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Australia Olympic men’s basketball roster has 6 NBA players

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MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Andrew Bogut has been included in Australia’s Olympic squad, along with five more NBA players, despite concerns over his fitness.

Australia coach Andrej Lemanis announced his 12-man roster on Monday, saying he’d give Bogut until the eve of the games in Rio de Janeiro next month to recover from the bone bruising around his left knee sustained during Golden State’s seven-game loss to Cleveland in the NBA finals.

The 31-year-old Bogut, who has been traded to Dallas, has been working with the Boomers squad in Melbourne and has until Aug. 5 to show he is fit enough to play in his third Olympic basketball tournament.

Matthew Dellavedova, who helped Cleveland to an historic comeback win for the NBA championship last month and has since moved to the Milwaukee Bucks, and 2014 NBA champion Patty Mills are also in the Australian squad.

As are Joe InglesAron Baynes and Cameron Bairstow, who all played in the NBA last season.

“We are going to Rio to win a medal,” Mills said. “We all understand it is going to be a very hard task but the belief in each other that we can get it done is very exciting. This is certainly one of the strongest teams I’ve been a part of.”

Dellavedova said he had been nervous about Olympic selections, despite his big year in the NBA.

“Nothing’s assumed. Every spot in the Australian team is earned, nothing is given,” Lemanis said. “But the meeting with (Dellavedova) is pretty easy: ‘Delly, you’ve made the team. Congratulations.’ And then we speak about what he can contribute from here.”

The Australians will play warmup matches against the Pac-12 College All-Stars in Melbourne on Tuesday and Thursday and will have further warmup matches in America before arriving in Brazil. The Australians play France on Aug. 6 and Serbia on Aug. 8 before facing the U.S. on Aug. 10 and China on Aug. 12.

Australia squad: David Andersen, Cameron Bairstow, Aron Baynes, Andrew Bogut, Ryan Broekhoff, Matthew Dellavedova, Chris Goulding, Joe Ingles, Kevin Lisch, Damian Martin, Patrick Mills, Brock Motum.

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Andrew Bogut says his chances of playing in Rio Olympics ‘not looking good’

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Andrew Bogut met with the media for the first time since being ruled out of the NBA Finals with a knee injury, and was asked about his chances of playing in the Rio Games for Australia.

“I want to play in the Olympics if I can,” he said. “I’ll try to do everything I can rehab-wise, but the time frame for the injuries that I have makes it very unlikely right now.”

The Golden State Warriors’ center collided with the Cleveland Cavaliers’ J.R. Smith on Monday. The team announced Wednesday that he’ll miss the rest of the Finals, but won’t need surgery. He was told the recovery time would be six to eight weeks.

“I’m not great at math, but six to eight weeks is what I’ve been told. It’s very unlikely at this point, to be honest. I’m going to re-evaluate it in a month. If a miracle happens and I feel great in a month and I can get back on the court, we’ll see. But as of now it’s not looking good,” he said.

Six weeks from Monday is July 25, eight weeks from Monday is Aug. 8, and Australia’s first game is Aug. 6.

“With no practice games, no training sessions to go into an Olympic Games, [that] probably isn’t a good thing for anybody,” Bogut said. “But if it gets to that and it’s available to happen, we’ll discuss it at that point.”

Bogut suited up for Australia in the 2004 and 2008 Games, but missed the 2012 London Olympics after having ankle surgery the previous spring. The Australian men’s basketball team is likely to be led by NBA players Patty Mills and Matthew Dellavedova. It will not feature 19-year-old Ben Simmons, who is expected to be one of the top picks in this month’s NBA Draft.

“I’ll probably know about a month from now,” Bogut said.

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Andrew Bogut out 6-8 weeks, could miss another Olympics

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Australia’s men’s basketball squad could be without its big man at the Rio Olympics. Andrew Bogut suffered bone bruises to his left knee Monday night that will keep him sidelined six to eight weeks.

The Golden State Warriors’ center collided with the Cleveland Cavaliers’ J.R. Smith in Game 5 of the NBA Finals. The team announced Wednesday that he’ll miss the rest of the Finals, but won’t need surgery.

The six-to-eight week timeline puts Bogut’s Olympic participation in jeopardy. Six weeks from today is July 27. Eight weeks from today is Aug. 10. Australia’s first game is Aug. 6.

Bogut sitting out would be another blow to the Aussies, who will already be without young phenom Ben Simmons. The 19-year-old will be one of the top picks, possibly No. 1, in this month’s NBA draft, and he’s opted to focus on his NBA career rather than the Olympics.

The Australian Olympic team could still be led by NBA players Patty Mills and Matthew Dellavedova. Basketball Australia will set its roster after a July 5-10 selection camp.

Bogut suited up for Australia in the 2004 and 2008 Games, but missed the 2012 London Olympics after having ankle surgery the previous spring.

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