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Andrew Bogut claims Australia’s World Cup campaign is ‘tougher than an NBA schedule’

Andrew Bogut

Andrew Bogut is a 14-year veteran of the NBA, so he knows all about the rigors of playing 82 regular season games on an annual basis.

However, Bogut told Fox Sports writer Olgun Uluc that his schedule with the Australian national team during the 2019 FIBA World Cup has been an even bigger grind than an NBA schedule:

“It’s tough,” Andrew Bogut said on Wednesday. “It’s tougher than an NBA schedule.

“FIBA is way more physical than the NBA, first and foremost. It’s pretty hard recovering, just 48 hours rest. Then, couple that with: everything in China takes twice as long as they say it’s supposed to; traffic, a lot of people everywhere, nothing every runs on time.

“Our last hotel was a shambles, so we had to figure out where to eat half the time, and had to figure out those things on the fly. But that’s part of traveling all over a country. We’ve experienced this before, and I think we’re resilient when it comes to off-the-court stuff.”

The Australians have reached the semifinals after defeating the Czech Republic yesterday. Bogut, in particular, helped to galvanize Australia’s offense, scoring 10 points in just over 12 minutes of action. Australia will take on Spain early tomorrow morning with a chance to advance to the final.

After playing most of the 2018-19 season in the NBL in Australia, Bogut returned to the Bay Area to play for the Golden State Warriors.

The 34-year-old played limited minutes, but was still a key defensive piece of a Warriors team that reached the NBA Finals for the fifth consecutive season.