Pongrass stressed there was no pressure on Bogut to decide his future and the franchise understands his decision to weigh up his options during a period of significant global uncertainty. “Andrew told us he wanted to wait and see what was happening with the NBL, the NBA and the Olympics and we were fully respectful of that,” he said. “We told him to go and do his thing, take your time and look after your body.”
Harrison Barnes is often understated when it comes to speaking about himself. So the last thing he ever expected was to be viewed as a leader in the fight for change in America. He was fine doing his part without the praise. In a year that has been unpredictable in many ways, one of them has been Barnes firmly immersed in fighting for justice in ways he would not have envisioned, especially after being named to the Board of Directors for the NBA Foundation, a group that seeks to find ways all 30 NBA teams can make meaningful change.
“No chance,” Barnes said when asked if he envisioned all the things with which he is now involved. “Everything that has happened throughout this time has definitely showed me that there will be different opportunities than you could have ever imagined and things in society change so quickly. “And I’ve just been fortunate and blessed not just to be with not only great teammates but also a great organization and a great league that’s really trying to jump into the struggle and affect change.”