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Adam Gibson shakes off surgery to suit up against China

Brisbane Bullets recruit Adam Gibson might be recovering from ankle surgery but according to CPA Australia NBL All Australian Team Head Coach Andrej Lemanis, he is already showing good form. [ooyala code="N2cWVhMzE6M5VEqKnghb7XF2TJjBevxd" player_id="d5b993422b3e4b5ebd61f9e19ca2a6a5" width="1920" height="1080" auto="true"]   “He’s looking great out there. I’ve been impressed with his play considering he only had surgery a couple of months ago. Gibson brings much needed international experience to the All Australian side which heads to China today for the 3 game series against the Chinese National Team and is also using the selection to help in his preparation to play under Boomers Coach Andrej Lemanis at Brisbane in the upcoming NBL season and fight for a spot in the Boomers side for Rio. “We’re using the same system as the Boomers will be running in Rio and it also helps as it’s the same system we’ll run in Brisbane as well. For me it is definitely trying to learn the offence and get that side of things down but also it’s about trying to get fit while helping out the NBL team and put on a good show.” “Andrej brought me in for my leadership and experience. Most of these guys have played for Australia but not a great deal so we’re just getting everyone used to international play, the standard and what we will come up against,” he said. “We will face a lot of adversity, some of our guys have been injured and it’s a really short trip to play three games, so the key thing is to get everyone on the same page as quickly as possible.” While the Coach is happy with his progress thus far Gibson said he was taking his time with his ankle recovery. “It is a slow process. I had ankle surgery about 8 weeks ago so I’m definitely under done and just taking it day by day and will see how it goes but so far it feels ok and slightly progressing.” “I have played against the Chinese national team a bunch of times however not for some time. I think the last time we (the Boomers) played the official National Team was at the London Olympics so its been a while.” “It will be exciting to see who they have and they are always a tough team and a big nation. A lot of their guards are 6 7”, 6 8” and they shoot the three ball well so in Rio they would be a tough team to play against. Some of their key strengths are their height, rebounding and outside shooting. We have to make sure we can rebound with our small line up (compared to them) and stop them shooting threes.” While coming back from off season to play international basketball can be hard Gibson said the players were loving being involved in the newly introduced All Australian team “I think having this NBL All Australian team is a great thing for League. For us as players to get to play with other great players from other teams it is a great opportunity and it’s a lot of fun coming into a camp like this but if the games go well for the NBL it is only going to help with more coverage and more opportunities.   The NBL have been making some great moves over the past year or two. This series is an upward step so hopefully if it goes well the All Australian set up can continue over the years to come.”    
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