Adelaide 36ers captain Brendan Teys is planning on using last season’s heartbreaking semi-finals loss as motivation.
The 27-year-old said his team are hungrier than ever for the 2017-18 title and have their eyes firmly set on the season ahead.
“Sometimes when teams have a disappointing end to the season like that you can really use that as motivation and a bit of an X factor moving forward for this year,” Teys said.
“I’m glad we’ve got the eight Australians coming back, the same core group, and with any luck we’ll be able to push for the championships this year.”
The newly appointed 36ers captain has undergone surgery during the break to solve a niggling knee injury that caused him severe pain last season.
“It’s something that’s been sore for years and years, but it’s always been really manageable,” Teys said.
“The last two weeks of the season it started really hurting, but I got by with a few pain killers here and there.”
After failed attempts at rehab, surgery was the only option to solve the issue.
“The surgeons told me once it’s done, it’s done it will be back to 100 per cent. It won’t be something I have to worry about in the future,” he said.
Teys is expected to be back to full fitness in a few weeks and has been training at the pool and in the gym to ensure he’s ready for the official start of preseason training.
During the break, the point guard has been keeping in touch with his teammates, Mitch Creek and Nathan Sobey, who are competing in the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas.
“I’m really happy for the guys. It’s a great opportunity for those guys to get the exposure and hopefully go on and get their NBA dream,” he said.
Despite wishing them the best, Teys admitted he doesn’t know which result he is more hopeful for.
“It would be great for them to be on a NBA team and realise their dream, but it would also be great if they don’t make it, so to speak, and come back and play for us.
“They’re huge parts of our team and we really would like them in the team to move forward and push for a championship.”