Giannis Antetokounmpo believes the Milwaukee Bucks will be one of the NBA's most exciting teams to watch after they crushed the Golden State Warriors on Christmas Day.

Milwaukee triumphed 138-99, with the 39-point margin of victory being the second largest ever at Christmas, where the league traditionally schedules a host of marquee games.

The emphatic win came despite Antetokounmpo scoring only four field goals in a 15-point display.

Khris Middleton scored a game-high 31 points including six three-pointers, but beyond the big two it is a different Bucks roster this season with Jrue Holiday, D.J. Augustin and Bobby Portis among the new arrivals.

Antetokounmpo believes the Bucks, who fell to the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference semifinals last season, are primed to produce some must-see games.

"The Milwaukee Bucks this year, we are good – we are better," Antetokounmpo said.

"We have some great guys that we added to the team.

"They are playing the right way, and once everything fits in together. We are going to be good and it is going to be fun to watch."

Antetokounmpo signed a five-year, $228million contract extension, the largest in league history, with the Bucks this month.

The power forward has been named NBA MVP for each of the past two seasons and is looking to become the first player to win three in a row since Boston Celtics great Larry Bird in 1986.

While he was quieter offensively against the Warriors, Antetokounmpo did have 35 points in the opener at the Boston Celtics, recording 13 rebounds in both encounters.

Antetokounmpo averaged 29.5 points and 13.6 rebounds in 63 games last season, helping his team to the best regular season record of 56-17.

The Bucks (1-1) return to action at the New York Knicks on Sunday.

The Golden State Warriors need to win "immediately" after dropping their first two games of the NBA season, says Stephen Curry.

Following the exit of Kevin Durant and long-term injuries for Klay Thompson and Curry, the Warriors limped to a league-worst 15-50 record in 2019-20.

Thompson will miss a second straight season due to an Achilles tear while Draymond Green is yet to play this term because of a foot problem.

The Warriors followed up their opening-day defeat to Durant's Brooklyn Nets with a heavy 138-99 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on Christmas Day.

Curry, who said he "always" feels pressure to make the playoffs, warned that Golden State cannot afford to let the season slip away from them.

"We need to win, immediately," said Curry, who had 19 points and six assists for the Warriors.

"We don't really have a good flow on offense. We're making things a little too easy on the [opposition] defense in terms of sustained execution – we're getting some pretty good looks, myself included, but we need to make more.

"Over the course of 48 [minutes] you have to bank on execution to win on the highest level, especially against two teams like that.

"Defensively, we've got to guard the three-point line a little bit better and stop fouling and giving teams easy peasy points at the free throw line.

"If we can get stops and turn it into a transition offense that might help us simplify the game a little bit, but there's a long way to go. [We are] staying positive and trying to figure out how to get moving in the right direction."

Curry urged the team's young players to play without the burden of expectation despite being at a franchise that before last season had made the NBA Finals for five straight years and won three championships during that run.

Asked for his message to the less experienced players, he replied: "This year is different and to not feel any pressure from Warriors teams of the past. We obviously have that championship DNA and those expectations around our organisation and that's what we want, but this year's different.

"It's a new group of guys. We'd have loved to have played better these last two games but that's not going to define our season at all. We can go win these next two and your 2-2 on a road trip, so that's what you've got to focus on.

"Hold yourself accountable to mistakes we are making as a group and just keep trying to get better. We just have to make sure our effort and competitiveness is there, and that'll help us get through these growing pains."

Curry anticipates Green's return from injury will have a significant impact but does not expect it to fix all of Golden State's problems.

"That will obviously help. We played two really good teams who have championship aspirations and that's the level we need to get to. We're just not anywhere close to that," said Curry.

"Hopefully, he'll give us a boost. It's not going to be a cure all… but I expect there to be good energy when he comes back."

LeBron James helped the Los Angeles Lakers past the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA, while the Brooklyn Nets dominated the Boston Celtics.

James moved into second for most points on Christmas Day in NBA history, posting 22 to go with 10 assists and seven rebounds in the Lakers' 138-115 victory.

