Greg Hire: Andre Ingram departure highlights seriousness of mental health

Greg Hire: Andre Ingram departure highlights seriousness of mental health

WITH Andre Ingram departing our club, it further highlights the relentless nature of mental health issues.

It reinforces mental health problems can affect anyone at anytime and, judging by some of the comments I’ve received regarding his departure, it’s clear naivety and stigma are prominent.

To say the events surrounding the club in recent weeks have not affected us would be a bluff.

It would be hard to find anyone in the team who has dealt with similar circumstances but I also know no one would use it as an excuse for reduced form.

Jaron Johnson needs to be commended for the way he has conducted himself. His professionalism has been exceptional and his desire to make an impact has been infectious.

I look forward to seeing Jaron excel.

We definitely felt we let an opportunity slip against the Illawarra Hawks.

Missing two of our point guards, we knew it would be a challenge, but we looked forward to the test.

For us, the difference in the game was in two areas: turnovers and offensive rebounds.

By turning the ball over 19 times and being dominated on the glass, we allowed the Hawks extra possessions.

We will look to rectify this against the young Adelaide 36ers squad at Perth Arena on Saturday.

Playing with an abundance of energy and confidence, we need to stamp our authority on the game from tip-off.

This will be an exciting match-up so make sure you’re there with the rest of the Red Army as we look to build some momentum.