Aron Baynes to work out for NBA teams in Las Vegas one year after spinal cord injury

Aron Baynes, who sustained a spinal cord injury after a freak fall last summer while playing for Australia’s national team at the Tokyo Olympics, has resumed his career and will be training for NBA teams in Las Vegas on Friday.

Baynes was in hospitals in Tokyo and Brisbane for almost two months last summer when he learned to walk again. He only returned to basketball in January after regaining strength from daily physical therapy after grueling weeks, and is now ready to show teams his progress.

Baynes was knocked unconscious on July 28 when he fell into the toilet he had gone to in the fourth quarter of Australia’s Olympic pool game against Italy. When he came to, he had numbness in his limbs and could not walk. He was taken to hospital where scans showed internal bleeding was putting pressure on his spine.

“It’s a remarkable comeback and a testament to all the hard work he’s put in,” Baynes agent Daniel Moldovan told ESPN.

Baynes, 35, has played nine seasons in the NBA and averaged 6.1 points and 5.2 rebounds with the Toronto Raptors in the 2020-21 season. He won an NBA title with the San Antonio Spurs in 2014 and was part of Australia’s bronze medal team last summer, the country’s first Olympic medal.

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Emma Bowman

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