Only Kobe Bryant (395) has scored more points on the day than James, who surpassed Oscar Robertson (377) and moved onto 383.

Anthony Davis also starred with 28 points, eight rebounds and five assists as the Lakers claimed their first win of the season.

Mavericks star Luka Doncic finished with 27 points.

Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving combined to lead the Nets past the Celtics 123-95.

Durant (29 points) and Irving (37 points, eight assists and six rebounds) dominated in the Nets' victory. The latter equalled the record for three-pointers (seven) made in a game on Christmas Day.

 

Middleton, Robinson in form

Khris Middleton led the Milwaukee Bucks to a 138-99 thrashing of the Golden State Warriors, finishing with 31 points, five assists and four rebounds.

Stephen Curry (19 points) moved into second on the Warriors' all-time scoring list. Curry (16,458) surpassed Rick Barry (16,447), with only Wilt Chamberlain (17,783) having scored more for the team.

Duncan Robinson and Erik Spoelstra made history during the Miami Heat's 111-98 win over the New Orleans Pelicans. Robinson (23 points) equalled the Christmas Day record with seven three-pointers. Spoelstra, meanwhile, improved to 8-0 on the day, setting the record for most wins on Christmas Day without a loss. Jimmy Butler, meanwhile, suffered an ankle injury for Miami.

Paul George (23 points) and Kawhi Leonard (21) guided the Los Angeles Clippers past the Denver Nuggets 121-108. Leonard was left bloodied late in the game after a collision.

 

Bad Boston

The Celtics went 37-of-98 from the field against the Nets, with Marcus Smart (four-of-12) in particular struggling.

 

Dynamic duo

Durant and Irving are already showing what they are capable of together at the Nets, combining for 66 points against the Celtics.

Friday's results

Miami Heat 111-98 New Orleans Pelicans
Milwaukee Bucks 138-99 Golden State Warriors
Brooklyn Nets 123-95 Boston Celtics
Los Angeles Lakers 138-115 Dallas Mavericks
Los Angeles Clippers 121-108 Denver Nuggets

 

76ers at Knicks

The Philadelphia 76ers (1-0) will look for back-to-back wins to begin the season when they face the New York Knicks (0-1) on Saturday.

Giannis Antetokounmpo hopes Khris Middleton can maintain his form for the Milwaukee Bucks all season.

Middleton scored a game-high 31 points as the Bucks crushed the Golden State Warriors 138-99 in the NBA on Christmas Day.

An All-Star in each of the previous two seasons, Middleton is averaging 29 points, nine rebounds and 6.5 assists through the opening two games.

Antetokounmpo, who had 15 points and 13 rebounds against the Warriors, is hoping to see Middleton continue starring.

"He's playing well, making shots, playing with high confidence, creating plays for others. It's good," he told a news conference.

"We need this from him. We need him to do this all year long. He's feeling good and you know when Khris feels good you've got to pass him the ball. He's playing to get his own shot but he's playing through everybody else, he's run to the corner, he's getting easy ones, easy looks.

"He's playing with high confidence right now and this team really needs that."

The win over the Warriors was the Bucks' first of the season after they lost their opener to the Boston Celtics.

Antetokounmpo believes Milwaukee will be better than the team eliminated in the Eastern Conference semi-finals last season after finishing with a 56-17 record.

"We're good. We're better. We have some great guys that we added to the team, they’re playing our way and once everything fits in together we're going to be good," he said.

"It's going to be fun to watch."

Christmas is a time for giving, and the NBA is no exception as fans feast on presents, turkeys and live basketball.

This year marks the 73rd edition of the NBA on Christmas Day, having started playing games in 1947 – the league's second season.

LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers will be on show – the defending champions the headline act against Luka Doncic's Dallas Mavericks.

The Brooklyn Nets will be spearheaded by Christmas Day specialist Kevin Durant when they lock horns with the Boston Celtics, while Erik Spoelstra and the Miami Heat will be hoping for another Merry Christmas as they go head-to-head against Zion Williamson's New Orleans Pelicans.

Giannis Antetokounmpo – fresh off signing a mammoth supermax contract – will lead the Milwaukee Bucks against Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors, and Kawhi Leonard's Los Angeles Clippers will seek to avenge their stunning capitulation against the Denver Nuggets in the Western Conference semi-finals.

