Hart pumped up to play

Reports by AARON KELLY aaron.kelly@capnews.com.au

ROCKHAMPTON Stadium Nightclub Rockets US import Michael Hart will wear a protective glove when he makes his longawaited debut at Rockhampton's Hegvold Stadium tonight.

After six weeks nursing a broken hand, a recharged Hart will finally hit the court for the Rockets' Cavalier Corporation QABL Sunstate Division re-match with South West Metro.

Hart said the "homemade'' glove ? made out of a mesh material ? was for precautionary measures and was fully legal.

"It's something we (Rockets) made up ourselves,'' Hart said. Hart said the glove had passed the test at practice this week when he copped a hit on the injured hand.

The 30-year-old joins fellow US import and former USBL (United States Basketball League) team-mate Gyasi Cline-Heard to suit-up for their Rockets debuts.

Cline-Heard was only cleared to play late yesterday afternoon after arriving in Rockhampton last week.

Hart said he was raring to go after "a vacation from hell'' and was keen to "entertain'' Rockhampton's lively home crowd.

"I'm ready to get back,'' Hart said.

"The last couple of games have been tough on the sidelines and it's going to have to be a full team effort.''

Rockets coach Neal Tweedy was a relieved man yesterday with both of his star recruits certain starters.

"After watching them at training this week, they're both going to be crowd favourites,'' Tweedy said.

The pair will start the game alongside Scott brothers, Paul and Glenn, and captain Darren Richardson against the Derek Rucker-coached South West outfit.

Tip-off is at 8pm.



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