Oi, mate, Aussie Andrew Bogut sure can throw a shrimp on the barbie. Crikey, you would think he’s the next Dante Exum–since there aren’t that many passing Aussies to choose from. Luc Longley? Nah. How about Paddy Mills? Getting warmer. Aron Baynes? Yeah, OK. Elle Macpherson? Not really.
Wait, is this some kind of April Fool’s Joke? Elle Macpherson doesn’t play roundball. Bogut is 7-feet tall, mate. But, on Tues. March 31–the day before the day when everyone plays practical jokes on each other–Bogut’s team the Golden State Warriors moseyed on over to play the Los Angeles Clippers and the former Utah Utes star put on a little show.
It was a great evening for basketball in La La Land. The stars were out at STAPLES Center–not the Lakers–making for a good matchup between two Western Conference playoff contenders. Let’s pick up the action on the court then, where 7-foot Bogut, who’s had more injuries than just about anyone short of Greg Oden–and he’s not short–was playing like he jumped into the body of not injured Steve Nash or something.
Bogut, who again doesn’t usually do this sort of thing–or stay healthy for more than a handful of games–was acting more like a point guard in his new, limited role. He filled up the box score like a boss, scoring six, grabbing nine boards and dishing out five assists, including what Aussie media referred to as a “pearler” of a pass. Er, uh, impressive, according to the first Aussie slang dictionary–and that jerk Christian Laettner in those TV commercials you’ve been watching lately.
Meanwhile, back on the court, Bogut was just being himself–if you’re old enough to remember what he used to do with the Utah Utes–doing things like throwing this insane over the shoulder no-look pass to Klay Thompson for a layup.
What, you gotta be joking, mate. Bogut? Didn’t Enes Kanter say Bogut sucked? More about that in a moment. In the meantime, the Warriors won the game, 110-106 over the Hollywood Clippers, Blake Griffin jumping over cars, dunking as a pastime, monotone Subway commercials, and the other bandwagon-jumping movie stars sitting in the expensive seats expecting dunks and who wouldn’t have attended a Clippers game five years ago if you paid them.
Speaking of guys who can’t, um, Kant Dunk, wasn’t it the not-so-great Enes Kanter who said this cat from Utah wasn’t any good? Why yes, it was. Which just proves that Bogut doesn’t suck–not even a little bit. Speaking of interesting coinkydinks, the Oklahoma City Thunder are the No. 8 team in the West–and Golden State’s No. 1. Guess who’s playing who if the first round of the NBA playoffs started today? If you said Bogut and Kanter, you are correct, mate. Are you ready for this?