We look at the best stats and facts on Christmas Day in the NBA using Stats Perform data.

 

361 – James has the most career points on Christmas Day among active players, ahead of Durant (270), Russell Westbrook (241), James Harden (208) and Carmelo Anthony (186). All-time, James ranks third and he needs 17 points to surpass Oscar Robertson (377) for second place and 35 to leapfrog Kobe Bryant (395) for first place. The four-time NBA champion and MVP, who helped the Lakers snap their 10-year title drought in 2019-20, is also second for most career rebounds among active players on Christmas, behind former team-mate Dwight Howard (114) with 108.

97 – Lakers superstar James tops another category… assists. The 35-year-old is clear of Westbrook (82), Harden (58), ex-team-mate Rajon Rondo (55) and Curry (48) among active players. James is set to make his 14th appearance on Christmas Day. He has a 9-4 win-loss record while averaging 25.8 points, 7.7 rebounds and 6.9 assists per game. James is one win behind Dwyane Wade's record.

20 – Durant has scored at least 20 points in nine consecutive Christmas Day games, the second-longest streak in NBA history behind Robertson. The latter had 20-plus points in 10 straight games from 1960 to 1969. Durant has averaged 30.0 points in nine games on Christmas – an average only bettered by Anthony (31.0) among active players.

7-0 – Heat head coach Spoelstra is yet to lose in his seven Christmas Day contests. If last season's NBA Finals runners-up Miami win, Spoelstra will tie Phil Jackson for the longest Christmas Day streak by a head coach to start his career. The Heat have an NBA-best 10-2 record in games played on Christmas Day, while they have won seven successive games.

22 – The Lakers are playing on Christmas for the 22nd successive season, the second-longest streak in league history. The New York Knicks top the list following 38 straight appearances. The Lakers have the most all-time wins on Christmas Day with 23.

6 – Six players have recorded a triple-double in a Christmas Day game – Draymond Green (2017), Westbrook (2013), James (2010), Billy Cunningham (1970), John Havlicek (1967) and Robertson (1960, 1961, 1963 and 1967).

60 – Bernard King holds the record for most points scored on Christmas Day. King registered a 60-point haul for the New York Knicks against the New Jersey Jets in 1984.

23 – The Pelicans' JJ Redick shares the record for most three-pointers on Christmas Day, alongside Houston Rockets star Harden. James and Durant have both made 22 shots from beyond the arc.

7 – Nets guard Kyrie Irving holds the record for most steals in a Christmas Day game following his performance for the Cleveland Cavaliers against the Warriors in 2016.

1-5 – Of the current NBA franchises, the Nuggets have the second-worst record on Christmas Day, just ahead of the Toronto Raptors (0-2). Since 2010, the Nuggets are 0-3 – the worst run.

The Christmas Day quintuple-header is the NBA showcase that brims with compelling matchups between powerhouse teams and the league's biggest and brightest stars.

Even for casual fans, Friday's slate is enticing with five games spaced throughout the day and night featuring 26 All-Stars, including four MVP winners.

While Christmas is a time to celebrate and be merry, playing on December 25 hasn't been full of cheer for one of the game's premier players of the last decade.

The Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry is a future Hall of Famer and will go down as one of the greatest shooters in NBA history, but you would have a hard time convincing that to the casual fan who tunes in at Christmas.

In seven career Christmas games, Curry is averaging 9.6 points on 29.3 per cent shooting and 20.5 per cent shooting from three-point range.

Not exactly numbers that scream two-time league MVP.

In fact, since the three-point line was adopted in 1979-80, no player has shot less than 30 per cent and averaged more than 6.0 points per game over the course of a career - the kind of numbers Curry puts up on Christmas.

While many count down the days until Christmas, you'll have to forgive Curry if he's not one of them considering December 25 has been his worst shooting day of the season.

Of the dates when he has played a minimum three games, December 15 has been his second worst on the calendar, with 33.3 per cent shooting over four games.

