Defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers released 33-year old Australian international center Andrew Bogut (213-118kg-84, college: Utah). Bogut also played for the Mavericks where in 26 NBA games he had 3.0ppg, 8.3rpg and 1.9apg this season. In 2005 he was drafted by Milwaukee Bucks as #1 pick overall. The former University of Utah standoutis in his twelfth (!!!) season in pro basketball. The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Olympic Games 2nd Team in 2016. Bogut has been also a member of Australian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Australian senior team since 2004 and previously for U21 National Team between 2004 and 2005. Bogut also represented Australia at the World Championships U18 in Greece fourteen years ago. He has played previously professionally in other NBA team (Golden State Warriors) and Australia (Australian Institute Sport). On Bogut:
A hard worker with a strong commitment to improving his skills. An excellent passer, Andrew will focus on developing his body.
World Championships U18 '03 comments (by Yarone Arbel):
The MVP of the championship. His parents are from Croatia, which is some sort of explanation to how such talent grew up down under. If for some reason something will go wrong on his route to the NBA, the Croatian passport will surely help him find a good spot in one of the top European teams. Next season he will go to Utah University, in the championship itself he was simply unstoppable, posting double-double already after one half in both Semi Finals and Finals game.
He knows how to use his size in the PF. Very tall and athletic, and although there's no doubt he's the best player in the team, on court he fights like a bull, work with his teammates and make them look much much better. There's no doubt that Bogut was the difference between a nice Australian NT and a gold winning team that routed everyone on the way to the top. All teams focused and tried to stop Bogut. All failed and paid even more because of Bogut's unselfishness.
He got a great mobility in the low post, box him out and he can go out to the high post and the Swish will arrive in less than a second. His shot selection is very good, can hit the three pointer when there's a chance, but he doesn't force it. If you try to stop his outside shot, he can penetrate, on both sides, and mostly finish with 2 points. His rebounding skill is bigger than life, on both ends of the floor, and it's not only a matter of good position. His leap and struggle helps him a lot.
Let's try to impress with titles: 3rd best scorer, best rebounder with 3.7 more rebounds than the runner up, drawn more fouls and made free throws more than anyone else, 10th in blocks, 2nd in 2FG% and first, again by a big margin, in the TENDEX ranking. 22 pts, 18 rbs and 5 assists vs. the USA in the Semi Finals qualifying match, 39 pts & 25 (!!!) rbs in the Semi Finals vs. Croatia and 35 pts & 14 rbs in the finals. What do you say about that?.
Leonard scores 25 as Spurs dismantle ailing Cavs, 103-74 - 9 hours ago
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The Cavaliers acknowledged having heavy legs, but there is something far weightier on the minds of the defending NBA champions. Cleveland is in the midst of one of its worst stretches of the season and there is little time to fix it. Kawhi Leonard (6'7''-F-91, college: San Diego St.) scored 25 points and the San Antonio Spurs dismantled the ailing Cavs 103-74 on Monday night in a showdown that turned into a major letdown for Cleveland. "The way we've been struggling, (the Spurs are) the l... [read more]
The Cavaliers acknowledged having heavy legs, but there is something far weightier on the minds of the defending NBA champions. Cleveland is in the midst of one of its worst stretches of the season and there is little time to fix it. Kawhi Leonard (6'7''-F-91, college: San Diego St.) scored 25 points and the San Antonio Spurs dismantled the ailing Cavs 103-74 on Monday night in a showdown that turned into a major letdown for Cleveland. "The way we've been struggling, (the Spurs are) the last team that you want to play," said LeBron James (6'8''-SF-84), who was fine after taking elbow to the neck. "A well-oiled machine like this. They exploit everything that you're not doing well at that point in time of the season and right now we're not playing good basketball." James, who finished with 17 points, eight rebounds and eight assists in 29 minutes, said he will play Thursday at Chicago. Cleveland (47-26) dropped its second in a row, set a season low for points and fell a half-game behind Boston (48-26) for the top seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. The Cavaliers have nine games remaining, all against teams in the East, including a showdown at Boston on April 5. James said the standings "always matter," but playing more consistently is far more important and he refused to blame injuries or an arduous schedule for the team's troubles. "It matters more that we're playing better basketball than where we're at," he said. "If that results in us having the No. 1 seed, the No. 2 seed, 3 or whatever the hell it is, we need to play better basketball. That's what it comes down to." What Cleveland is seeking, the Spurs have already found. San Antonio (57-16) is two games behind Golden State (59-14) for the league's best record entering a home showdown with the Warriors on Wednesday. The Spurs have won five straight and eight of 10 after sweeping their season series against the Cavaliers. "It was a big game, but in the end, it's just one game, and one win," San Antonio guard Tony Parker (6'2''-PG-82) said. "We're trying to be consistent. We're trying to play the same way every game. It was definitely surprising. Coming off a loss, I thought they would play with a lot more energy, but it can happen. It's a long season. It's just one game and I'm sure they're going to bounce back and use this game as motivation." LaMarcus Aldridge (6'11''-F/C-85, college: Texas) and Pau Gasol (7'0''-F/C-80) added 14 points apiece for the Spurs, who won their fifth straight. San Antonio led by as many as 33 to the delight of the sold-out crowd. "We did a good job coming out early and then keeping our foot on the pedal," Leonard said. The Spurs' bench outscored the Cavaliers' 49-24. Cleveland, which was already without Iman Shumpert, received