Andrew Bogut has announced his retirement from professional basketball.
Widely regarded as one the greatest and most successful players in Australian basketball history, Bogut made the announcement on his Rogue Bogues podcast on Tuesday morning, choosing to put an end to a professional career that spanned 15 years.
It was thought that Bogut, 36, would end his basketball career after the 2021 Tokyo Olympics, but the Sydney Kings center has decided to call time early.
Bogut mentioned a series of injuries he had to overcome over the off-season, including getting his ankle “cleaned out”, as well as being forced to get surgery to relieve a sciatica in his back.
“The decision hasn’t been an easy one, but I think it is the right decision,” Bogut said. “The decision that I made and where I will be signing for next season is absolutely nowhere. I will be retiring from professional basketball, effective immediately.”
The No. 1 overall pick in the 2005 NBA Draft, Bogut suited up for five different teams — the Milwaukee Bucks, Golden State Warriors, Dallas Mavericks, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Los Angeles Lakers — winning one NBA Championship, being named to the All-Rookie First Team (2006), an All-NBA Third Team (2010), an All-Defensive Second Team (2015), while finishing a season as the leader in blocked shots (2011).
After an injury-riddled career in the NBA, the native of Victoria chose to end his career in Australia’s NBL, signing with the Sydney Kings in 2018; going on to win the league’s MVP award in his first season with the team.
During his final season with the Kings, Bogut averaged 8.5 points, 8.8 rebounds, 2.6 assists, and 1.1 blocks per game, as the Will Weaver-led team chose to withdraw from the 2020 NBL Grand Final due to concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic.
Over 14 years in the NBA, Bogut finished with career averages of 9.6 points, 8.7 rebounds, 2.2 assists, and 1.5 blocks per game.
During his time in the NBA, NBL, and with the Australian senior national team, Bogut made a name for himself as one of the best passing big-men in the history of the sport, while also demonstrating himself to be an elite rim protector.
Bogut shot to international stardom at the 2003 FIBA under-19 World Championship, where led Australia to a gold medal, while walking away with the tournament’s most valuable player award. That would lead into a two-year stint at the University of Utah, where, as a sophomore, Bogut was named the Naismith College Player of the Year. His No. 4 jersey was retired by Utah in 2006.
In 2005, Bogut became the first of what’s now three Australians to be taken with the No. 1 overall pick in an NBA Draft, joining the Bucks. In 2012, Bogut was traded to the Warriors, where he would an NBA Championship, playing a key role for Stephen Curry’s team en route to the 2015 title.
The 7-footer had short stints in Dallas, Cleveland, and with the Los Angeles Lakers, before returning to Australia to be with his wife, who was undergoing a high-risk pregnancy.
Bogut’s NBA career had unfortunately been riddled with freak injuries, with the most recent serious diagnosis being a fractured tibia, in early 2017.
Bogut currently lives in Melbourne, and has been based in his hometown during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Memphis Grizzlies have fifth straight game postponed
It will be the Grizzlies’ fifth straight game postponed under the policy and sixth overall, matching the Washington Wizards for most in the NBA. The Wizards returned to action on Sunday, their first game in 13 days after six players tested positive for COVID-19 and three others had to miss several days following contact tracing.
The NBA said the game is being postponed due to contact tracing with the Grizzlies and the fact the team will not be able to practice before the scheduled game.
The Grizzlies have no new players entered into the health and safety protocols, a source told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
The next scheduled game for the Grizzlies is Saturday in San Antonio against the Spurs.
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Washington Wizards’ Russell Westbrook returning from quad injury
Washington Wizards guard Russell Westbrook will play in Sunday’s game against the San Antonio Spurs, according to coach Scott Brooks, marking his first game action in more than two weeks due to a left quadriceps injury.
Westbrook hasn’t played since Jan. 8 due to the injury, which was caused by repeated contact to his quadriceps area, according to the team. But he has missed only two games due to a COVID-19 outbreak among the Wizards that led to six games being postponed.
Sunday’s game is the first for the Wizards since a win over the Phoenix Suns on Jan. 11. They still have six players listed as out Sunday due to the NBA’s health and safety protocols.
Westbrook, who is listed as a starter Sunday, is averaging 19.3 points, 11.3 assists and 9.7 rebounds in seven games this season.
Damian Lillard drops new kicks to celebrate his iconic series winner over OKC
As if Damian Lillard didn’t already do enough emotional damage to the Oklahoma City Thunder with his epic walk-off 3 to end their season in 2019, the new colorway for his Adidas shoe throws a little more salt into the wound.
Commemorating his 50-point closeout Game 5, Lillard’s signature shoe features his line from the game on the tongue, but the true troll is in the color scheme. With an orange sole, dark blue body and orange and light blue detailing, it’s pretty obvious it’s in Thunder colors.
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Lillard’s infamous shot was right in the face of Paul George, who said after the game the clutch bomb was a “bad shot.” Lillard took exception, and has seemed to hold a grudge with George ever since as the two beefed in the bubble last season.
The shot also came in a series full of trash talk and heated exchanges with the Thunder, with guard Dennis Schroder tapping his wrist at the end of OKC’s Game 4 win. After Lillard hit the series-ender, he waved goodbye to the Thunder bench and said the shot was the last word in the trash talking between the teams.
Apparently not, because Lillard had at least one more thing he wanted to say with his feet.
The current Thunder roster probably won’t be bothered all that much, though. Only one player — Hamidou Diallo — remains on the team that was involved in the series.
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