Christmas Day has also been one of Curry's most dismal days for three-point shooting, making just 20.5 per cent of his attempts. Of the dates when he has played at least three games, his three-point record has only been worse on April 21 (12.5 per cent) and December 16 (17.6 per cent).

Given his shooting woes on Christmas it should be no big surprise he's never had a 20-point game on December 25. It marks just one of three calendar dates where he's played at least three games and not reached the 20-point mark. On the other two dates of February 15 and April 19, he's only played three games apiece on those days - four fewer opportunities than his appearances on Christmas.

Not only has December 25 been one of Curry's most dreadful days of the season for making shots, his struggles with shooting on that particular day go down among the worst for anyone who has played on Christmas in more than 35 years.

Since 1983-84, of players who have taken a minimum 50 attempts, Curry has the lowest Christmas Day shooting success percentage, worse than Ron Harper and Michael Finley (both 32.7 per cent), Derek Fisher (33.8 per cent) and Paul Pierce (35 per cent).

Part of Curry's struggles on Christmas could have something to do with the fact his Warriors are typically facing stiff competition in either a Finals rematch or potential playoff preview, so he's matching up against the best of the best.

However, he's faced the same teams he's gone up against on Christmas at other times in the same season and his numbers in those matchups are more in line with his career averages of 23.5 points per game on 47.6 per cent shooting and 43.5 per cent from three-point range.

Curry's points per game perk up from 9.6 to an average of 18.9 when he faces Christmas Day opponents on other occasions in the same season, with his field goal percentage soaring to 47.1 per cent and three-point shooting jumping from to 47.2 per cent.

So maybe late December is when Curry typically goes through a cold spell. However, taking a look at the games he's played immediately before his Christmas contests and immediately after, his shooting stats are again more of what you would expect from him on any given night.

When he has played in a game immediately prior to Christmas, Curry averages 23.2 points on 45.5 per cent overall shooting and 37.3 per cent three-point success, while in the first post-Christmas game he has scored 22.4 points on average (44.2 per cent overall shooting, 43.1 per cent from three-point range).

This will be the eighth straight year the Warriors are playing on December 25 and many eyes will be on Curry given the six-time All-Star will be playing for just the third time since October 2019, after missing much of last season with a broken left hand.

He looked like his old self in the preseason and played well in spurts in Tuesday's opener before sitting out the fourth quarter when the outcome was in little doubt with Golden State on the wrong end of a blowout loss to the Brooklyn Nets.

So maybe after all these years he'll finally be able to put together a memorable Christmas performance. At least he doesn't again have to face a Los Angeles Lakers team that's given him problems in the past and gets - gulp, the Milwaukee Bucks.

And there's the big festive plot twist. Curry averages just 19.9 points against the Bucks across his career - his lowest scoring average against any team.

Kevin Durant was described as "scary" good by Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr after starring on his long-awaited competitive NBA debut for the Brooklyn Nets.

Durant made his official bow for the Nets after sitting out the entire 2019-20 season, scoring 22 points in Tuesday's season-opening 125-99 blowout of former team the Warriors in Brooklyn.

Former MVP Durant had not played a competitive game since rupturing his Achilles tendon while playing for the Warriors in Game 5 of the 2019 NBA Finals.

In his Warriors reunion, Durant – who won two championships and as many Finals MVPs in Golden State – was seven-of-16 from the field in 25 minutes, while he also collected five rebounds, tallied three assists and three steals.

Afterwards, Kerr said: "[His play] is kind of scary for the rest of the league. I couldn't tell one difference between seeing him 18 months ago to seeing him [now]."

Durant added: "I know it's a lot of emotions and a lot of things. I got so many calls and texts about playing again. For me, I was just, I've got to focus on the first possession, and then try and get through that and move on each possession.

"I try not to make too much of a deal out of this whole thing, and realise I've been playing this game since I was eight years old, so just got to revert back to what I know."

"I'm just learning my team-mates tendencies, where they like the ball, just their routines," Durant said. "Just getting to know my team-mates a little bit more. I think with each game as we continue to build we'll get more and more comfortable with each other.

