Newley surgery a success

Newley surgery a success

Basketball Australia can confirm that Olympian Brad Newley has successfully undergone knee surgery in Istanbul.

Newley, a Commonwealth Games Gold Medallist that represented Australia at the 2006 World Championship and the Beijing Olympics, underwent surgery to repair a torn meniscus last week.

Newley will miss another four to five weeks of action while rehabbing the injury.

“I’ve been out one month and I’m going to be out another month, so it hasn’t been great,” Newley told SEN Sport Radio’s ‘In the Paint’ program on Sunday night via telephone from Turkey.

“I started playing really well before I had the injury but the last month has been pretty quiet for me.

“The important thing is the team continues to win as we’re trying to win the Turkish league.”

Newley was the NBL Rookie of the Year in 2005 while with the Townsville Crocodiles and was drafted by the Houston Rockets in the NBA in 2007 with the 54th pick overall.

He is yet to play in the NBA but has averaged 17.8 points and 4.3 rebounds per game in the Turkish domestic competition with Besiktas, with a season high 33 points against Aliaga on November 21.

“My team is considered the Collingwood of the Turkish league; we wear the same colours and our fans are very passionate and in our big games they come out in droves.

“When we play against smaller teams you don’t have as many in there but they’re very vocal.

“I played in Greece for the last two years so I’ve had a bit of a warm up to the whole experience and I’m kind of used to the whistles and the missiles being lobbed onto the court but it all adds to the excitement and you grow an extra leg when you play.

“I’m enjoying myself over here in Turkey.”

Newley has the added bonus of watching the host nation prepare for the 2010 FIBA World Championship.

The event will take place in Turkey from August 28 to September 12 next year and will be played in four venues across as many cities, with Ankara, Kayseri, Istanbul and Izmir hosting the twenty-four nations vying for global glory.  

Australia has been drawn in Group A with Argentina, Serbia, Germany, Angola and Jordan.

“I haven’t been able to play too much so I’ve been doing a fair bit of analysing of that sort of stuff,” Newley said.

“It’s a good group for us. People can say, ‘it’s strong, it’s strong’, but no matter who you play, on their day they’re going to be tough.

“Angola can surprise you, Jordan we don’t know anything about, then you’ve got Serbia, Germany and Argentina and they’re all proven customers.

“The most important thing for the Boomers is for us to be together for as long as possible and to try and have our best group and I think this is the best group we’ve had for a number of years.

“At the recent Olympics we started to perform really well towards the end and particularly the young guys stepped up and I think we can put in a good performance on Turkey.”

By Bill Baxter for Basketball Australia