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Andrew Bogut: Career and controversies of the retired NBA star

Andrew Bogut played for the Golden State Warriors from 2012 to 2016.
Andrew Bogut played for the Golden State Warriors from 2012 to 2016. Photo: Getty
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Andrew Bogut has retired from the NBA and has been contracted to play for two years with the Sydney Kings in the NBL.

The former L.A Lakers star said he always intended to come home to Australia.

Bogut had a 13-year career in the NBA which included a championship in 2015 with the Golden State Warriors.

He also played for the Australian Boomers in the 2004 Athens Olympics, 2008 Beijing Olympics and 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

In 2013, his on-court career earnings were estimated at over $113 million.

Who is Andrew Bogut?

Andrew Bogut is an Australian professional basketball player. He was born in Melbourne on November 28, 1984.

Bogut grew up playing AFL, tennis and basketball. He was greatly inspired by Toni Kukoc, a Croatian NBA player who played for the Chicago Bulls in the 1990s.

At the age of 15, Bogut was cut from the Victoria junior state representative team. He took this setback as a chance to improve his game.

Career

Bogut first emerged on the international basketball scene in 2001. He earned a rostered spot with the Australian Institute of Sport on their US tour.

He went on to compete in the South East Australian Basketball league and joined the U19 Australian national team in 2003.

Bogut was named the most valuable player of the 2003 FIBA Junior World Championships in Greece.

In college he played for the Utah Utes and averaged 12.5 points and 9.9 rebounds in 33 games.

In 2005, he was named the national player of the year by ESPN.com and Basketball Times. He received the Naismith College Player of the Year and the John R Wooden Award.

NBA

Bogut began his NBA career with Milwaukee Bucks at the age of 21. He became the first Australian player to be drafted as number one overall.

Throughout his injury-prone career at Milwaukee, he suffered a broken hand, dislocated elbow and sprained wrist in a game against the Phoenix Suns in 2010.

In the 2011 NBA lockouts, Bogut returned to Australia and played with the Gold Coast Blaze, Adelaide 36ers and the Sydney Kings.

In 2012, he was traded to the Golden State warriors and won a championship in 2015.

In 2016, Bogut was traded to the Dallas Mavericks but then signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers a year later.

With 56 seconds into his Cavaliers debut, Bogut broke his left leg and was ruled out for the remainder of the regular season.

He was waived and signed with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2017 but was waived by them in January 2018.

Controversies

During his career Andrew Bogut’s outspoken tweets sparked a social media feud with Dallas Wings player Liz Cambage.

Bogut has made digs at Cambage’s DJ career and her decision to attend a Black Lives Matter rally. Cambage hit back saying that he was “so foul” and “rehab must be boring”.

Two years ago, his tweets again landed him in hot water when he became involved in the Pizzagate theory.

According to the Daily Telegraph, “Pizzagate is a debunked conspiracy theory promoted by an internet troll which accused US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton of being involved in child trafficking”.