Andrew Bogut has not played professional basketball since his brief stint with the Lakers last season. The former first overall pick made his debut for the Sydney Kings in a preseason contest ahead of Australia’s National Basketball League season, per USA TODAY.
Playing against the Japanese national team, Bogut posted four points, six rebounds and six assists in a 77-57 victory. After the game, Bogut discussed his adjustment to playing significant minutes after not playing for almost eight months.
“I was always just trying to ease into it,” Bogut said. “I haven’t played a game since January. When I played with the Lakers, I wasn’t getting a lot of minutes. It was my first organized hitout in seven months so I just wanted to go as hard as I could in the first half. There’s going to be games in the NBL season when I’m not going to be the leading scorer, I’m not going to be the leading rebound getter. But I know ‘I’m going to still have an impact on the game just because I’m out there.”
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