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Why does MJ like Andrew Bogut?

October 25, 2011
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Does Michael Jordan, owner of the Charlotte Bobcats, have his sights set on Andrew Bogut? Back in August, MJ raised many an eyebrow with his comments regarding the Milwaukee Bucks center: “I love Bogut’s game. He’s made a very good start and he’s definitely gonna be a star. His big problem is that he’s been dealing with that elbow injury. But he is a star to be reckoned with and will be a star for some time.” This is high praise, indeed, coming from basketball immortality. But it makes you wonder…..

 

In September, Jordan was fined $100,000 for the above comments. NBA rules prohibit team officials from talking about NBA players during the Lockout (in the media). What was MJ thinking? Truth be told, he was answering a question about small-market teams like the Bucks being hurt by the NBA Lockout. Maybe he just let his mouth run accidentally. Or…is Jordan planning on making a play for Bogut when he becomes a free agent in 2014? Heck, why wait? he can make a play for him anytime via trade. Jordan’s recent acquisition of Corey Maggette may have been a preview of future Bucks headed to Charlotte. Andrew Bogut could be next.

 

While MJ’s rep as a front office guy was nowhere near that of his as a player, I agree with him on his assessment of Bogut. Okay, so he thought Kwame Brown would be a great center too but, hey, Andrew is no Kwame. In my eyes, he is the 3rd best center in the league, behind Dwight Howard and Andrew Bynum. Considering that Dwight doesn’t have a back-to-the-basket game, Bogut is actually the 2nd best true center we have today. The traditional center is a dying breed in the NBA, so you can see why Jordan is so intrigued by him. Michael envied Kobe Bryant in the early 2000′s, playing alongside the dominant Shaquille O’neal. The likes of Luc Longley and Bill Cartwright in Chicago didn’t quite compare. There is no triangle offense in Charlotte, so if the Bobcats are to play off someone in the post they’re going to have to do it with a true bigman down there.

 

Andrew Bogut is a tough, ornery dude. He’s an Aussie with Croatian blood…that’s powerful stuff. He averaged 12.8 points and, 11 rebounds, and 2.6 blocks per game last season and he wasn’t even close to being 100%. In April of 2010, he took a nasty fall off an awkward dunk attempt and mangled his entire right arm. While many looked at it as primarily an elbow injury, Bogut said that the hardest part to rehab was actually his right wrist. This is his shooting hand. It helped, though, that he’s ambidextrous in the paint. Andrew is as liable to use his left hand to finish as he is his right, keeping defenders constantly guessing. What’s just as impressive is his touch with either hand. He doesn’t just clank it up onto the board like a lot of big guys today, the guy nestles the ball on the rim every time. It must be a Croatian thing…makes sense why Jordan is so hot on him. He probably reminds him of ex-teammate Toni Kukoc in that regard. Oh, and did I mention the guy can pass out of the post too? hence that “traditional center” comment earlier.

When you watch a Milwaukee Bucks game the first things you probably notice are coach Scott Skiles angrily shouting plays from the sideline and point guard Brandon Jennings pounding the ball at the top of the circle. You think those are obviously the two leaders of this young team. Well, I think that it’s quietly Andrew Bogut’s team. He blends just the right amount of team camaraderie with tough love. His comments in the media too are very ‘leaderly’. He knows just how to push guys subtly through his quotes. He also refuses to take any nonsense out there. If he’s not getting the ball enough or if the team is getting sloppy he makes sure to let the guys know it. That is the kind of leadership Michael Jordan’s team could use.

 

The Charlotte Bobcats need a franchise-caliber player, badly. They also need someone at center to help them forget about drafting bigman Emeka Okafor 2nd overall back in 2004. Andrew could do both of these things, and he could do them with a digestible price tag (his contract maxes out at $14 million in 2014). Assuming he stays healthy, this is a workable number. Especially considering that the Bobcats have been gutting their payroll the past year or so.

We may see Andrew Bogut in a Charlotte Bobcats uniform or we may not….. but we will see him in an All-Star game one day.

