NBA Championship ring fits perfectly for Aussie Andrew Bogut
AFTER 10 years and countless injuries, Aussie big man Andrew Bogut (pictured, back) finally has an NBA Championship ring.
The 30-year-old was again left warming the bench in game six, but couldn't have cared less as the Golden State Warriors downed the Cavs 105-97 in Cleveland to win the finals series 4-2, and their first title in 40 years.
Bogut saw plenty of court time in the first three games, but with Cleveland leading 2-1 at that point, coach Steve Kerr opted to go with a smaller, quicker roster.
That decision saw the Boomers centre play less than three minutes in game four and not at all in games five and six, but it paid off in spades for the team with his replacement, shooting guard Andre Iguodala, going on to be named player of the series.
Iguodala and season MVP Steph Curry top-scored for Golden State in the final game with 25 points, while LeBron James finished with a game-high 32 points and 18 rebounds for Cleveland.
The Cavs started the finals series without power forward Kevin Love (shoulder), and suffered another ultimately fatal blow when star guard Kyrie Irving fractured his kneecap during game one.
James had fantastic assistance from previously-unheralded guard Matthew Dellavedova in games two and three, but the Aussie was unable to sustain the defensive pressure on Curry in the final three games.
Bogut, named in the NBA's all-defensive second team this season, is the fifth Aussie to win a championship ring after Luc Longley, Andrew Gaze, Aron Baynes and Patti Mills.