Australian centre Liz Cambage reacts after making a basket and receiving a foul at the Rio Olympics.
Australian centre Liz Cambage reacts after making a basket and receiving a foul at the Rio Olympics. Carlos Osorio

'It's kind of sad': Cambage takes new dig at Bogut

THE ongoing feud between basketball stars Liz Cambage and Andrew Bogut is set to continue.

Cambage poured further fuel on the fire thanks to her comments on ABC sport show Sideliners.

The Opals star was asked about her relationship with the No.1 NBA draft pick and Cambage didn't miss in her assessment of Bogut.

"It's kind of sad," Cambage said. "I look up to Andrew, he's such a great post-player.

"But when a man is tweeting at you how to live your life, people you sleep with, things I do in my day-to-day, it's so disrespectful.

"I just have no respect for that man. It's quite sad, he's an amazing basketballer, but just stop."

And the burns didn't stop at Bogut either - Cambage delivered a jab to the ABC, who deserted the WNBL three seasons ago.

The Opals centre has signed for the Melbourne Boomers for the new season, which will be shown on Fox Sports.

"With what we have, it's so hard to get sponsorship," Cambage said. "As a women's league we fight for sponsorship and money and haven't been on TV for three years.

"We're very lucky to be back on TV, we're back on Fox.


Dallas Mavericks center Andrew Bogut (6) questions a call during the second half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Houston Rockets in Dallas, Friday, Oct. 28, 2016. The Rockets won 106-98. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
Australian Andrew Bogut playing for the Dallas Mavericks. LM Otero

When Sideliners co-host Tegan Higginbotham interjected, saying "you can't say that", Cambage showed she wasn't backing down.

"The ABC did drop us, so..." Cambage replied.

Cambage says she is happy to be returning to Australia, having been out of basketball since the Rio Olympics last year.

The Opal said she was happy resting her body, having played the game professionally for over a decade, saying she was thinking about retirement post-Olympics.

"I was pretty much ready to hang up the shoes and call it 'doneski' with basketball," Cambage said.

"I was a bit done with it all, but Rio made me hungrier for more. A lot of people don't realise I've been a professional basketballer since I was 15 years old.


Australian basketballer Liz Cambage arrives at the Birdcage on Melbourne Cup Day at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne, Tuesday. Nov. 1, 2016. (AAP Image/Tracey Nearmy) NO ARCHIVING, EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Australian basketballer Liz Cambage on Melbourne Cup Day at Flemington Racecourse. TRACEY NEARMY

"After a decade of being a pro-baller I think I deserved a break. It's been nice to get back, do some travelling, just refresh and work on other projects.

"The last season I played, a year and a half ago was in Shanghai. So I haven't played a season of basketball for a year and a half and haven't been on court for a year since the Olympics.

"So coming home to the Melbourne Boomers, it's the best place for me to play Basketball."

Cambage will not be turning her attention to the AFLW though like her Opals teammate Erin Phillips.

The Opal admits she was caught up in the euphoria surrounding the women's AFL competition, but she admits the coverage of the fledgling league did make her somewhat jealous.

"It's so amazing to see all this support that got behind her (Phillips)," Cambage said.

"All of a sudden she's this amazing athlete, she's been a great athlete her whole career.

"Other women's sport has been here for so long. All of a sudden it was like 'yo, women's sport'.

"We've been here a long time here doing it."