Dreams do come true, even in defeat
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.