Andrew Bogut has spent 15 years in professional basketball, but now he’s thinking about making his exit. And the coronavirus pandemic is at least partly to blame.
Bogut said, via ESPN. “To be able to kiss your kids goodnight and put them down every night … I’ve appreciated doing that.”” data-reactid=”27″>“I’m not doing much, I can tell you that,” Bogut said, via ESPN. “To be able to kiss your kids goodnight and put them down every night … I’ve appreciated doing that.”
Bogut said. “It’s [my career] all been thrown into a washing machine, essentially … but there’s a decision to be made probably by mid-May.”” data-reactid=”30″>“I haven’t done any basketball since the season ended, and it feels good waking up, getting out of bed and not feeling like I’m walking on glass,” Bogut said. “It’s [my career] all been thrown into a washing machine, essentially … but there’s a decision to be made probably by mid-May.”
That decision is retirement. Like many players well into their 30s, Bogut is battling with his body’s ability to play at an elite level, and how much work it takes to get himself even near that point. He wants to play for the Boomers in the Olympics, but isn’t sure he has the drive to continue preparing.
“We’ve been tantalizingly close, and the squad we’re going to have is arguably going to be the best squad in the history of the Boomers, on paper at least,” Bogut said. “To be part of that, selfishly, is something I really want to do, but the body is what it comes down to.
“I can get up for a basketball game any day of the week, but it’s hard to get up for five, six days of training a week and lifting weights.”
When the Olympics were three months away, getting up for six days of training a week was probably doable because the goal was in sight. But the postponement of the Olympics to 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic adds an entire year to that timeline, and puts the goal so far away that it’s not even a dot on the horizon. That’s a lot of exhausting training for a guy with two kids under four years old at home.