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Sport Andrew Bogut commits to Sydney Kings for long haul, rules out NBA return

10:22  24 april  2018
10:22  24 april  2018 Source:   abc.net.au

Gayle says 'nothing to prove' after IPL ton

  Gayle says 'nothing to prove' after IPL ton Veteran West Indies batsman Chris Gayle, who struggled to find an Indian Premier League team, smashed the first century of this season on Thursday to prove his worth to Kings XI Punjab. His spectacular unbeaten 104 -- with 11 sixes and one four sprayed around the ground off 63 balls -- helped the unfancied Punjab inflict the first defeat of the 2018 IPL on Sunrisers Hyderabad."A lot of people thought I'm too old. After this innings, I have nothing to prove," the 38-year-old Gayle said after the 15-run win late Thursday.Gayle was only selected in the third round of bidding for players by IPL teams for the 2018 season.

Sydney Kings unveil their star signing on Tuesday morning, with Andrew Bogut committing to a two-year deal and declaring himself retired from the NBA .

Sydney Kings unveiled Andrew Bogut on Tuesday as their new star signing.© AAP Image/Dean Lewins Sydney Kings unveiled Andrew Bogut on Tuesday as their new star signing. Sydney Kings unveiled their star signing on Tuesday morning, with Andrew Bogut committing to a two-year deal and declaring himself retired from the NBA.

In what was described as a "transformational signing" and a "game changer" by the club, Bogut said he was with the Kings for the long haul.

Bogut, who had a glittering 13-year career in the NBA in the US, including a championship with the Golden State Warriors in 2015, said he wanted to return to his homeland while still near the top of his game.

"In the back of the mind was always not if but when I was going to come back to the NBL," he said.

Sydney Kings sign Andrew Bogut for next NBL season

  Sydney Kings sign Andrew Bogut for next NBL season With details to be confirmed at a press conference on Monday morning, luring Bogut back to Australia is a huge endorsement for the Kings and the NBL. The Kings put out a tweet on the signing on Sunday night.The 33-year-old centre had said he was keen to play at least one more year in the NBA and then retire to Australia as he is focused on remaining in the Boomers side for next year’s FIBA World Cup in China and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Former NBA champion Andrew Bogut ruled out a return to the United States after signing a two-year deal with the Sydney Kings . Bogut declared he is committed to the Kings for the long haul , telling reporters: "I'm here to win games.

Former NBA champion Andrew Bogut ruled out a return to the United States after signing a two-year deal with the Sydney Kings . Bogut declared he is committed to the Kings for the long haul , telling reporters: "I'm here to win games.

"I feel like I've got a lot left in the tank and I've still got a lot to offer the NBL."

Bogut's NBA career, where he was known as an excellent defender and rebounder, encompassed 695 regular season and 58 playoff games.

He has also been the key figure for the Australian national team, appearing in three Olympics (2004, 2008 and 2016) and the FIBA World Cup for the Boomers.

Bogut the 'whole package' for trending NBL

  Bogut the 'whole package' for trending NBL The off-court skills of Andrew Bogut will serve the NBL just as well as his on-court prowess, according to his Boomers coach Andrej Lemanis.The first Australian No.1 NBA draft pick will suit up for the Sydney Kings this year, and his presence is likely to help continue the league's rise in popularity after some barren years.

Former NBA champion Andrew Bogut ruled out a return to the United States after signing a two-year deal with the Sydney Kings . Bogut declared he is committed to the Kings for the long haul , telling reporters: "I'm here to win games.

Former NBA champion Andrew Bogut ruled out a return to the United States after signing a two-year deal with the Sydney Kings . Bogut declared he is committed to the Kings for the long haul , telling reporters: "I'm here to win games.

Bogut said he was not just coming to the NBL to sell tickets, and there was no chance he would leave if he received an offer from the US or Europe.

"The most important thing, not to put any pressure on him [coach Andrew Gaze] or us, I'm here to win games," he said.

"I want to win games — and sell tickets.

"We want to get this franchise back to where it belongs. I'm here for the long haul.

"There's no NBA outs in my deal, no European outs. I'm committed to being here for two years. So yes, that will retire me from the NBA."

With the NBA now home to a bevvy of talented Australians, Bogut said there was a chance his move could set a precedent for further big-name singings in the NBL.

"I'm not going to say who but there's already a couple of guys who have texted me and expressed an interest in doing the same thing, coming back after their NBA career," he said.

Comment: Is Trent Barrett strong enough to coach Manly? .
The third-year coach is finding out just how difficult it is to coach one of the most political clubs in the game. He needs help from above but he's not getting it.Last year, Phil Gould described Trent Barrett as “the next supercoach”. Around the same time, Bob Fulton predicted Barrett would become one of Manly’s “great coaches”.

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