Three-time NBA championship winner Luc Lonlgley hailed Andrew Bogut as the best centre Australia has produced as tributes flooded in from around the world for the retiring star.
Steve Kerr, coach of the Golden State Warriors where Bogut was part of the 2015 NBA championship winning team, was among those who praised the big man after he announced his retirement on Tuesday.
“Congrats and thank you to Andrew Bogut on an amazing career,” Kerr tweeted.
“We couldn‘t have asked for a better fit at the centre spot- a dominant defender who owned the paint, a brilliant passer/screener who blended perfectly with Steph (Curry) and Klay (Thompson), and a player with incredible feel – well done Boges.”
Bogut’s championship winning teammate at the Warriors, Draymond Green, gave the Australian centre credit for helping him become a defensive force in the NBA.
“Congrats on an amazing career big fella,” Green said on Twitter.
“Appreciate all you taught on the defensive end! Enjoy retirement mate.”
Fellow Boomer and close friend Joe Ingles was also quick to honour Bogut’s amazing career at all levels.
“Playing alongside Bogues was an absolute honour, he always put winning and his team first,” he said.
“Despite some injury setbacks he had an incredible career. Sad to see him leave the game but excited to see what’s next. Bogues leaves Australian basketball in a better place.”
Congrats on an amazing career big fella! Appreciate all you taught on the defensive end! @andrewbogut enjoy retirement Mate!
Longley, who won three NBA championships playing for centre for the Chicago Bulls, said Bogut was “Australia’s best centre”.
“And until Ben Simmons dethrones him the best basketballer we have produced as a nation,” Longley said.
“The uncompromising way he went about the game was an example to all young hoopers.”
Boomers teammate Matthew Dellavedova said Bogut was the “best teammate I played with”.
“People will never know what he went through to get himself ready to pull on the Green and Gold, even as teammates I don‘t think we fully know the sacrifices he made,” Dellavedova said.
“I’m going to miss being his teammate“.
Australia’s best female player ever, Lauren Jackson said she felt a sense of deja vu when Bogut announced his body could no longer handle the professional grind given she was in the same position back in 2016.
Multiple injuries forced legendary Australian to rely on painkillers to play, which led to her bringing the curtain down on a stellar career in the WNBL, WNBA and on the international stage for the Opals.
“These retirement announcements actually make me a little bit emotional because I know mine was so hard,” Jackson said.
“I’m a little bit sad. I would have loved to have seen him get his fourth Olympics, but I know better than anyone when it comes to your body.
“When your body is done, it is done. It is one of those things that you can’t change unfortunately.”
Congrats on a unreal career @andrewbogut! Been a pleasure to play alongside & learn from you.. You are leaving Australian basketball in a better spot.. Enjoy the next chapter mate 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻
Jackson believes Bogut has cemented his legacy as one of Australia’s best men’s basketballers.
“I just wish him well – it is an end of an era,” she said.
“Bogues definitely changed the sport for men in this country, bing the No.1 draft pick and what he was able to do over in the NBA.
“For me, I just hope that he is really comfortable in his decision and I’m sure he is going to play a massive role, particularly in the men’s game going forward.
“No doubt he is going to be a presence in the sport for a very long time.”
From all of the Kings players, staff, members, corporates and basketball fans across the world, thank you @andrewbogut for your contributions to the game we love.
You will be sorely missed.
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