more bad news Monday morning when it was announced that Kyle Korver will miss at least two more games with a sore left foot. "You lose Korver and Shumpert off your bench and things tend to change," Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said. "With those two guys out, we tried some different things and it didn't work. It was not on the bench. It was on me." Cleveland opted to play its stars rather than sit them for rest, but the trio of James, Kyrie Irving (6'3''-G-92, college: Duke) and Kevin Love sat out the fourth quarter of its second rout in the past two weeks. Lue said he has considered resting his stars over the team's final nine games, which James is not in favor of. "Coach is going to have his logic of things, but we need to play," James said. James exited with 25 seconds remaining in the third after taking an elbow to his neck from David Lee on a rebound. James continually rubbed the area before collapsing after he crossed midcourt. He remained on the floor for about a minute before walking unassisted to the bench. James left for the locker room early in the fourth quarter during a timeout, but said afterward he is fine. Courtesy of: msn.com
Jazz beat Pelicans 108-100 behind Gobert, hot shooting - 9 hours ago
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Rudy Gobert (7'1''-C-92) had 20 points, 19 rebounds and five blocks to lead the Utah Jazz over the New Orleans Pelicans 108-100 on Monday night. Rodney Hood (6'8''-F-92, college: Duke) scored 20 points, Joe Ingles (6'8''-SF-87) added 19 and George Hill chipped in with 17 as that Jazz trio combined to make a dozen 3-pointers. Utah (45-29) swept the season series 3-0 after dominating from the perimeter for four quarters. Anthony Davis (6'10''-C-93, college: Kentucky) had 36 points and 17 re... [read more]
Rudy Gobert (7'1''-C-92) had 20 points, 19 rebounds and five blocks to lead the Utah Jazz over the New Orleans Pelicans 108-100 on Monday night. Rodney Hood (6'8''-F-92, college: Duke) scored 20 points, Joe Ingles (6'8''-SF-87) added 19 and George Hill chipped in with 17 as that Jazz trio combined to make a dozen 3-pointers. Utah (45-29) swept the season series 3-0 after dominating from the perimeter for four quarters. Anthony Davis (6'10''-C-93, college: Kentucky) had 36 points and 17 rebounds for New Orleans. Jrue Holiday (6'4''-PG-90, college: UCLA) scored 19, but the Pelicans (31-43) lost for only the third time in nine games. New Orleans got no closer than six in the fourth quarter. The Pelicans cut the deficit to 102-96 on a 3-pointer by Davis, but Utah answered with a jumper from Joe Johnson and a 3 from Hood to seal the win in the final minute. Courtesy of: foxsports.com
Westbrook, Thunder top Mavs 92-91 with 14-0 finishing run - 10 hours ago
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Russell Westbrook (6'3''-PG-88, college: UCLA) rescued Oklahoma City with a stunning rally and guaranteed the first losing record for Dallas in 17 full seasons under owner Mark Cuban. Westbrook hit a pull-up jumper with seven seconds left and the Thunder erased a 13-point deficit in the final four minutes for a 92-91 victory over the Mavericks on Monday night. The six-time All-Star and current NBA scoring leader, whom Cuban steadfastly claims isn't a superstar, had his third straight trip... [read more]
Russell Westbrook (6'3''-PG-88, college: UCLA) rescued Oklahoma City with a stunning rally and guaranteed the first losing record for Dallas in 17 full seasons under owner Mark Cuban. Westbrook hit a pull-up jumper with seven seconds left and the Thunder erased a 13-point deficit in the final four minutes for a 92-91 victory over the Mavericks on Monday night. The six-time All-Star and current NBA scoring leader, whom Cuban steadfastly claims isn't a superstar, had his third straight triple-double with 37 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists. Westbrook scored 12 in a 14-0 run by Oklahoma City to finish it, but said he wasn't trying to convince Cuban, who was in the first row of seats just a few feet from the winning shot. ''Nah, man,'' said Westbrook, who has 37 triple-doubles and needs four in the final nine games to tie Oscar Robertson's NBA record set during the 1961-62 season. ''I play every night the same way. Whatever he says doesn't even matter to me. He's going to do his job, and I'm going to do mine.'' The Thunder gained possession on a replay reversal with 13 seconds to go and Westbrook hit the decisive shot from just beyond the free throw line over Wesley Matthews (6'5''-G-86, college: Marquette). Dallas was out of timeouts, and Harrison Barnes (6'8''-F-92, college: N.Carolina) missed a long 3-pointer before the buzzer. The Mavericks (31-42) last had a losing season in 1999-2000, Dirk Nowitzki (7'0''-F-78)'s second year. Cuban bought the team in January that season, when Dallas finished 40-42. ''It just happened so fast,'' said Nerlens Noel, who scored 15 points along with Matthews to lead Dallas. ''They were just playing more aggressive than we were late in the game.'' The Thunder (42-31) won for the seventh time in nine games since a four-game losing streak that matched a season high. They are a game behind the fifth-place Clippers in the Western Conference and 2 1/2 in front of Memphis for the No. 6 seed. Mavericks rookie Yogi Ferrell scored 11 of his 13 points in the fourth quarter, capped by a 3-pointer for a 91-78 lead with 3:31 remaining. Dallas didn't score again. Westbrook started the stunning run with a breakaway dunk, followed by a 3. After Steven Adams (7'0''-C/F-93, college: Pittsburgh) tipped in Westbrook's missed 3, the star guard hit a floater on a three-point play to get the Thunder to 91-88. The Mavericks had possession with the shot clock off after Westbrook missed a jumper, but Dallas got stuck in the backcourt and called its final timeout. With just three seconds to get the ball past midcourt, an inbounds pass for J.J. Barea was tipped by Westbrook, who immediately signaled Oklahoma City ball even though the initial call went Dallas' way. There were plenty of celebrating Westbrook fans when he pulled up on a backpedaling Matthews. ''That's about as good a shot as you're going to get,'' Oklahoma City coach Billy Donovan said. ''You're trying to take away something at the rim.'' Courtesy of: yahoo.com
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