Hungry Jack's NBL
ADAM GIBSON: Returning to form, returning to Brisbane
For any athlete, surgery during the off-season usually calls for rest and recuperation, with an equal serving of relaxation and recovery. Not for Adam Gibson. Just eight weeks after ankle surgery, the 29-year old signed up for the CPA Australia NBL All Australian Tour, to take part in the three-game series in China. “This was my eighth trip to China as a player and this was the best tour I have been on - the NBL went above and beyond,” said Gibson. “I might have suited up a bit early but because we were so well looked after, I felt really comfortable and got to play more than I expected to.” With Australian Boomers training camp fast approaching, “Gibbo” jumped at the chance to return to the court and train under National Head Coach Andrej Lemanis. “I didn’t play in Game One because it was too soon, and after Game Two I pulled up a little sore that next morning. “We couldn’t do ice baths over there because you have trouble getting anything that’s not lukewarm in China,” he said. “I wasn’t sure that I was going to play Game Three but it ended up feeling good enough, so I played and got through it pretty well. “It was a real highlight playing Game Three at the Olympic Stadium – it’s a huge stadium with a great atmosphere.” While Gibson now focuses on yet another possible Olympics campaign in August, he can’t help but be excited about the Brisbane Bullets and their NBL return. “I can’t wait to get started with the Bullets again. I’m really excited about how the roster is growing and how impressive the front office is shaping up to be. We’re definitely bringing back the Bullets in form,” he said.
#WelcomeBackGibbo - @adamgibson_1 had 25pts at 82% in today's #FlashbackFriday feature on https://t.co/tuNgF3HErj. pic.twitter.com/xuxxakGKem — Brisbane Bullets (@BrisbaneBullets) April 8, 2016He was the first player signing for the relaunched franchise, alongside renowned NBL shooter Daniel Kickert. “In the small amount of minutes that I got to play in China, I got to play with Kickert and feed the ball to him for some shots,” he said. “We haven’t played in the NBL together before so that was a lot of fun, and hopefully we will be doing a lot more of that over the next couple of years.”