Dreams do come true, even in de­feat

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - NBL -

AS a bud­ding baller grow­ing up in the Mel­bourne, An­drew Bogut never dreamt of play­ing in the NBA where he went on to play 13 sea­sons and claim a cham­pi­onship.

“Be­cause I never thought I was good enough,” Bogut said frankly. “My goal was to play in the NBL. I loved that league as a kid.”

At Qu­dos Bank Arena yes­ter­day af­ter­noon, Bogut ful­filled his life­long goal with an NBL de­but for the Syd­ney Kings.

And while the for­mer No.1 Draft pick didn’t get the re­sult he wanted, he didn’t dis­ap­point – on and off the floor. Bogut fouled out late in the fourth quar­ter but he wowed the crowd with his trade­mark pass­ing, de­fence and re­bound­ing.

He fin­ished with six points and 15 re­bounds.

“Like any­one, I think there were a few nerves there even though he doesn’t show it,” Kings coach An­drew Gaze said of Bogut’s per­for­mance.

“But I thought he re­bounded the ball re­ally well and he showed great lead­er­ship through­out the game. He, along with every­one, will look at his own per­for­mance and say there were a few break­downs and missed op­por­tu­ni­ties and re­alise that we have a lot more to give as a team.

“But he (An­drew) is all about win­ning and he couldn’t give a rat’s about any­thing other than the fi­nal re­sult. But over­all it was a pos­i­tive start.”

But one thing is for cer­tain, hoops in the har­bour city is back.

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