Welcome to the Brew Hoop Night Shift. Every evening at 9:00pm (central time), this all-purpose thread goes up, and the comments section is where it’s going down. What Bucks news did we not cover? What topics do you want to break down further? Or is there something non-Bucks that you want to bounce off of one another? Even something non-basketball? This is the place.
Tonight’s (on) topic: Andrew Bogut to the NBL
Milwaukee’s number one overall pick form the 2005 draft, Andrew Bogut, has decided to hang up his sneakers, but only as far as the NBA is concerned. Bogut announced that he would return to his native Australia to continue his professional basketball career.
Bogut, a native of Melbourne, chose to sign with the east coast Sydney Kings instead of his hometown Melbourne United. Bogut planned on playing for the Kings during the 2011 NBA lockout, but never laced them up due to broken down insurance talks between the Kings and the Bucks.
The Kings have been in the National Basketball League since the late-80s, but had to go on a hiatus in 2008 due to the ownership group going bankrupt and unable to pay the players their salaries. The Kings relaunched in 2010 and made it to the NBL Finals in 2013, but came up short. The Kings have won three NBL titles as they went back-to-back-to-back from 2003-2005.
As for Bogut, he finishes his NBA career averaging a shade under 10 points and nine rebounds a game. Bogut averaged 20+ minutes a game for the Golden State Warriors when they won their 2015 title over the Cleveland Cavaliers and finished out his career with the Los Angeles Lakers this past season.
While in Milwaukee, Bogut battled injuries and averaged 13 points, nine rebounds, and nearly two blocks a game. He started 400 games for the Bucks in his seven seasons and was eventually traded to the Warriors. Bogut arrived to the NBA at a time when the league started to think globally and Bogut’s Australian heritage helped draw Oceanic eyeballs over to Milwaukee. Bogut also started the fan section known now as the Clutch Crew to help give the Bradley Center a more European game day vibe.
Tonight’s (off) topic: Can You Name the Milwaukee Bucks All-Stars?
This is a little bit easier than Monday night’s quiz and this time around I got 14/17 which is good for 82% and a B- grade. Can you top it?!
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