Nominated 1st overall draft and also won the Warriors as one of the main players December 1st (November 30th local time). Andrew Bogut has announced that he will retire.
“This decision wasn’t easy, but I think it’s the right one. I made this decision next season because there’s no place I could sign a contract with. From the world of professional basketball. I will retire.”
Bogut, who talked about ending his professional career, is a center from Melbourne, Australia. With a strong body of 213 cm and 117 kg, he made an early entry into the 2005 NBA Draft from the University of Utah and was nominated first overall by Milwaukee Bucks.
Although he has been suffering from knee injuries in the 14 seasons of the NBA career, he has participated in a total of 706 games (including 661 starts), averaging 28.1 minutes 9.6 points 8.7 rebounds 2.2 assists 1.5 blocks with a field goal success rate of 53.5% .. He has played for about seven seasons at the Bucks and five seasons at the Golden State Warriors, and has also been with the Dallas Mavericks, Cleveland Cavaliers and the Los Angeles Lakers.
In the 09-10 season when he was at Bucks, he was selected as the All-NBA Third Team, leaving a personal best average of 15.9 points and 10.2 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 2.5 blocks. In the following season, he won an average of 2.6 block shots.
In the Warriors who joined the middle of the career, he fought with Stephen Curry , Klay Thompson , Draymond Green and others. As a starting center, he was mainly a screener and ball relay and finisher near the ring in the offense, and as a rim protector in the defense, he became the only NBA champion in the 14-15 season and was recognized for his work. He was also selected for the All-Defensive Second Team.
Aiming for the fourth Olympics, but postponed to next year triggered retirement
For the last two seasons, he has played in the Sydney Kings of NBL, a professional league formed by Australian and New Zealand teams. Last season, he joined the Australian NBL Player of the Year and the All NBL First Team in the same Best Defensive Player Award, and last season he joined the All NBL Second Team.
However, for the 36-year-old Big Man, the scenario of participating in the Tokyo Olympics as a representative of Australia this year and retiring is not realized due to the influence of the new coronavirus, and he will not be able to participate in the Olympics for the fourth time.
“It’s the end of November now. If the Tokyo Olympics hadn’t been postponed, I might have made this decision earlier. I was aiming to compete in the 2020 Olympics. Had it been, it would have been my fourth Olympics, but it didn’t happen.”
Bogut has participated in the Olympic Games three times as a representative of Australia, known as “Boomers”. Following the 2004 Athens Olympics, the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, he was also aiming to participate in the Tokyo Olympics. It’s tough both physically and mentally to go, “he continued.
“To be honest, it’s been a real challenge for me to get up from bed in the morning for the last two years, and I also do training and games.”
Following the announcement of Bogut’s retirement, NBL, Warriors, Steve Kerr (head coach), Draymond Green (both Warriors), and then teammate Harrison Barnes (now Sacramento Kings) thanked him for their awesomeness. Congratulate your career.
As a big man from Australia, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to Bogut, who has made history in the basketball world, and say “Thank you.”