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Jake's Journal: Andrew Bogut

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Jake's Journal: Andrew Bogut

By Katie DeLong

MILWAUKEE – Milwaukee Bucks center Andrew Bogut is hoping to lead his native Australia to its first ever medal in basketball. TODAY’S TMJ4’s Lance Allan caught up with Bogut before he left for Beijing. Bogut’s next challenge: facing Team U.S.A. as a huge underdog, just the way he likes it. “That’s why it’s great fun for us. We’re not supposed to win. I like to see the look on team’s faces after you upset them,” Bogut said. Bogut put up 45 points in his last two games, but he’s not a one man show for the Australiam Boomers. Lance Allan: “Is this another platform for you to improve and explode on the scene?” “I told my coach just because I’m in the NBA doesn’t mean he has to play me for 40 minutes, but I would definitely like to be a leader of the team,” Bogut said. Look out: a teammate like Michael Redd or old teammates could get their pride hurt. Lance Allan: “What happens if Yi’s coming down the lane right at you?” “I’ll probably have to take him out. That happened in the World Championships of ’06. I got a flagrant four, he tried to dunk, I didn’t foul him that hard but he kind of flopped. When you’re playing for your country, you’re trying to get that win and everything else goes out the window,” Bogut said. Look out team USA. Bogut and the Australians take on the U.S. in the quarterfinals Wednesday at 7:00 a.m., Milwaukee time. You can see the game live on the USA Network.
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