Australia native Bucks forward Andrew Bogut
will appear in the T-Mobile Rookie Challenge in Houston. The first-year forward is averaging 9.2 points and 7.8 rebounds in 29.2 minutes per game. Drafted in 2005 as Bucks first overall pick, Bogut is consider an up-and-coming star of the future.
At the beginning of the All-Star weekend, Bogut took time out to answer your e-mail questions.
Q: Are you missing Australia at all, or should I ask if you have had time to miss Australia?
- Cowdy from Brisbane
Bogut: "Definitely. Australia is home for me. America is much different so I miss it a lot. It is a different culture here. America is like a whole different planet. I miss the people I grew up with — my friends, my family, all type of stuff."
Q: I was also wondering if you are playing in the Commonwealth Games? I doubt it because I think the NBA regular season is still going.
- Ryan from Bendigo
Bogut poses for a portrait during NBA All-Star 2006. Jennifer Pottheiser/NBAE/Getty Images
Bogut: "No. But I will play in the World Championships for sure. We are never the favourites. We just go trying to take teams out as the underdogs and then we will be happy.”
Q: How did you feel when you blocked Shaq?
- Vashan from Melbourne
Bogut (laughs): “It was great. You know, he has blocked me a couple of times. It is very hard to block Shaq. He is one of the best players in the league. But we lost that game and we liked to have won it.”
Q: Hey Andrew, I´m writing from Melbourne and we're all just waiting for you to play in the Rookie game. How does it feel representing a country in the NBA? Keep up the good work mate, everyone loves you down here.
Bogut: "It´s unbelievable. I think in the next couple of years we will have a few more players but it is definitely an honour.”
Q: Is there any chance that you would be holding a clinic or anything when you come back to Australia?
- Kurtis from Sydney
Bogut: "There should be. It is in the works now. We haven´t had an exact outline because of the World Championships (in Japan) this summer so it is a very busy summer but definitely in the future there will be some.”
Q: I was wondering how it felt to go from being the go-to-guy in college to a role player on offence in the NBA?
- Nathan from Geelong
Bogut: "It is very different. That is just something you have to deal with and earn your respect in the league.”
Q: What do you consider the best part of your game this season? Also, what aspects of your game have you improved?
- Braydon from Australia
Bogut: "I´m just playing my role. Playing defense, taking charges, getting rebounds. I can improve everywhere. It is just a challenge to work hard and practice hard.”
Q: What are your expectations for the rest of the season?
Bogut: "Hopefully make the playoffs. That´s it.”
Q: Do you remember when you came to St. Paul Apostle South?
- Vashan from Melbourne
Bogut: “Yeah. I was there a couple of times and also had a friend who went there.”