 

 

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16 Responses to Why does MJ like Andrew Bogut?

  1. Evan on October 28, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    if Charlotte got Bogut they’d be a playoff team, specialy with coach Silas.

  2. Chadwick on November 3, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    Anybody out there seen Bogut this summer? Is he in shape and fully recovered from those injuries??
    -Chad

  3. Bucharest on November 6, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    Why would anyone want to play for MJ after all this lockout nonsense? He turned his back on the players, those guys who once worshipped him. It’ll never be the same.

  4. kelsey on November 7, 2011 at 3:28 am

    Bogut was the worst #1 pick ever…he’s soft

    • Big Crazy Dave on November 8, 2011 at 12:02 am

      Spoken with true ignorance kelsey. Well done… so Andrea Bargnani, Kwame Brown, Derrick Coleman, Joe Smith, Pervis Ellison, Michael Olowokandi and Kent Benson all rate pretty high with you I guess…? Be honest now, you don’t actually watch any Bucks games do you?

    • KNEZ on November 8, 2011 at 1:39 pm

      Dave, well played. Come on kelsey, you can do better than that. NBA history is filled with #1 picks that turned out to be complete busts. Bogut is far from that. He has a strong chance of being an All-Star one day.
      -Knez

  5. KNEZ on November 8, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    One more thought: Derrick Coleman shouldn’t be in this group…he was an All-Star. Let’s replace him w/ Greg Oden (for now). There’s still hope for Andrea Bargnani too.

  6. Spain1994 on November 11, 2011 at 2:36 am

    Just because Jordan makes some comments about a player doesn’t mean he’s automatically going to trade for him. Plus, Joel Przybilla is a better center anyways.

    • Kram43 on November 11, 2011 at 5:43 pm

      Aww I was agreeing with you until “Joel Przybilla is a better center anyways.” You ruined it, Przybilla is good at defence but Bogut average the most blocks last season.

      Bogut is an excellent centre, doesn’t get enough of the ball in my opinion at the bucks but he has even stated that he is struggling to recover his shooting from his injury.

    • KNEZ on November 13, 2011 at 5:56 pm

      Kram, speak on it. Maybe Joel Przybilla 2 years ago would be in the conversation, but not this banged up one. Bogut will be an All-Star one day.
      -Knez

  7. Andy on November 12, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    What could the Bobcats even offer the Bucks? Nothing pretty much.

    • KNEZ on November 13, 2011 at 5:54 pm

      Andy, you’re right. There isn’t much right now as a result of the recent moves Charlotte has made to cut payroll. Plus, I think the last guy Scott Skiles wants to give up is Andrew Bogut. But ask yourself this, why is MJ blowing $100K talking about Andrew Bogut of all people? It just doesn’t make sense…..
      -Knez

  8. Van Bruno on November 29, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    oooooh. bogut n tyrus thomas on the same frontline. maggette too….i smell playoffs

    • Satty on December 7, 2011 at 9:24 pm

      Kemba Walker, Gerald Henderson, Maggette, Tyrus, and Bogut! That sounds like a team with a winning record!

    • Martin Knezevic on December 8, 2011 at 10:27 am

      Satty, It would be a good young lineup for sure. Definitely playoff material in the east if they can stay healthy. But there haven’t been any concrete rumors linking Bogut to Charlotte…yet. That could change by next summer though. Also, Corey is just a filler at SF to replace the scoring left behind by trading Stephen Jackson…that position could use an upgrade as well.
      How do you feel about the development of Tyrus Thomas?
      -Knez

  9. Mohamed on July 16, 2013 at 12:12 am

    Sounds good to me. I can agree with the Memphis comeback.But even with their day off they are fisnhiing up this west coast road trip. Suns just had 3 days off so will be rested and back home. Haven’t made up my mind yet. Play On Underdogs (PHOENIX) cold team failing to cover the spread in 8 or more of their last 10, tired team playing 8 or more games in 14 days.(44-13 over the last 5 seasons.) (77.2%, +29.7 units. Rating = 4*)

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