The freakiest of accidents has ended Aron Baynes’ hopes of main Australia to Olympic gold on the court docket.
The Toronto Raptors and Australia middle will miss the remainder of the Tokyo Olympics as a consequence of a neck injury he suffered Wednesday. Baynes initially harm himself in the course of the first half of the Australia-Italy recreation, however his ailment worsened within the second half after he slipped within the group toilet.
“It was an advanced sequence of occasions,” Australia chief medical officer David Hughes advised reporters Friday, per Yahoo! Sports activities’ Kellen Forrest. “He did undergo an harm in the course of the match on the court docket, after which he had a slip within the toilet and suffered additional harm.”
Baynes had been enjoying effectively towards Italy as Australia’s beginning middle. He scored 14 factors and grabbed seven rebounds in 14 minutes previous to his harm.
Australia males’s basketball completed fourth within the 1996, 2000 and 2016 Olympics and is intent on incomes its first medal on the Tokyo Video games. Baynes advised reporters he nonetheless believes his teammates can obtain that objective with out him.
“I, together with the remainder of the group, have been working so laborious in our quest for a historic Olympic medal and I’m gutted that I can’t full the journey with the boys,” Baynes stated, per Forrest. “However I’ve each confidence that they are going to get the job performed.”
Baynes, 34, performed for the Boston Celtics in 2017-18 and 2018-19. The Celtics traded him to the Phoenix Suns in June 2019. He performed for the Western Convention aspect till November 2020 when he joined the Raptors on a two-year contract.