Breakers' Akil Mitchell having problems with eye that popped out in sickening accident, returns to USA

The Breakers will be without injured star Akil Mitchell for the remainder of the NBL season, with the forward returning to home to the USA to receive further treatment on his injured eye.

Mitchell, 24, suffered a sickening injury to his left eye against the Cairn Taipans when contesting a rebound with centre Nnanna Egwu, leaving the eyeball out of the socket.

Mitchell is smiling today after his eyeball popped out last night in a match. Source: 1 NEWS

Today the Breakers confirmed that Mitchell, who has been with the club since 2016, has been released in order to seek medical attention for his eye, and that he will miss the crucial end of season match with Melbourne United on Friday.

Breakers coach Paul Henare thanked Mitchell for his services in what's been a difficult season for the club, insisting that the player's health is the most important thing.

"Akil has been magnificent these past two weeks since the injury suffered against Cairns," Henare said in a media release.

Mitchell collapsed against Cairns Taipans in an incident that's been reported round the world. Source: 1 NEWS

"Right from the moment he left the floor with one arm raised to the fans, thinking of them despite the obvious pain and distress he was in, he has been a model of professionalism and has lived Breakers values in all he has said and done."

"However, it has become clear in recent days that he was not making the progress he would like and his agent has organized for him to receive further treatment back home."

"Understandably healing 100% from this injury is of the utmost concern to Akil and we as a team and club support him in that goal and wish him a full recovery."

Mitchell thanked the club and it's supporters for welcoming him.

"I leave with a heavy heart but I must do all I can to make sure I return to full health," Mitchell said.

"The past few weeks have been a rollercoaster to say the least, but I have never lacked for the support and love of my team mates, coaches and everyone at the club.

"The messages from the fans here at the Breakers and from back home in the US have meant the world to me and my family."



Breakers star Corey Webster pleads not guilty to assault charges

Breakers point guard Corey Webster has pleaded not guilty today to three assault charges.

Corey Webster of the NZ Breakers. Source: Photosport

Webster, 28, is facing charges of common assault, assault with intent to injure over an alleged attack at an Auckland bar in November last year.

He will reappear in North Shore District Court on March 27.  


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Basketball a family affair in the Adams family

Steven Adams' basketball skills seem to run in the family, with his older brother Mohi Beckham-Adams coaching his daughter's team at the National Maori Basketball tournament in Rotorua.

Beckham-Adams, 36, is 13 years older than his NBA star brother and is coaching the under-15 Te Arawa girls' basketball team at the annual tournament.

Beckham-Adams's daughter Jada shares the same comedic attitude like her uncle Steven, saying she could beat him one-on-one.

"I reckon, I reckon I can paste him up any day straight up," said Jada.

Jada, 14, plays shooting guard while her uncle Steven plays centre for the Oklahoma City Thunder.

"The rest of my aunties and uncles from the Adams side are here, they're pushing me to do well.

"He'll [Steven] probably send us a message like 'good job egg' or something like that," said Jada.

The under-15 Te Arawa girls' basketball team have made it through to the final which will played later today.

Adams' older brother Mohi Beckham-Adams is coaching the U-15 Te Arawa girls team at the Maori Basketball tournament in Rotorua. Source: Te Karere


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