Credit: FIBA
Credit FIBA

The neck injury that Aron Baynes suffered in the Tokyo Olympics is "more significant than initially diagnosed," Shams Charania of The Athletic reports, adding that the player remains in the hospital and was unable to join his teammates on the podium as they received their bronze medals.

This means that the Australian center could be sidelined for the entire or most part of the 2021-22 season. The Boomers announced that Baynes had been ruled out for the remainder of the Tokyo Olympics after he sustained a neck injury in Australia's win over Italy in group play. Baynes had undergone a series of tests at the time and was expected to recover "in the coming weeks."

“I am really disappointed that I can’t continue in the Olympics,” said Baynes. “I along with the rest of the team have been working so hard in our quest for a historic Olympic medal and I am gutted that I can’t complete the journey with the boys, but I have every confidence that they will get the job done.”

Baynes spent the 2020-21 NBA season with the Toronto Raptors, averaging 6.1 points and 5.2 rebounds over 53 games (31 starts). The Raptors waived him on August 4, making him an unrestricted free agent.

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Aron Baynes

Aron  Baynes
Position: C
Age: 34
Height: 208 cm
Weight: 123 kg
Birth place: Australia