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Australia’s former NBA champion Bogut retires

NBA championship-winning center Andrew Bogut announced his immediate retirement from basketball yesterday after a 15-year career.

The 36-year-old Australian, who was the National Basketball Association’s top draft pick in 2005 for the Milwaukee Bucks, said the coronavirus shutdown had given him the time to reflect on his future. “The decision hasn’t been an easy one, but I think its the right decision,” he said on his podcast ‘Rogue Bogues’. “I’ll be retiring from professional basketball effective immediately.” Bogut said he had been grappling with chronic pain from injuries, revealing he had undergone two surgeries during the offseason. Bogut said he had previously been focused on making it to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics to represent Australia but now wanted to prioritize his health. “I just can’t physically and mentally get to 2021 with the way the body has been,” he said. The announcement comes just six months after Bogut said he would not be renewing his contract with the Sydney Kings in Australia’s National Basketball League. He signed a two-year contract with the Kings in 2018 following a 13-year NBA career capped when he won the title with the Golden State Warriors in 2015. The 2.13-meter Bogut spent seven seasons with the Bucks before being traded to Golden State. He also played with the Dallas Mavericks and the Cleveland Cavaliers.


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