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Sunday, May 31, 2020

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Andrew Bogut may retire early due to Olympics postponement

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Andrew Bogut had the end of his basketball career all planned out before the coronavirus pandemic ruined those plans.

Bogut had planned to retire after playing for Australia at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, but is no longer sure what to do after the games were pushed back to 2021.

“I haven’t done any basketball since the season ended and it feels good waking up, getting out of bed and not feeling like I’m walking on glass,” Bogut told Australian program “Offsiders,” via Dennis Passa of the Associated Press. “It’s (my career) all been thrown into a washing machine essentially … but there’s a decision to be made probably by mid-May.”

Bogut said he enjoyed being able to spend time with his young children and put them to bed himself, but added that the chance to play for what he considered potentially the best Australian Olympic basketball team ever was tantalizing.

“We’ve been tantalizingly close and the squad we’re going to have is arguably going to be the best squad in the history of the Boomers, on paper at least,” Bogut said. “To be part of that, selfishly, is something I really want to do, but the body is what it comes down to.

“I can get up for a basketball game any day of the week, but it’s hard to get up for five, six days of training a week and lifting weights.”

Bogut has been a big success playing at home in Australia after a long NBA career, and he could probably still play in the United States based on the comments of his former coach. The 35-year-old is clearly starting to feel the impacts of age, though. It would be a shame if the delayed Olympics prematurely ended his basketball career.

Andrew Bogut calls out LeBron James for hypocrisy over China situation

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LeBron James has been heavily criticized by fans and the media for the first public comments he made on the situation between the NBA and China, and now one of his peers has weighed in.

Andrew Bogut, who spent a brief time as LeBron’s teammate with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2017, sent a cryptic tweet on Tuesday that was clearly directed at LeBron. He emphasized what many others have been saying — that some people are willing to stand behind a social movement until it directly impacts their own financial situation.

LeBron considers himself to be a leader in the social justice movement and has demanded that star athletes get behind those causes and refuse to “shut up and dribble.” But after Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey tweeted his support for pro-democracy protestors in Hong Kong, LeBron said Morey was not “educated” about the topic and should have considered the consequences. He also apparently thought Morey should be punished for the tweet, even though the GM was speaking out in favor of free speech like LeBron has done in the past.

Bogut’s opinion is one that is shared by many. LeBron has outed himself as a hypocrite by seemingly caring more about China’s business relationship with the NBA — and protecting his own endorsement deals — than standing up for what is right.

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Steve Kerr open to Andrew Bogut returning to Warriors

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Andrew Bogut may be turning 35 later this year, but Steve Kerr would still welcome him back to the Golden State Warriors for a third tour of duty.

In an interview this week with The Daily Telegraph, the Warriors head coach said that he would be open to bringing back the veteran center, who recently left for another season back home in Australia with the NBL’s Sydney Kings.

“We loved having Bogues at the Warriors last year,” said Kerr. “I think it was really good for him to play in Sydney. Part of that was just being home. It’s a better lifestyle than the NBA. But yeah, [Bogut returning to the Warriors] is something that I’d be into again.

“He is one of the best passing big men who has ever lived,” Kerr continued. “What he did for the Boomers in that win against Team USA didn’t surprise me. Andrew just seems rejuvenated to me. From a few years ago to now, he is playing better than he has in years.”

Bogut, the former No. 1 overall pick, also played for Sydney last year, winning NBL MVP and Best Defensive Player honors. After the season in Australia was complete, he then returned to the Warriors in March and played some important rotation minutes for them during their NBA Finals run.

With the Dubs frontcourt having lost Kevin Durant, Andre Iguodala, Jordan Bell, and Damian Jones this summer, there does still appear to be room for Bogut if he wants to return late in the season. Hopefully though, it doesn’t catch his agent off-guard again this time.

Andrew Bogut’s agent was caught off-guard by Warriors’ interest

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Andrew Bogut made a surprise return to the NBA with the Golden State Warriors earlier this month. It was so surprising, in fact, that even his agent was caught off-guard.

Bogut relayed a funny story in which the Warriors’ interest in bringing him back to the NBA developed so quickly, his agent didn’t even realize he was talking to them until Bogut informed him.

“Funny enough, my agent didn’t even know,” Bogut said, via Ethan Strauss of The Athletic. “I told my agent, ‘Hey I’m talking to the Warriors,’ and he was like, ‘What the f—? Do they know I’m your agent? Why don’t they call me?'”

There were hints of interest early in the month, but it certainly sounds like Bogut only had eyes for the Warriors when he realized he could play in the NBA again. It also sounds like it came together very, very quickly — so quickly that his agent was initially caught flat-footed.

Andrew Bogut cleared by Australian league to sign with Warriors

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The Golden State Warriors are adding a familiar face to provide frontcourt depth in time for the postseason.

Following a season in which he was named the MVP of Australia’s National Basketball League, Andrew Bogut has agreed to a deal to return to the Warriors. Bogut’s agent told Shams Charania of The Athletic on Wednesday that the center has received clearance from the NBL and will sign with Golden State on a one-year, league minimum contract.

Bogut, 34, last played in the NBA for the Los Angeles Lakers, where he averaged just 9.0 minutes per game. He was with the Warriors when they won their first NBA title in 2015, and his performance with the Sydney Kings this past season led to several contending teams showing interest in him. Assuming he can continue to perform like he did overseas, Bogut will provide Golden State with solid bench depth down the stretch.

Report: Warriors will sign Andrew Bogut for remainder of season

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Andrew Bogut is returning to the NBA in a familiar place.

According to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports, the Golden State Warriors are poised to sign Bogut for the remainder of the season once he receives his letter of clearance from the Australian league’s Sydney Kings.

Bogut, who was also targeted by both the Philadelphia 76ers and Boston Celtics, will provide center depth for the Warriors. He was with the team when they won their first NBA title in 2015, but was ultimately a financial casualty after the team signed Kevin Durant one year later.

Bogut is coming off an MVP season for the Sydney Kings, where he posted 11.4 points and 11.6 rebounds per game. The Warriors will welcome him back, and he should provide valuable frontcourt depth for the squad.

Report: Warriors, 76ers among teams interested in Andrew Bogut

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Andrew Bogut left the NBA last year to sign with an Australian team, and he showed enough with his play overseas that multiple teams are interested in adding him for the stretch run.

According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, the Golden State Warriors and Philadelphia 76ers are among the contending teams that are interested in signing Bogut, who just finished an MVP season with the Sydney Kings.

Bogut, 34, last played in the NBA for the Los Angeles Lakers, where he averaged just 9.0 minutes per game. While the level of competition is much different in the NBA, teams obviously believe he can still provide front court depth.