BASKETBALL: Andrew Bogut has been confirmed in the Australian men’s basketball team to compete at the 2016 Olympic Games.
Bogut suffered a knee injury during the NBA Finals in June but has diligently rehabbed the injury to suit up at his third Olympic Games.
The triple Olympian, who played through a serious back injury in 2015 to lead Australia’s qualification for Rio, is pumped to again be part of an Olympic team.
“Being part of this group is special for me,” Bogut told a packed media conference at The Edge in Rio.
“I committed to this group two years ago and I didn’t want it to end this way (injured).
“I played the Oceania (qualifiers) with a busted back. I came over with the mindset that I’d give it a fair crack. I’m really pumped to be part of this campaign. It’s been a long process and I’m here and ready to play.”
The 31-year-old centre played limited minutes against China in Sao Paolo in the lead-up to the team arriving in Rio and has completed each training session since arriving in the host city.
Guard Matthew Dellavedova understands the importance of Bogut to the team and is naturally thrilled that his teammate has been passed fit to play.
“I think everyone sees that he changes the dynamic of our team,” Dellavedova said.
“He is very vocal on defence and anchors our defence and is underrated on the offensive end.
“We are excited he is feeling good.
“He looks good out there and we are excited to have him and we think he will get better as the tournament goes on.”
Australia plays France at 2.15pm Rio time on Saturday, 6 August, (3.15am AEST Sunday, 7 August) and will follow with games against Serbia, the United States, China and Venezuela.