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Sport 'Fuel left in the tank' - Andrew Bogut opens up on Olympic dreams and NBA/NBL future

07:55  03 june  2020
07:55  03 june  2020 Source:   sportingnews.com

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Andrew Bogut has opened up on his shock decision not to re-sign with the Sydney Kings amid the ongoing uncertainty of the coronavirus pandemic, revealing he’s mulling a potential return to the NBA and a Andrew Bogut reveals NBA offers, Olympic dream – and says there’s ‘ fuel in the tank ’.

© Provided by Associated Press FILE - In this Sept. 15, 2019, file photo, Andrew Bogut of Australia puts up a shot over Amath M'Baye, left , and Evan Fournier of France during their third placing match for the FIBA Basketball World Cup at the Cadillac Arena in Beijing.

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The 35-year-old told SBS Sport that returning to the court is still on the cards, either in the NBL or NBA, with no shortage of offers, saying there's still 'a little bit of fuel left in the tank.'

"There are just too many unknowns right now. Not just in the basketball community but around the world," Bogut said of his decision not to sign with a professional team.

"I wasn't going to commit to something half-assed and not know what's in the other end. I thought it was best to hit pause for now and reassess around about the new year, rather than me sitting here with one foot in, one foot out and the club not knowing where I'm at, so they can't act accordingly with recruiting, signing and the salary cap.

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After 15 years in professional basketball, Andrew Bogut is close to making a decision on when to end his The new coronavirus and subsequent postponement of the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo isn’t making it But Bogut , who has played for Sydney in the National Basketball League the past two seasons

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"I didn't want to have that pressure of every week having to call and say 'I don't know yet'.

"I think in fairness to the club, it's the best thing for the Kings to be able to make decisions they need to make without worrying about me at the other end."

Bogut, who won an NBA championship with the Golden State Warriors in 2015, briefly returned to the franchise in 2019 for their playoff push and isn't ruling out another return to the NBA.

"I had NBA offers right before the COVID-19 pandemic, where I was potentially going to go back after the NBL season. I was talking to a few teams that wanted me to come over," Bogut said.

"Yes [I] would consider another NBA stint], especially halfway through the season when the buyout and trade season comes up.

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Highlights of former NBA star Andrew Bogut 's debut season of NBL for the Sydney Kings.

Golden State Warriors center Andrew Bogut will miss the remainder of the NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers after suffering a "significant impaction injury" to his left knee The injury occurred early in the second half of Game 5 as Bogut went up to block Cavs' guard J.R. Smith's layup attempt.

"It saves me having to spend the whole season over there and I can kind of join someone late, like I did with the Warriors last time.

"[I] can try to make a playoff run and then let that phase into the Olympics.

"I still think I've got a little bit of fuel left in the tank."

The NBL's 2019 Most Valuable Player and Defensive Player of the Year had previously indicated that the 2020 Toyko Olympic Games could be his basketball swansong, however given the current sporting climate due to the global coronavirus pandemic, the Aussie Boomers stalwart says right now, it's 'hard to say.'

"Obviously, I would need to play some basketball between the new year and the Olympics for a chance to make that Boomers team.

"Right now, I don’t know where that will be and if that will be.

"The ideal situation would be to play somewhere in January, February, March and April leading into the Olympics and then play in the Olympics.

"That would be the ideal situation, but as of now, the world isn’t in an ideal situation, so it’s hard for me to pencil anything in."

The views expressed here do not represent those of the NBA or its clubs.

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