Hawks forward Tim Coenraad wasn’t sure how he would cope without basketball in the off-season.
After playing in the QBL and SEABL in recent off-seasons, Coenraad gave his body a well-earned rest to help him completely overcome the plantar fasciitis which plagued him throughout the 2012-13 NBL season.
‘‘It was good that I got to take care of my foot, even though I didn’t really like not playing in the off-season, but I knew it was necessary to get my foot right,’’ the 27-year-old said.
‘‘I didn’t start running until late June, so it was a bit of a shock to the system getting the ball back in the hands. That’s the longest I’ve gone without touching one.
‘‘I think it’s been a blessing in disguise because I feel a lot fresher and I feel my fitness has improved.’’
Coenraad started both games at the three-spot this season, averaging 11 points on 49per cent shooting.
He has hit three of six three-pointers and is averaging three rebounds, one assist and one turnover per game.
Meanwhile, ex-Hawk Anthony Petrie still isn’t used to the fact he’ll never oppose Glen Saville again.
Saville played 18 of his 19 NBL seasons with Wollongong before retiring this year.
Adelaide forward Petrie missed locking horns with his 2008-09 teammate when the 36ers beat the Hawks by six points on Saturday.
‘‘It’s still weird not seeing the old fella. It seems a bit strange,’’ Petrie said.
These days Saville has a lot less basketball in his life, except when he’s having fun on the backyard mini-hoop with toddler sons Riley and Flynn.
The two-time Olympian describes himself on Instagram as a ‘‘part-time home Dad and wannabe surfer’’.