Giddey addresses award denial, focuses on next NBA season

But he developed a hip problem which team medical staff managed until it flared up after All-Star Weekend.

“It was hard to just sit there and watch,” Giddey said.

“At the end of the day, we ran out of games [to return in] but I’m healthy now and I’ll have a full off season under my belt and I’ll be right back next season.

“The NBA season is a long, long season. You can’t understand it until you experience it when you play consecutive games, you enter different cities at 2 am or 3 am. It’s a busy schedule. »

Despite the difficulty, Giddey wants to play all 82 games next season.

“I played 54 games, which is double an NBL season, and I missed an entire NBL season (28 games due to injury) after that, so it’s a long, long year. And even if you’re not playing, you’re still traveling and being part of the team,” Giddey said.

“Hopefully I can play all 82 games next season and be able to tell you what it looks like.”

Giddey is currently at home in Australia catching up with family and friends, including watching his AFL side Hawthorn play in Melbourne at the MCG on Saturday.

Then his mind will turn to preparing for the next few turbulent years as his Thunder look to move up the NBA rankings and Australia’s Boomers look to better bronze in Tokyo with success at the FIBA ​​World Cup. in 2023 and at the Paris Olympics. in 2024.

“I probably won’t do anything [with the Boomers] this offseason,” Giddey said.


“But the World Cup is next year, the Olympics in 2024 and I will definitely be part of it and hopefully we can win our first ever gold medal.”

Giddey expects to work on his shooting and strength because he knows gains in those areas will make him an even better player in the NBA.

He knows other young stars will work just as hard and that will help drive him, as will his equally motivated teammates in Oklahoma City.

“This offseason is important to me,” Giddey said.


“The jump from first to second year that you see in some guys can be significant, so I want to get stronger and work on my shooting. Now is the perfect time to do that and focus on the things I want to improve at.

“There’s no better time to do that than now.”

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