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Burrows back in action in France

Bahamian pro basketball player happy to be back on the court

It’s been a long and unusual offseason for Bahamian professional basketball player Jaraun “Kino” Burrows but he returned to action this past week for the Fos Provence Basket Byers and helped the team to two victories.

In the French LNB Pro B Leaders Cup against the Antibes Sharks in Chessy, France, last Friday, Burrows scored 21 points and pulled down eight rebounds. They won 76-59.

In the second game on Tuesday night in the French Cup against Elan Chalon, his team won 81-65 at the Coliséum in Amiens, France. He had another eight-rebound performance and dropped in 15 points.

The veteran is off to a great start and will look to keep it going as the regular season gets underway in early October.

“I am really happy to be back on the court,” Burrows said. “Last season finished prematurely in March and I immediately went into confinement in France. I was stuck in Europe because the borders were closed. I was able to come home for three weeks. After the first week at home, the country went into a full lockdown. The only peace is getting back on the basketball court, so I am enjoying playing the game more than ever before.”

Since the COVID-19 pandemic became widespread, life has changed for sports. For Burrows, he says the league has taken precautionary measures this season.

“There is weekly testing. There is mask and social distancing measures. The coronavirus has been going around with some teams in the league. Once they have a case, they automatically confine that person and test the team. We have been fortunate so far. Hopefully, it stays that way,” Burrows said.

The offseason has been tough for the Bahamian professional player, and he is trying to get back into game shape by putting in more work.

“It is still early. It was a tough preseason because I did not have the summer that I usually have where I would be able to get the workouts that I normally get in. It has been challenging in the preseason and staying healthy. I try not to wake up with any pain. For the most part, I feel good. It has been a lot of extra work, a lot of rehab, prehab and proprioception. I have been putting in work with the trainer and stretching in the mornings and nights. I am focusing on my body and my health,” he said.

Burrows said he is looking forward to the start of the regular season and has been with the new group, building chemistry on and off the court. The big man is looking forward to competing night in and night out and embracing the daily grind.

Burrows will be back in action tomorrow night in the Leaders Cup event. Fos Provence Basket will go up against his former team, Aix-Maurienne.

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Simba French

Simba joined The Nassau Guardian in 2012 as a technical producer for Guardian Radio 96.9 FM. He joined the Editorial Department as a sports reporter in 2018. Simba has covered a wide range of sports stories, including the 2018 CARIFTA in Nassau, Bahamas. Education: College of the Bahamas, BA Media Journalism

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