Nearly Paralyzed in 2021, Former NBA Center Holds Workout For Teams

It's been a long road back, but former NBA center Aron Baynes is holding workouts Friday for NBA teams in Las Vegas during the Summer League gathering of team execs. Baynes was left unable to walk after a freak accident during last summer's Olympics, and was feared to be paralyzed. He has recovered, and is ready to make a comback.

Baynes was knocked unconscious and was suffering from internal bleeding and pressure on his spine after a fall at the Tokyo Olympics. He spent two months in hospital last year, actually learning to walk again, as reported by ESPN's Brian Windhorst

"It's a remarkable comeback and a testament to all the hard work he's put in," Daniel Moldovan, Baynes' agent, told Windhorst.

The 35-year-old Baynes has played 9 seasons in the NBA, for five different teams. He has career averages of 6 points and 4.6 rebounds. He was last on the Toronto Raptors in 2020-21. 

Coming back to play in the league after the tragic events of the last year would be an incredible story. Everyone in the basketball world is pulling for this truly gentle giant.

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