"That's probably the thing I've learned the most, trying to learn each guy's favourite spot on the floor and what they like to do. So that's going to take some time to get everyone downloaded."

Nets head coach Steve Nash oversaw his first official game – the 26-point victory the largest season-opening win by a rookie coach in NBA history.

On Durant's display, Hall of Famer Nash said: "I think he has an eye for the long game. He realises there are a lot of steps still to be taken. I think he is just enjoying the process.

"He's really grateful to be back on the floor. He's missed it tremendously, the amount of love and passion he has for the sport. He's attacked his rehab that way...

"He's not out here trying to win a scoring title, he's just trying to play the right way so we're fortunate to have a player of his calibre but also a player of his character."

Nets star Kyrie Irving had a game-high 26 points as Eastern Conference contenders Brooklyn showcased their title credentials in the league's curtain raiser.

Caris LeVert added 20 points – the only time in the last 30 years the Nets had three players score 20-plus points in 25 minutes or less in the same game.

After an injury-hit first season with the Nets, Irving – who won a title alongside LeBron James in Cleveland – told reporters: "As a young player you think that scoring a bunch of points and doing a bunch of things, getting individual accolades are great, and I definitely was going after those things.

"It's been a long journey to get here and to be able to master this craft, and to learn that it's not just about hero basketball, it's about how great the team is. I think I got caught up in that in my career a few times of just trying to play hero basketball where the team's success is really going to dictate how great you are as an individual and how great you play your role."

Kevin Durant impressed on his official debut and Kyrie Irving top-scored as the Brooklyn Nets humbled the Golden State Warriors 125-99 in their NBA season opener.

Durant played his first official game since rupturing his Achilles tendon while playing for the Warriors in Game 5 of the 2019 NBA Finals.

After sitting out the entire 2019-20 campaign, Durant made his Nets bow and posted 22 points against former team the Warriors in Tuesday's curtain raiser behind closed doors in Brooklyn.

In his Warriors reunion, Durant – who won two championships and as many Finals MVPs in Golden State – was seven-of-16 from the field in 25 minutes, while he also collected five rebounds, tallied three assists and three steals.

Nets team-mate Irving led the way with a game-high 26 points to give Steve Nash a winning debut as head coach in the first game of the shortened 72-game regular season amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Caris LeVert added 20 points for Eastern Conference contenders the Nets, who led by as many as 38 against the helpless Warriors.

Stephen Curry and his teammates were no match for the Nets in the blowout after a forgettable 2019-20 campaign.

Injuries to All-Stars Curry and Klay Thompson, coupled with Durant's departure, saw the Warriors finish with the league's worst record – 15-50.

Two-time MVP Curry was back on the court on Tuesday but his 20 points – on seven-of-21 shooting from the field and two-of-10 from three-point range – were not enough.

Durant, Irving and Curry all scored at least 20 points in their returns on Tuesday. Excluding the 1998-99 lockout, it is the only time since the 1976-77 merger that three players who had not played an NBA game in at least nine months all scored 20-plus points in the same game, per Stats Perform.

James Wiseman – the second pick in the 2020 NBA Draft – impressed with 19 points, six rebounds and two steals on his Warriors debut.

Stephen Curry said he wants to retire with the Golden State Warriors as he discussed the possibility of a contract extension.

Warriors star Curry has two years remaining on the five-year, $201million max contract extension he signed in 2017.

Curry has enjoyed great success since being selected by the Warriors with the seventh pick in the 2009 NBA Draft, winning three NBA championships.

The 32-year-old, who was limited to just five games last season due to injury, was asked about his future as the Warriors prepare to open their 2020-21 campaign against the Brooklyn Nets on December 22.

"We have conversations," Curry said during a video conference with reporters on Monday. "Everything's on the table right now.

"Everything I've talked about, about being a Warrior and what the future holds. Obviously [I'm] fully committed on what that is. And understanding I've got to do what's right for me and the team and having those conversations.

"I feel blessed to be in that position where I can say that and truly believe that, so it's a matter of just letting things play out the way they should and that's kind of where we're at right now."

