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David Andersen
David Andersen
Position: None
Born: 06/23/80
Height: 6-11 / 2.11
Weight:244 lbs. / 111.1 kg.
“We got the bronze, but they deserve it, too, because they had a great tournament,” said Spain’s Victor Claver. And Australia certainly did, in fact it was their best Olympic finish in 14 appearances, and it was a shame that they missed out by a fraction. “Just heartbroken, it’s tough,” Australia’s David Andersen said, not mincing his words.
He left the NBA in 2011 after the lockout over pay claims and his European career has been so lucrative he has at times rebuffed chances to return to the big time. “I have played both NBA and Europe and when I chose to come back to Europe it was after the lockout and things had changed, and luckily I am still (keeping) my legs,’’ he said.
The other thing Barlow made abundantly clear was that Andersen made a conscious choice to play in Europe rather than pursue an NBA career earlier, despite being drafted by Atlanta back in 2002. “To put that comment about him being the best player in Europe into perspective. That was at a time when guys were choosing to be in Europe rather than the NBA because they were getting paid way more. It was around the time [Josh] Childress gave up huge money in the States to sign in Greece.”
Australia have drawn first blood in a physical opener to the FIBA Oceania Championship, weathering a Corey Webster storm to prevail 71-59 in front of a 16,000 strong crowd at Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena on Saturday. A Matthew Dellavedova (15 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists) burst in the second term put the Boomers in front for good, while the late play of Patty Mills (17 points, 4 assists) and David Andersen (17 points) helped the hosts secure an important 12-point edge.