Former NBA center and current Australian NBL player Andrew Bogut is staying close to home due to the coronavirus pandemic, but Bogut’s pause from sports may extend beyond the forced break.
The 35-year-old, 14-year NBA veteran was planning to retire after playing for his native Australia at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, but now that the games have been pushed back a year, Bogut told an Australian news program in a report Sunday that the delay could mean the end of his career. “I’m not doing much, I can tell you that,” Bogut said. “To be able to kiss your kids goodnight and put them down every night … I’ve appreciated doing that,” he continued.
Bogut spent this past season in Australia after playing 11 games in the NBA with Golden State in 2018-19. He spent seven seasons with the Bucks, followed by stints with the Warriors (twice), Dallas, Cleveland and the Los Angeles Lakers. He won his only NBA championship in 2015 with Golden State.
Bogut helped Australia finish fourth in the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup. He averaged 9.6 points, 8.7 rebounds and 1.5 blocks in his NBA career, playing in 706 games and starting 661.
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