Curry added: "That's a huge goal for sure [to retire with the Warriors]. It's an elite club of guys that you look at that have played with the same organisation and been successful and achieved greatness in that respect. So that would be an awesome accomplishment. Something that I've obviously spoken publicly about and am very committed to.

"But that also goes with there's a lot more to be accomplished on the court, and again I can't fast forward to what the end is going to be and not enjoy the moment, enjoy the challenges we have in front of us and what I have left to accomplish as a player so we'll see what happens.

"I won't be changing my number or doing anything like that trying to recreate my career. Let's just play basketball and continue to try and achieve greatness."

Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry is relishing his reunion with former team-mate Kevin Durant on the opening night of the 2020-21 NBA season.

The NBA announced its national TV schedule for the first three days of the season, with the Warriors-Brooklyn Nets clash part of a December 22 doubleheader also featuring defending champions the Los Angeles Lakers and city rivals the Los Angeles Clippers.

Durant – who won two championships and as many NBA Finals MVP awards in the Bay Area – is set to make his long-awaited debut for the Nets as he returns from an Achilles injury.

Former MVP Durant left the Warriors via free agency ahead of the 2019-20 season, but he missed last term through an Achilles injury sustained with Golden State in the 2019 Finals.

The Warriors will also face reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks on Christmas Day and Curry told reporters on Wednesday: "It's exciting.

"Throw us right into the familiarity with K [Durant] but also with teams that are expected to be at the top of each conference, or the Eastern Conference.

"And then, we kind of get a good gauge of where we are right out the gate.

"We're going to have to play every team at some point. I know the excitement around the NBA being back and the Christmas Day slate and all that ... it's going to be dope."

Golden State – coming off a forgettable campaign – will be without star Klay Thompson again due to a ruptured Achilles, having missed the entire 2019-20 season because of a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL).

The Warriors reached five straight NBA Finals between 2015 and 2019, winning three titles, but slumped to a 15-50 record at the bottom of the Western Conference in 2019-20.

Curry's own injuries limited him to just five games last term and he added: "I've got to figure out what we're going to do in Milwaukee for Christmas.

"But other than that, it's going to be pretty awesome just to be playing basketball again. I'm excited, man, it's going to be here before you know it."

"Watching the bubble was weird," Curry said. "It was nice to be a fan for a little bit, but I definitely want to be playing competitive basketball and in games that matter."

LeBron James and defending champions the Los Angeles Lakers will face city rivals the Los Angeles Clippers on the opening night of the 2020-21 NBA season.

The NBA announced its national TV schedule for the first three days of the season, with the Lakers-Clippers showdown part of a December 22 doubleheader.

The Lakers ended their 10-year wait for a title after topping the Miami Heat at Walt Disney World Resort amid the coronavirus pandemic, though this season is set to be played in a non-bubble environment.

James – who has agreed a two-year, $85million contract extension with the Lakers – became the first player in NBA, MLB, NFL and NHL history to win the Finals MVP award for three different teams, having also been crowned Most Valuable Player with the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Heat, as he celebrated a fourth championship.

Kevin Durant is set to make his long-awaited debut for the Brooklyn Nets in a mouth-watering opening-night reunion with the Golden State Warriors, where he won two championships and as many Finals MVP awards.

Durant left the Warriors via free agency ahead of the 2019-20 season but he missed last term as he recovered from an Achilles injury, while Steph Curry and Golden State will be without Klay Thompson due to a ruptured Achilles, having suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in the 2019 Finals.

December 23 will see reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo and his Milwaukee Bucks face the Boston Celtics, while the Dallas Mavericks and Phoenix Suns go head-to-head.

Christmas Day will feature five games as NBA Finals participants the Miami Heat play the New Orleans Pelicans, the Lakers meet Luka Doncic's Mavericks, the Bucks do battle with the Warriors, first-year head coach Steve Nash and the Nets go up against the Celtics, while the Clippers will seek some sort of revenge against the Denver Nuggets.

The Clippers squandered a commanding lead in the Western Conference semi-finals as the Nuggets became the first team in NBA history to overcome a 3-1 deficit to win a series twice in the same postseason.

But a lot has changed for the Clippers, who parted ways with Doc Rivers and turned to championship-winning coach Tyronn Lue to deliver a maiden title to the franchise.

