Bogut glad time for talk is over

Geelong Advertiser - - SPORT -

HE is over all the pre-sea­son hype, now prize NBL re­cruit An­drew Bogut just wants to play.

De­spite a mi­nor in­jury scare when he had a knee iced af­ter tak­ing a knock at train­ing on Thurs­day, Bogut has been cleared to suit up for Syd­ney in its sea­son opener at home to Ade­laide to­day.

Bogut’s much-her­alded re­turn to Aus­tralia is set to at­tract even more eye­balls to the resur­gent com­pe­ti­tion, which last sea­son at­tracted record live at­ten­dances and tele­vi­sion view­ing num­bers.

“We al­ways spoke at the out­set when we first ac­quired the league about how good it would be for a player like An­drew Bogut to one day con­sider it an ap­pro­pri­ate end­ing to their ca­reer to come back to the NBL,” league CEO Jeremy Loeliger said. “We didn’t nec­es­sar­ily think that it would be An­drew Bogut and I think it was a re­ally proud mo­ment for us when he de­cided to come home.”

Put up at sev­eral pre-sea­son me­dia con­fer­ences Bogut has du­ti­fully pro­moted the game but this week was clearly more fo­cused on play­ing.

“It’s been a long pre-sea­son, so there’s been a lot of hype for a lot of months,” Bogut said.

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