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Q&A With Andrew Bogut
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On October 26, 2013 @ 3:15 pm In NBA,Wirenews | Comments Disabled
by Sam Amick, USA TODAY Sports
Andrew Bogut was a happy man on Friday night.
The continued health is reason enough on its own to put a huge smile on the 28-year-old Australian’s face, what with the light being so bright at the end of that tunnel which was once so dark. And now that his career track has been cleared for the next three years in the form of a $36 million extension with the Golden State Warriors, the odds of Bogut frowning anytime soon are about as slim as his team’s chances of slipping back into the land of the irrelevant this season.
Yet Bogut knows this is hardly the gravy train. In this parity-filled Western Conference where the Warriors will be hard pressed to earn home court advantage in the playoffs, the work for him and them has just begun. He chatted about that and more and with USA TODAY Sports via phone, taking a moment at first to discuss his personal campaign to have a game come to his homeland before dissecting the deal that now has him under contract through the 2016-17 season.
Q. So before we get into the extension, I hear you’re on a mission to bring the NBA to Australia.
A. “Yeah, I mean it’s the only place left that hasn’t had any NBA interaction, and that’s sad in my opinion. I know it’s not a country with a billion people or preferred sponsorships or whatever it is, but I think the time is coming that we deserve an NBA game there for the fans. What a lot of people don’t know is that on the NBA international League Pass, I think Australia is No. 1 in the world I believe, outside of the states. And I believe they’re No. 1, I think, in international merchandise sales. So the NBA is making a lot from Australia, and it’d be a pretty good thing for them to have a game out there in the coming years.
“I think it’s something that should be looked at. The NBA is really trying to globalize the game, and really selling that. I’ve been to … [For more on Andrew Bogut has security in Warriors contract extension, click here.]
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