Thon Maker answers questions after being selected 10th overall by the Milwaukee Bucks during the NBA draft in June.
Thon Maker answers questions after being selected 10th overall by the Milwaukee Bucks during the NBA draft in June. Frank Franklin II

NBA rookie Maker says injury 'happened for a reason'

BASKETBALL: Australian NBA rookie Thon Maker says a sprained right wrist in his first pre-season practice with the Milwaukee Bucks happened for a reason.

The 19-year-old, who was born in Sudan and raised in Australia, was cleared of any serious injury.

He had tests at team headquarters in Milwaukee, but returned to the training camp wearing a wrist brace.

"I think it happened for a reason, just so I can get better with my left hand,” the 10th pick in the NBA draft joked.

"I'll be back in a few days.”

Bucks coach Jason Kidd said Maker was keen to get back to work.

"That's his mentality, he's a player, he wants to get better,” Kidd said.

"Hopefully the swelling goes down and he can get back here in the next couple of days.

"We miss his energy, but his health is a big concern for us, making sure he's healthy and ready to go.”

Maker said at the team's media day on Monday that he had been working hard on his speed since making his debut in the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas in July.

"I had to get a boost in speed in all aspects of the game, just to get up to NBA speed,” he said.



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