Andrew Bogut

London Countdown

Andrew Bogut: Basketball Player
Age 27
Hometown Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Birthplace Melbourne, Victoria
"You are only as good as your last game."
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Athlete Q&A

When did you first become passionate about basketball?
That’s a tough question but probably around 12 years of age. I used to stay outside playing until it was dark, regardless if it was cold, raining or humid.

Who do you look up to, sportsman or otherwise?
Probably Drazen Petrovic (late NBA player and three-time Olympic medallist in Basketball). A true pioneer of international players coming to the NBA.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
You are only as good as your last game.

You’ve represented Australia at both the 2004 Athens & 2008 Beijing Olympics Games). How does the excitement of an Olympics Games affect you?
Nothing compares to the Olympics. It’s the pinnacle of sport and is always a fun and enjoyable experience.

Are you planning to do some touring while in London for the games? If so, where and what?
I’m not big on touristy things! I don’t like massive crowds. I also need rest. I feel as a pro athlete when you are away from training/games, you should try and stay off your legs as much as possible.

You play both for the Australian national team and the NBA. How do the playing styles differ in each country?
There is a big difference between the Australian national team and the NBA. International basketball is a little bit more team orientated than the NBA.

How often do you get to visit home in Melbourne? What are your favourite places while in town?
Every year. My favourite place is probably Oakleigh Village - a great place to relax and have very good coffee. I also tend to spend a lot of time at Crown Casino, not so much in the gambling areas, but more so the world class restaurants and lounges.

Do you have any favourite basketball movies?
My favourite basketball movies are Blue Chips, Rebound, He Got Game and Love and Basketball.

About Andrew

Andrew Bogut made his Olympic debut at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games as starter in the Men’s Basketball Team. In 2005, Andrew became the first Australian to be the number one draft in the NBA, and more recently signed with Oakland, California's Golden State Warriors. In 2012, Andrew hopes that the Boomers can challenge their Olympic ranking and bring home the gold medal.

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Career Highlights

  • Naismith College Player of the Year 2005
  • NBA Number 1 Draft Pick 2005
  • All – NBA Third Team 2010
  • Led the NBA in Blocked shots in 2011
  • Two time Olympian (Athens and Beijing)

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