The National Basketball League (NBL) has welcomed the signing of Andrew Bogut by the Sydney Kings.
NBL Chief Executive Jeremy Loeliger said: “This is a big day for the NBL and Australian basketball.
“Andrew is a superstar of Australian basketball and global sport. He was an NBA number one draft pick in 2005 and played 752 games in the NBA – the most by any Australian – and won a championship with the Golden State Warriors in 2015.
“His decision to complete his career in Australia is a huge endorsement of the NBL. The NBL is now rated among the best leagues in the world outside of the NBA and continues to get better.
“I’m very proud that Andrew believes in the NBL and what we are doing and that he wants to be part of it. This signing will help boost the profile of the NBL not just here in Australia but around the world and particularly in the US.
“We hope it will also encourage other Australian players to come back to the NBL when they finish their careers in the NBA and play a part in growing the NBL.
“Basketball is booming in Australia. The NBL is enjoying record crowds and broadcast audiences, there is unprecedented interest in the game and next year the USA Men’s Basketball Team will come to Australia to play two games in front of over 100,000 fans at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne.
“These are exciting times for the sport and we look forward to Andrew taking to the court for the Kings next season and continuing to build the NBL in one of our biggest and most important markets.
“I’ve got no doubt the people of Sydney will embrace him and we applaud him for making the decision to give back to the game here in Australia.”