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Andrew Bogut: 32 points, 11 rebs in Aussie win… Ersan and Michael Redd, too

Andrew Bogut

 From Yahoo News Australia:

“Andrew Bogut nearly dragged Australia over the line single-handedly, but the Boomers still needed a last-second shot from CJ Bruton to overcome plucky Angola 81-78 in the FIBA Diamond Ball tournament in Nanjing, China.

Bogut was sensational, scoring 32 points and hauling down 11 boards in a Herculean effort that kept the Boomers undefeated after two games in the pre-Olympic Games competition.”

The Aussies are in trouble if Bogut had to become Hercules to beat Angola in an Olympic warm up game, but isn’t that Aussie sports writing great?

Bogut finished a three-point play from the lane to tie the game at 78, then set the pick that freed the winning shot. The Aussies needed 12 points from Bogut in the 4th to catch Angola. Needless to say, the Aussie coach wasn’t too happy with everybody but Bogut (a feeling former Bucks coach Larry Krystkowiak knows well) though it should be pointed out that Angola is the African champion and one of 12 teams in the Olympic tournament in Beijing.

Bogut’s heavily quoted on the official international basketball site (FIBA) not saying much, but it sounds like he’s having a good time. http://www.fiba.com/pages/eng/fc/news/lateNews/p/newsid/27446/arti.html  Here’s a good one:

“All of these preparation games are really important to get a feel for the ball, for the different style of refereeing.t’s more a European style of game and that is different from the Australian and NBA game and we have to get used to that.”

In other words, the international refs will call a foul if a defender so much as breathes on Manu Ginobli. The Aussies play clutch and grab Detroit Pistons style D – quite a learning curve. The Aussies play Ginobli and Argentina in the Diamond Ball final early Friday AM.

Lebron led Team USA to a 114-82 prelim win in Macao, China, against the Turkish team, which was playing without its best players – Hedo Turkoglu of the Orlando Magic and Jazz center Mehmet Okur. (The Turks didn’t qualify for the Olympics). But this only meant more shots for Bucks 2005 draft pick Ersan Ilyasova, still Milwaukee property in the NBA. Ersan scored 10 pts, grabbed 5 rebs and played an active game. 

With Ersan gunning six early points, the Turks led this one 27-24, but Lebron, Kobe and D-Wade put on a show the rest of the way. Chris Paul, Chris Bosh and Dwight Howard contributed heavily. Lebron led the way with 20 pts.

ESPN has a handy blow-by-blow game summary. I hope they keep posting those during the Olympics.

The Bucks’ Michael Redd had 4 points on a jumper and two free throws. Believe it or not, he only took two shots, missing his only three point attempt. Isn’t Redd supposed to be the designated shooter?

Michael ReddSpeaking of Michael Redd: who is this guy in the photo to the left? Does he play for the Bucks? And is that some sort of Jedi mind trick he’s aiming at the camera or is that his Kobe Bryant imitation? Given the uncoachability hijinx last season (after Kobe and Michael hung out during summer international ball) I don’t think the Kobester is a very good influence on Redd.

Apparently this is the serious Michael Redd. Or is this ladies man Michael Redd?  He might possibly be mugging his on court tunnel vision. Whatever it is, it’s making me uncomfortable.

The photo was gripped from Dimemag.com. I now must defer further questions about the state of Michael Redd’s mind to them.

Btw, brawler Ron Artest has been traded to the Houston Rockets for back up guard Bobby Jackson, rookie forward Donte Green (who worked out for the Bucks before the draft) and a first round draft pick. Yao Ming reacted by saying he likes Artest now because he “hated playing against him.” Yao also hoped Artest wasn’t still fighting and going into the stands, but I doubt he meant it in a mean way. ESPN’s trying to play Yao’s comments into a mini-controversy. It’s not working.

Bogut, Aussies clutch and grab to prelim win over Yao, Yi and China

Yao Ming and Andrew BogutHey, those Aussie’s play rough. True to his word about how the Australia Boomers Olympic squad was going to play in the Beijing Olympics, Bucks center Andrew Bogut and team “junked” their way to a 67-55 win over Yao Ming, Yia Jianlian and China in an Olympic warm up game early this morning. Let’s go to an Aussie news report on the game from Nanjing, China at couriermail.com.au:

“In a heated match marred by the occasional scuffle and some bruising screens, the Boomers prevailed by 12 points in a preview of what they can expect in Beijing next month.

Yao shaded [transliation: slightly outplayed] Australia’s Andrew Bogut in the battle of NBA big men, but the visitors showed enough composure down the stretch to get off to the best possible start in the six-nation tournament and disappoint a vocal home crowd.

Yao finished with 14 points and seven boards, while Bogut had nine points and eight rebounds.”

Plus two blocks and an “unsportsmanlike foul” wrapping up Yao, which is what the above photo is all about.

This was just the sort of grappling “junk”-style zone play that Bogut, in town earlier this month to sign his contract, said fans should expect from the Aussie team. From JSonline.com

“Our big guys are pretty formidable,” Bogut said, referring to teammates David Andersen and Chris Anstey.  “We have to play a different style than the Europeans. We’re definitely not going to win games playing a halfcourt style, so we’re going to have to try to junk the game up. We have to try to do a lot of zone and man trapping and all that type of stuff. That’s the way we won a (world) gold medal as a junior. We have no chance playing European basketball against the Europeans.” (Watch the video from the contract-signing press conference here.)

In its game report, Dimemag.com compared the Aussies to the 1980’s Pistons. Two unsportsmanlike fouls were called on the Boomers before it was done. China committed 23 turnovers and let the Aussie’s rough play “get into their heads,” wrote Dimemag’s Andrew Katz.

In case you were wondering, former Buck Yi Jianlian was 0-3 from the floor and did not score. Yi added 4 rebs in 24 mins. “A loss like this doesn’t do much to dispel the looming ‘soft’ label pinned to both Yao’s and Yi’s chests,” wagged Katz.

Back to the Aussie press, Bogut is getting rave reviews from his teammates, who say he’s improved “out of sight” since they last played with their center in the 2006 World Championship games. This from Boomers veteran Antsey:

“I think we’re pretty tough and we’ve got a lot of international experience which is something we haven’t had a lot of in the past. Adding Bogut to the team adds a whole other level. He’s gone up a level since the world championships (in 2006). He’s just a presence and he’s worth that $60 million. He’s improved out of sight so it’s exciting to have him on the team.”

Next up for the Aussies (oops, after this warm up tournament) is a prelim Aug. 5 against Lebron, Kobe, Michael Redd and Team USA, which plays tomorrow morning against Turkey and Ersan Ilyasova – still the NBA property of the Milwaukee Bucks. After playing in 66 games for the Bucks during the forgettable 2006-07 season (sorry about that), Ilyasova jumped to the Spanish League’s AXA FC Barcelona for last season. He hasn’t missed much in Milwaukee.