The Brisbane Bullets of the NBL are faced with the rather pessimistic prospect that they will be deprived of the services of Cameron Bairstow for an indefinite period following a grisly knee injury when his left knee buckled awkwardly during a fast break during an overtime period in a game against Illawarra.
The Bullets were making the most of a marquee signing of Bairstow, a player with NBA credentials who played for the Chicago Bulls and also made a nice contribution to the Boomers run at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
At 26 years of age, he was truly coming into the prime of his basketball years, so although an injury of any degree is never convenient, the severity and the timing of this one has serious implications for Bairstow, along with the Bullets.
Playing in extra time in a 91 – 85 loss to the Illawarra Hawks, Bairstow crumpled to the floor of the Brisbane Convention Centre during an affair that featured the Bullets committing 25 turnovers.
Bullets coach Andrej Lemanis, commenting after the game after Bairstow exited on crutches, apparently unaware of the irony contained in his statement to the press, said, “You can’t win with 25 turnovers. Four of them were in the overtime period…we keep shooting ourselves in the foot.”