Bucks Don’t Want Andrew Bogut Playing in Worlds

by March 18, 2010
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Andrew’s employer tells the Journal Sentinel that they’re not too keen on him suiting up for Team Australia this summer: “Bucks general manager John Hammond said Wednesday he has ‘major concerns’ about center Andrew Bogut’s participation in the World Championships this summer in Turkey. Bogut is under pressure in his native Australia to play for his country in the international tournament, but the Bucks are worried about the 7-footer’s long-term health and protecting their five-year, $60 million investment. Bogut and the Bucks agreed to the five-year contract extension in the summer of 2008, and the current season was the first year of the deal. ‘We are going to support Andrew as he goes through this process,’ Hammond said before the Bucks played the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday night. ‘But we do have concerns. We’ve made a long-term commitment to Andrew and obviously he’s made a commitment back to us. We appreciate what he’s done for us at this point in his career and think he’s only going to get better and better. We want to continue to monitor his back and make sure he stays healthy.”‘