Newley down, possibly out

Newley down, possibly out

Basketball Australia can confirm that Brad Newley rolled his left ankle while training with the Australia Post Boomers on the Gold Coast today. He will undergo scans tomorrow to determine the degree of damage, but it is thought that he

Basketball Australia can confirm that Brad Newley rolled his left ankle while training with the Australia Post Boomers on the Gold Coast today.

He will undergo scans tomorrow to determine the degree of damage, but it is thought that he may have a grade 2 ligament tear.

Newley is now in doubt for the Boomers’ tour of Europe which begins on July 28, where they will play games against Italy, Serbia, Croatia, Turkey and Slovenia.

Newley arrived at the camp on Monday after playing for the Houston Rockets at an NBA Summer Camp in Las Vegas.

“It’s the most common injury in basketball,” team physio Steve Evans said.

“It was just bad luck and is not related in any way to fatigue.”

“He was able to put weight on it, so we think it might be a week-to-10-day thing.”

Boomers Head Coach Brian Goorjian remained calm when discussing the setback.

“I only get emotional when I know for sure a guy is unavailable,” Goorjian said.

“We’re hoping it’s not serious and he’ll be right for the tour but we won’t know the extent of the severity until tomorrow.

“Other than that, the practice was excellent and the guys are looking good.”

The Boomers are preparing for the 2007 FIBA Oceania Men’s Championship against New Zealand on August 20, 22 and 24 in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane for the right to play in Beijing.