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Boomers centre Aron Baynes aiming for NBA comeback less than a year after Olympics injury almost paralysed him

When Australia’s big centre Aron Baynes withdrew from the Boomers’ Olympic campaign in Tokyo, the extent of his injury was not well publicised.

It was later revealed that the 35-year-old NBA screen-setter slipped in the bathroom when he left the court in the fourth quarter of Australia’s pool match against Italy, falling heavily.

Baynes was rushed to hospital, where scans showed signs of internal bleeding putting pressure on his spine. Then, the 6’10” former Raptors player dropped out of sight.

Baynes missed the entire NBA season with the Toronto Raptors due to his injury.(Getty Images: Joe Murphy/NBAE)

But earlier this year, in a cryptic social media post, Baynes hinted that he was starting to emerge from his dark injury cloud, writing: “The long road back. Grateful for it all.”

His agent, Daniel Moldovan said Baynes couldn’t walk, hold a pen, or even hug his own children when he…


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