The Athletic Reporter
September 12, 2005 Sports News the Way You Want It. Completely Made Up. Issue 127
 
Shawn Bradley to Retire, Bucks Draft Andrew Bogut to Fill the Void
Originally posted 7/4/2005

NBA fans hope that Bogut (left) can fill the posterization void left by the retirement of Bradley (right, being faced by Chris Webber)
NEW YORK - With Dallas Mavericks center Shawn Bradley expected to retire after a 12-year career, many of the NBA's top athletes had begun to wonder which tall, skinny white guy they'd be able to dunk in the face of repeatedly. Luckily for them, the Milwaukee Bucks selected Australia native and University of Utah center Andrew Bogut with the first overall pick in Tuesday's NBA draft.

"We know how much your Tracy McGradys, your Vince Carters, your Jason Richardsons and those kinds of guys loved to dunk in the face of -- or 'posterize' -- Shawn Bradley," Bucks general manager Larry Harris said of the gangly, 7'6" center. "Obviously no one could ever really take his place, but with some work we think Andrew could go a long way toward filling that void."

"Look, I've dominated at every level of basketball I've played," said Bogut, "whether it was the Australian junior leagues or the Mountain West Conference. I've taken on the best that Tasmania and Wyoming have to offer, so I don't think I'll have any problem adjusting to the caliber play that you see in the NBA."

When asked for comment about Bogut's prospects in the NBA, Carter, Richardson and McGrady declined to comment and simply started salivating.

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