Before we launch into our Australian connection for this article pertaining to U. S. sports, a quick question: If the NFL is successful in getting the injunction reversed and the Dallas Cowboys’ Ezekiel Elliot does indeed have to serve a six-game suspension, does his lack of results and effort in the Cowboys’ lopsided 42 – 17 loss to the Denver Broncos count as one of the six games?
Returning to news pertinent to Aussies, improbably and against our prediction, Andrew Bogut is intent on returning to the NBA after playing less than a minute after being traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers late last season and breaking his leg in his first game as a Cav.
We predicted that Bogut was done in the NBA, due to his advanced age of 32 and we predicted that he might return Down Under to join an ABL team. We were wrong.
When he receives medical clearance to return, he has four teams interested in his services. The names of those four teams have not been revealed, but the Boston Celtics were keen on him at last year’s trade deadline, only to have him snatched out from under them by the Cavaliers.
Bogut has been rehabbing his leg in Melbourne and he is expecting good news from soon-to-be completed bone scans.
He will not be back for Cleveland, however, as he was released by the defending champions. The team released him, perhaps because they need players to be around longer than one minute.
Bogut has been in the NBA since 2005, when he was the no. 1 overall draft pick out of the University of Utah. He played until 2012 with the Milwaukee Bucks, and then from 2012 – 2016 with the Golden State Warriors, where he earned a championship ring.
He led the league in blocked shots in 2011 and is sought after for his defensive prowess, although he does have a deft shooting touch. His scoring, rebounding and blocks per game average make him valuable, to the tune of a minimum of $US2.32 million per year, in accordance with the NBA collective bargaining agreement.