Former Golden State Warriors and Milwaukee Bucks center Andrew Bogut has retired from professional basketball.

Bogut, 36, left the Sydney Kings in May and had hoped to play for Australia at the Tokyo Olympics, which have been pushed back to 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

But the veteran, who was the top pick in the 2005 NBA Draft and won a championship with the Warriors in 2015, has decided to end his career.

"The decision that I made and where I will be signing for next season is absolutely nowhere. I'll be retiring from professional basketball, effective immediately," he said on his podcast, Rogue Bogues, on Tuesday.

"We're in late November, early December, I would've made this decision earlier if it wasn't for the postponement of the Olympics. I was hoping to get to 2020 Tokyo Games and then calling it a day after that, that would've been my fourth Olympics and selfishly obviously it would've been a great accolade to have four Olympic Games under your belt, but it's just not meant to be.

"I just can't physically and mentally get to 2021 with the way the body's been. I could, on a lot of painkillers and a lot of physical and mental anguish, but it's just not worth it at this point of my career.

"I'm really starting to value my health away from the court and my health when I'm 40 and 45 and 50. Some people might say it's just seven more months of training and commitments and I'm at a point where I just can't do it."

Drafted by the Bucks in 2005, Bogut spent seven seasons in Milwaukee before joining the Warriors in 2012.

Bogut helped the Warriors end a 40-year wait for an NBA championship with their success in 2015.

Spells with the Dallas Mavericks, Cleveland Cavaliers and Los Angeles Lakers followed before Bogut signed with the Kings and was named the 2019 NBL MVP, while he also had another stint with the Warriors.

He finished his NBA career averaging 9.6 points, 8.7 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game in 706 regular-season appearances.

Steph Curry insists the Golden State Warriors are ready to adapt to their new role "chasing" the Los Angeles Lakers despite Klay Thompson's latest season-ending injury.

The Warriors reached five straight NBA Finals between 2015 and 2019, winning three titles, but slumped to a 15-50 record at the bottom of the West in 2019-20.

Golden State lost Thompson and Kevin Durant to long-term setbacks in their Finals defeat the previous season, before the latter departed for the Brooklyn Nets.

Curry's own injuries limited him to just five games last term as Thompson sat out the entire season and the team suffered.

The Warriors were expected to return to contention this season, challenging the champion Lakers, but Thompson will again be absent due to a major Achilles blow.

Talk of writing off another campaign is premature, however, according to Curry.

The two-time MVP told ESPN's The Undefeated: "We've been waiting seven months to get back out there.

"Not seeing [Thompson] on the court, at first, is going to be weird. But I think we've done a really good job in the offseason with James [Wiseman, the second overall pick] and our draft picks and in the free agency pool to put together a really solid roster.

"We're going to have to learn a lot really quickly, and we will need a full commitment from everybody.

"We know we can compete with anyone in the league. It's kind of crazy. We know how great Klay is - don't get me wrong - but we hear the chatter. 'It's the end for us', 'This year is a wash', 'What are we going to do in the future?'.

"But we are in the moment right now.

"It's kind of refreshing being in that category as guys that are chasing. We know [the Lakers] are the defending champs. We've got to beat them. We're ready for it."

Curry described news of Thompson's new injury as "a gut punch, for sure" and said it prompted "a lot of tears".

But Golden State are hoping to eventually welcome back the five-time All-Star who Curry still considers the best shooting guard in the league.

"He can come back strong. He's a guy that loves the game so much," Curry said. "He is going to do whatever it takes to get back out there on the floor and be himself.

"That's what we hope and that's the confidence that we have. Two and a half years of rehab is tough for anybody. But we're hoping for the best."

I use my Sundays to look back at what has been happening in the world of sport. On many a Sunday, I realize that people have looked at the stories they have seen throughout the week through different lenses. I have my own personal take on some of these issues and I will share them with you. Welcome to #INCASEYOUMISSEDIT. 

