Aussie basketball legend Andrew Bogut makes an unexpected announcement of his career two years after quitting the NBA to play Down Under
Australian basketball champion Andrew Bogut has shocked fans by citing a timeout for his future.
The 35-year-old took to Twitter on Monday to announce that he had chosen it against signing a new deal with current NBL club Sydney Kings, citing uncertainty in sport during the coronavirus crisis.
However, Bogut stressed that he has not retired and says he will not be rushed into his future.
“I decided not to sign with the Sydney Kings, or with any other professional sports team for the time being,” Bogut said in a statement.
Basketball superstar Andrew Bogut (pictured in NBL action in 2018) has announced he will not sign with the Sydney Kings
“With everything in the world going on, the future doesn’t look too clear, especially with regard to sports competitions worldwide.
“This is not a retirement note, but it is too difficult to make concrete decisions at the moment.
“The reason I have now decided to do this is to inform the Sydney Kings enough to act accordingly with Free Agency around the corner.
Melbourne-born Bogut was the NBA’s No. 1 in 2005 and spent more than a decade in the league, winning a championship with Golden State in 2015.
He returned to Australia in 2018 and spent the past two NBL seasons with Sydney.
Bogut led the Kings to a minor premiership in 2019-20 before the team withdrew due to fears of the corona virus midway through the grand final, which was awarded to Perth in March.
Bogut “I enjoyed being at home with the family and learning more about my children than I could have ever done before,” said Bogut.
“My body is enjoying the break after playing basketball for 19 months and I hope to be back on the basketball court in the near future!
“Is the plan moving forward? Spending time with my wife and kids, slowly getting physical again and eventually making the most of the time we don’t traditionally get at home. ‘