Bogut tops Aussie earners list as he returns to NBA

Bogut tops Aussie earners list as he returns to NBA

Aussie Boomers big man Andrew Bogut has topped the BRW’s list of top earning Aussie athletes, overtaking last year’s number one, Mark Webber to take the mantle.

The former number 1 NBA draft pick’s Milwaukee Bucks deal sees him move well ahead in first with an estimated annual earn of $13 million, ahead of Moto GP World Champ Casey Stoner on $9.5 million. (Click here to read the full article at foxsports.com.au)

With the NBA lock-out done and dusted and with players back on the court for the official pre-season tournament, with the season set to tip off on Christmas day, Bogut has done nothing but impress Bucks’ coaches and teammates, the extra time off obviously doing wonders for Bogut who was working solidly towards All-star selection before his serious injury at the end of the 2009/10 season.

"It's no secret, Andrew played last year hurt all the time," coach Scott Skiles told the American press. "I probably should have talked about that more. But I was concerned about the effect me talking about it might have on the other players.

"But I went home often – after games and after practices – and felt bad for him that he couldn't play his game. He was still trying to and was giving us everything he had. But he played unhealthy the whole year."

"Andrew looks totally different. You can tell he feels better," Skiles said. "When he catches it and goes quick to the basket, he's got a much quicker first step than people think. Last year, he was catching and looking and waiting. He just didn't feel comfortable.

"He obviously worked very hard this summer and, when the season's over, may look back and think it was a little bit of a blessing that he had a little more time even." (Click here to read the full article at bucks.com)