Bogut is working around the clock in Melbourne to rehab a knee diagnosed as having bone bruising that will take six to eight weeks to heal. That prognosis means he cannot afford a single setback, with Bogut intent on making the “miracle” recovery he says he needs.
Without Bogut the Boomers’ aspirations of winning a medal in Rio diminish rapidly, but manager Bruce Kaider says not to give up hope. “He is back in Melbourne doing his rehab and he will be there (at the camp) next week,’’ he said. “Everything is going well, he is working around the clock doing everything he can to get himself right.
Terrance Ferguson: Until my sophomore year of high school, I didn’t even know if I could play professionally. It wasn’t until I started seeing my name popping up in a few articles talking about prospects that I realized there was a slight chance I could make it in the pros, maybe even the NBA. When I saw those articles, it just made me work harder to be even better. I won gold at the Under-16, 17, and 19 FIBA Championships. My senior year, I was named a McDonald’s All-American. Playing ball at a top school was the natural next step, right? I thought so, too, until the Nike Hoops Summit. That’s when the 36ers approached me. They really liked how I played, and started talking about how they could develop me even further. That’s what really got my attention.
Ferguson: In terms of development, players from overseas are further along than players here. Just look at the last NBA Draft. In college, you have time limits on your workouts, you have class, you have so many other things taking up your time. Overseas, you’re on your own, playing in a grown man’s league. You’re working out twice a day, just focusing on basketball. I’ve played against a lot of guys from overseas, and I’ve heard about how many hours they put in. If I get that many hours, with my talent, my athleticism, my game, my mindset, I can be one of the best players in the nation. I can be a top draft pick.
Australian basketballer Matthew Dellavedova says he won’t let fears over the Zika virus stop him chasing gold with the Boomers at the Rio Olympics. The NBA championship-winning point guard came home to Melbourne on Wednesday and said the Boomers remained focused on winning their first Olympic medal despite a number of US and international colleagues dropping out of the Games. “I’m 100 per cent committed to Rio,” Dellavedova said.
For Ben Simmons’ sake, Dante Exum better be ready by the time Utah faces the Sixers in the first of two regular-season encounters. “We’ve had rivalries since we were like seven years old,” Ben Simmons said. “It’s kind of weird seeing that relationship change from playing in the backyard to now we’re going to be playing in the NBA.”