Phoenix guard’s isolation gift to hoops fans

South East Melbourne Phoenix point guard Kyle Adnam had just moved into his new home when the state went into virtual coronavirus lockdown.

The new franchise’s popular cult figure had just slid the couch into the Elwood digs he and partner Anastasia Hallinan had purchased together when the government announced “stay home” isolation measures and social distancing rules in a bid to stop the spread of the virus.

Kyle Adnam produced a strong individual season for the Phoenix. Picture: Michael KleinSource:News Corp Australia

Kyle Adnam spreading the message on Instagram. Picture: Kyle Adnam/InstagramSource:Supplied

But Australia’s newest Boomer says those are first-world problems, urging basketball fans — and all Australians — to adhere to the expert advice.

“We’ve been in here now for two weeks, so as soon as we got in we were in pretty much full lockdown,” Adnam told the Herald Sun.

“There are still a few things we need to get to furnish the house, but a lot of the shops are closed and we’re only meant to leave for the essentials, so that’s all right, we’ll do with what we’ve got right now.

“It’s kept us busy, making a new little home for ourselves, which has been awesome.

“I’m encouraging everyone to focus on the things that we’ve been told to do at the moment — stay home, wash your hands, social distancing — and make the most of some family time and some time to yourself at home.”


Adnam’s immediate future is up in the air, with plans to play in the NZNBL with Wellington all but scotched, but he is under contract with the Phoenix for next season, meaning he does not have to deal with the uncertainty of free agency in these extraordinary times.

“It’s obviously a difficult time for a lot of people, especially for those guys who are in free agency,” he said.

“The timing of this virus may be difficult for signings and for players who have to provide for their families, but I know the clubs, NBL and players’ association are very understanding of the situation.”

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Adnam and the Phoenix have come up with a creative way for fans to beat the isolations blues, filming an online skills clinic they can access from home.

“Obviously being a big community-based club and being in such a rich area for basketball, we wanted to give back, not just to our loyal supporters, but anyone who wants to get involved and sharpen up their skills, have a bit of physical activity and a bit of fun with the family,” he said.

“It’s targeted at beginners, intermediate and advanced players, there are some tricks in there, there are some really basic skills and some more technical stuff.

“It’s pretty simple stuff you can do at home with or without a court.”


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