Since Wednesday is Merv Lindsay's 20th birthday and he is spending it in Australia with the rest of his teammates, the New Mexico forward had an interesting theory about how long he should get to celebrate.
As a result of the 16-hour time difference, he suggested his birthday should last 40 hours, spanning from when August 7 began in Australia to when it ends in Albuquerque.
Lindsay's extended birthday was a travel day as the Lobos flew early Wednesday morning from Sydney to Melbourne for their game against the SEABL All-Stars. Along the way they learned some differences between traveling internationally and domestically – Sydney airport didn't require people to remove their shoes or throw away their water bottles before passing through security.
Once the Lobos made it to Melbourne, Lindsay's birthday celebration continued with a team-wide tour of the Koorie Heritage Trust Cultural Centre, where players learned about the five aboriginal tribes of the area. A tour guide of aboriginal descent showed the Lobos how to throw a boomerang as a weapon and how to play the didgeridoo, plus he selected Lindsay to model a thick coat, shield and spear favored by aboriginal warriors.
Lindsay, a Southern California native who transferred to New Mexico from Kansas last year, made his Lobos debut in Tuesday's first exhibition game of the trip, delivering three points and three rebounds off the bench in an 87-85 win over the Sydney Kings. He spoke below to teammate Kendall Williams about his 20th birthday, what he has enjoyed most about being in Australia and how it felt finally donning a New Mexico jersey in a game.
Sophomore forward Merv Lindsay:
Dalton Neal, Craig Neal's younger son, plays the didgeridoo:
Previously in the series:
• New Mexico in Australia, Day 1: Lobos arrive in Sydney after grueling travel day
• New Mexico in Australia, Day 2: Appendicitis delays Cullen Neal's long-awaited debut
• New Mexico in Australia, Day 3: Lobos open Craig Neal era with a comeback win