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Ex-Warriors center Andrew Bogut's retirement decision coming in May

Ex-Warriors center Andrew Bogut's retirement decision coming in May

It's possible that Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals between the Warriors and Toronto Raptors was the last time we get to see Andrew Bogut on a professional basketball court.

The former Warriors center didn't sign with an NBA team this season, the National Basketball League in Australia was suspended, and he won't get a chance to play in the Summer Olympics after the 2020 games in Japan were postponed to 2021 due to the global coronavirus pandemic.

And now, with the indefinite delay of sports around the world, Bogut is enjoying being pain-free every day.

"As far as my career goes, yeah, it's all been thrown into a washing machine, essentially, because the Olympics were supposed to be in August and I was potentially going to make a decision after that, which was leaning towards probably giving it up," Bogut said on Australian Broadcasting Corp's "Offsiders" show Sunday morning. "That's all changed now, so I'm not 100 percent sure what I'm doing. I'm still thinking through it. But obviously I have a decision to make, probably by mid-May, I need to come to decision on what I'm going to do.

"But I haven't done any basketball since the season ended. Trying to stay off the body. I can tell you it feels good waking up and getting out of bed and feel like I'm not walking on glass, so that's definitely a positive. The body is definitely thanking the break."

While Bogut hasn't played in the NBA since last season's Finals, he had been playing for the Sydney Kings in the NBL.

Before the 2019-20 NBL season was suspended due to the coronavirus, Bogut was averaging 8.2 points and 8.8 rebounds in 21.5 minutes over 25 games.

If this is the end of the road for Bogut, he will be remembered as a crucial piece to the Warriors' first title in 40 years. Acquired in a controversial trade that sent Monta Ellis packing, Bogut was the center Golden State needed.

In those first four seasons with the Warriors, Bogut averaged 6.3 points, 8.3 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 236 games.

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Bogut won a ring in 2014-15, and almost got another one last season when he re-signed with the Warriors toward the end of the season. He would play in 11 regular-season games and 19 playoff games.

Unfortunately for Bogut and the Warriors, they fell short against the Raptors, and it sounds like that could be his last NBA moment.

What Ex-Warrior Andre Iguodala thinks of NBA's bubble environment

What Ex-Warrior Andre Iguodala thinks of NBA's bubble environment

Andre Iguodala has played over 1,100 NBA games, but his next eight (at least) will be very different. Iguodala and the Miami Heat are in Orlando preparing for the restart of the 2019-20 NBA season.

So, how is the former Warriors forward approaching the "bubble" at Disney World?

"It's not really a different type of environment," the 2015 NBA Finals MVP said Saturday after practice. "The majority of the league comes from low to middle-class income families. We played in worse conditions. Obviously the NBA and every team should be giving all the players all the resources they need.

"It's just getting the mental side right, making the most of the moment and putting forth the mental and physical effort to keep our game in a healthy place ... we're doing it as a collective. We're competing on the court, but hopefully the players are getting a chance to interact and keep each other in a good mental space."

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Iguodala -- one of the smartest players in the entire league -- understands the big picture and what's at stake for the NBA. He knows it won't be easy for everybody and that the logistics present challenges, but is willing to sacrifice for the greater good. So don't expect to hear any complaints from Iguodala when it comes to the food or accommodations in Orlando.

At 36 years old, it probably will take Iguodala a little longer to get himself to where he needs to be physically. But he made sure he put in the work while the season was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.

"The body is solid," Iguodala said. "Just looking over the little nicks that may come up from being off so long ... everyone was getting after it throughout this time."

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Iguodala averaged just 4.4 points in 18.5 minutes over his first 14 games with the Heat.

But you definitely should expect his production and value to increase when the playoffs begin in mid-August.

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Why Kendrick Perkins gives Draymond Green 'D' grade for 2019-20 season

Why Kendrick Perkins gives Draymond Green 'D' grade for 2019-20 season

Kendrick Perkins gets paid to express his opinion.

And on Tuesday's episode of "The Jump" on ESPN, he voiced his thoughts on Draymond Green's 2019-20 campaign.

"Draymond disappointed me this season," the former NBA big man said. "I thought with the injury to Klay (Thompson) and the injury to Steph (Curry) he was gonna elevate his game offensively and shock the world. With him getting $100 million in the contract extension, I thought Draymond was gonna come out and prove a point.

"Also with them losing Kevin Durant, I thought we would see 'Defensive Player of the Year Draymond' ... (but) he took a few steps backwards. My expectations for Draymond Green were a little bit higher, and he didn't achieve it."

The truth is that it was a very, very frustrating year for Draymond.

The three-time NBA champion missed 22 games with various ailments, yet picked up a league-high 14 technical fouls. He shot below 39 percent from the field and less than 28 percent from 3-point range.

But as noted before, yours truly forever will give Draymond a pass for what transpired. There wasn't much incentive at all for the three-time All-Star after Steph broke his hand Oct. 30 against the Phoenix Suns, as the Warriors had no chance of reaching the postseason.

The truth is that Draymond needed a break -- physically and mentally -- after averaging 37.7 minutes over 104 Golden State playoff games from 2015 to 2019.

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It's unclear why Perkins would expect the 2017 Defensive Player of the Year to produce big considering he didn't have Steph, Klay, KD, Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston on the court with him.

"To everybody out there who want to talk s--t about this year -- I don't really give a f--k," Draymond said in April on the "All the Smoke" podcast. "In my opinion, I got better. I got better as a player, I got better as a person and a leader ... and that's gonna make me even better for next year.

"So, I appreciate everybody talking. I kind of needed them to relight that fire under my a--."

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Draymond definitely pays attention to what is being said about him, his teammates and the Warriors. He uses the noise as motivation when necessary.

Needless to say, the three-time All-Star wants to send a message to the doubters.

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