 

  1. Batting clicked in Windies warm-up match

The three-day warm-up match between New Zealand A and West Indies at Queenstown ended in a draw on Sunday. Electing to bat first after winning the toss, New Zealand ‘A’ put up a dominant display of batting to post 308 for 3 declared in the first innings and then 124 for 1. The Windies scored 366 in what must be considered a commendable effort.

     The 112-run partnership between Kraigg Brathwaite and Darren Bravo helped bring the Windies compile a good score after opener John Campbell was bowled for 4.

Brathwaite went on to score 47 while gave a glimpse of his class in a memorable Bravo 135. Bravo knock included 13 fours and five sixes. Top order batsman Shamarh Brooks also stepped up with the bat scoring 80 while Captain Rostan Chase contributed 42 from 76 balls. 

  There is cause for optimism when considering the performance with the bat from the West Indies even though John Campbell does need to show greater game awareness and application. The lower order also needs to raise their game as four of the batsmen were dismissed in single digits.

Despite the commendable batting performance, the Windies had a tough time with the ball. Kemar Roach, Chemar Holder and Rahkeem Cornwall ended the match wicket-less and the bowling attack only managed to snare four wickets during the match.

If the West Indies are to be competitive during the coming series, the bowlers need to quickly shake off the rust and get firing.

 

  1. A sigh of relief for Trinidad and Tobago’s football!

Football’s world governing body, FIFA, on Thursday lifted the suspension of the Trinidad and Tobago football Association, TTFA. The decision was communicated in a letter to the Head of FIFA’s normalization committee in T&T, Robert Hadad. This is a major fillip for Trinidad and Tobago’s football as it paves the way for the team to participate in the CONCACAF Gold Cup and World Cup qualifiers. 

     Despite the setbacks, it is my hope that the normalization committee will cleared the massive debt burdening the association while paying salaries and getting the national team ready for international competition.

  1. Huge blow to Golden State Warriors after Klay Thompson’s injury

The Golden State Warriors star guard Klay Thompson suffered a season-ending tear to his right Achilles tendon during a workout last Wednesday in Southern California. The 30-year-old Thompson missed all of last season after tearing the ACL in his left knee during Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors. 

The Warriors were hopeful that Thompson would return fit and ready to compete for the 2020-21 season. However, they are now trying to figure out how they will cope without one half of the Splash Brothers, whose absence contributed to their league’s worst record (15-50) last season.

 Another season without Thompson on the court will be a huge blow to the Golden State Warriors chances of winning a title next season. How does one accept that such a dependable star has become so vulnerable? 

 

 

The Golden State Warriors have confirmed Klay Thompson is expected to miss the entire 2020-21 NBA season due to a serious injury.

Thompson suffered a torn Achilles in his right leg while participating in a workout on Wednesday, with an MRI scan confirming the severity of the issue.

The five-time NBA All-Star missed the entire 2019-20 campaign after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during Game 6 of the prior season's NBA Finals.

Now Golden State are once again facing up to an extended period without the 30-year-old, who averages 19.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.3 assists during his eight-year career.

"Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson suffered a torn right Achilles tendon, an MRI confirmed today in Los Angeles,"  a short statement read from the team.

"Thompson suffered the injury yesterday in a workout in Southern California. He is expected to miss the 2020-21 season."

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski had first reported the extent of the issue earlier on Thursday, prior to the team's official announcement.

Former Warrior Rick Barry - who was named Finals MVP when they won the title in 1975 - empathised with Thompson on Twitter, as his Hall of Fame career was also hampered by injury problems.

Barry tweeted: "Having had injuries that kept me away from the game I know how devastating it can be emotionally. If anyone can get through this and come back, I’m sure it's Klay with his great work ethic."

Many current NBA players offered prayers for Thompson on social media following the news, among them LeBron James, Luka Doncic and Paul George.

With Thompson's back-court partner Stephen Curry also missing significant time, Golden State finished with an NBA-worst 15-50 record last term.

The Warriors selected James Wiseman with the second pick in the NBA Draft on Wednesday, the center having averaged 19.7 points and 10.7 rebounds in his three-game career at the University of Memphis, as well as guards Nico Mannion and Justinian Jessup in the second round.

© 2020 SportsMaxTV All Rights Reserved.