Basketball superstar Andrew Bogut has declared the Australian men’s team have the talent to beat anyone in the world.
The Boomers sent an ominous warning to the rest of their rivals ahead of the upcoming World Cup in China after they beat the star-studded US for the first time in 55 years.
Australia stunned the world basketball powerhouse with a thrilling 98-94 win in a exhibition match at Melbourne‘s Marvel Stadium on Saturday night.
Bogut, who played an instrumental role in the boilover with 16 points, nine rebounds, and four assists, believes Australia can create more history at the World Cup, which gets underway next week.
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Boomers legend Andrew Bogut, pictured with son Luca after Saturday night’s historic against the US says Australia can now beat anyone in the world
The Boomers superstar took to Twitter to celebrate a historic night for Australian basketball
‘That’s the first time in this regime that I’ve felt that with the Boomers,’ Bogut said after the heart-stopping win.
‘In the past it’s been go to the Olympics or a worlds and we’re not so much making up numbers, but we’ll give it a fair shot and whatever happens happens.’
The Boomers have never won a Olympic or world championship medal while Team USA has won medals in all but one 18 Olympic Games it has competed in.
Bogut sees a changing of the guard following a historic night for Australian basketball.
‘We were competitive in the past but it wasn’t like we’d go into a tournament and think we’re going to try to win the gold medal and beat anyone we come across,’ Bogut said.
‘I think this group has that belief.
‘Guys in this locker room get p****d off when we lose so we need to carry this confidence into the World Cup.’
Andrew Bogut was one of the heroes for the Boomers against the US on Saturday night with a 16 point haul, nine rebounds, and four assists
More than 52,000 fans were at Marvel Stadium to witness history on Saturday night, despite a massive backlash from spectators over stadium’s seating arrangements at an earlier exhibition match on Thursday night.
The event also promised NBA superstars including LeBron James and Stephen Curry would be in action, leaving the 50,000 plus fans devastated to learn they weren’t part of the team’s roster.
Fans had forked out hundreds of dollars for the match that left many fans sitting on plastic chairs with obstructed views of the court, including actor Russell Crowe.
‘$1500 a ticket for this view. AUS v USA . Joke’s on me. If you weren’t among 50,000 there and you chose to watch it on TV at home, good decision,’ Crowe tweeted on Thursday night.
The furore from fans has promoted an Australian Competition and Consumer Commission investigation into the event.
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Crowe gave away his $1500 tickets for Saturday night’s match to some young fans.
‘Always priceless to see Australia make history. Congratulations. I enjoyed game 2 … because I decided to watch it on tv,’ he tweeted.
‘Gave my tix away to a bunch of very excited basketball loving kids’.
Bogut hopes fans bitterly disappointed by the lack of star power in the US line-up and seating arrangements will put those feelings aside to get behind Australia’s World Cup campaign.
Andrew Bogut urged fans to get behind Australia at the world titles, which begin next week
Russell Crowe (pictured at the first game on Thursday night ) watched the second game from the comfort of his hotel room on Saturday night after giving away his tickets
‘I know there’s been some negativity but I hope people enjoyed the last two games because they were part of history,’ he said.
‘I’ve never seen basketball at this height in this country so we have to keep the momentum going.’
Bogut took to Twitter on Saturday night to celebrate the historic victory with fans.
‘Big day in basketball for this country. Well done to the people involved having the balls to organise playing a basketball game in a football stadium. Can’t make everyone smile all the time, but I hope today was a day where most did,’ he tweeted.
The Boomers will open their World Cup campaign against Canada on September 1.
Many fans were left demanding refunds after Thursday night’s first exhibition game
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