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Brisbane announce Gibson, Kickert as inital signings

The Brisbane Bullets today announced experienced duo Adam Gibson and Daniel Kickert – both Australian representatives – as initial key signings for the club’s anticipated return to the National Basketball League in the upcoming 2016/17 season. Gibson made his professional debut with the Brisbane Bullets in 2005, after attending the Australian Institute of Sport. Originally from Tasmania, “Gibbo" was a key member of NBL Championship teams in 2007 (Brisbane Bullets) and 2009 (South Dragons). He has spent the last four seasons with the Adelaide 36ers. The affable 29-year old guard also boasts a distinguished international career, representing Australia at the 2012 London Olympics, 2013 FIBA Oceania Championship, 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup and 2015 FIBA Oceania Championship. “The Bullets were my first NBL club and I feel privileged and excited to be given the opportunity to return and help rebuild the club to its glory days,” Gibson said. Kickert also brings a superb basketball pedigree and was a standout performer for the prestigious Saint Mary’s College of California before playing professionally in Europe between 2006 and 2014. “Kicks” represented Australia at the 2006 FIBA World Championships. The power forward has played with Melbourne United the past two seasons and was recently named to the 2015/16 All-NBL First Team. “I’ve really enjoyed being back in Australia, and competing in the NBL the last couple of years. My focus is to continually grow and improve as a player; so I jumped to be part of what the Bullets are going to create on the court and in the community,” he said. Kickert and Gibson have been secured on contracts for two and three seasons respectively. Brisbane Bullets head coach Andrej Lemanis, who’ll guide the Australian Boomers at this year’s Olympic Games in Rio, said: “I’m really pleased that Adam and Daniel have agreed to join the Bullets family this season. “They are both tremendous players, but just as importantly, tremendous people that will help us establish and promote the club's vision and values. “Both had options available to them this season and so the fact they believed in our program, its direction and purpose reflects that we’re starting this the right way. I thank both of them for the trust they have shown in me and the club by making this decision. “My belief is in order to have sustained success, we need to build with a core of players over time - Adam and Daniel are great people for us to have as part of that. “They are proven performers at both an NBL and international level, and I know they are committed to creating an environment which leads to success on and off the court. “I look forward to working with them and seeing them contribute to the culture of basketball in Brisbane, and the community in general.” The Brisbane Bullets are committed to spending the salary cap and will announce more player signings next week.
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