So, when the Warriors center says he'd rather not raise children around "the NBA lifestyle" of fast cars, fast women and fast spending — a stereotype he holds to be true — it comes as no surprise Bogut means it. Take this, from CBS Sports writer James Hebert's in-depth interview with the 7-footer, as Exhibit A.
I kind of don't want to raise them around this environment because I don't think it's a healthy environment in a way for children. Because everything's monetary, everything's about money and flashiness and what car you drive. Not to disrespect how other people live, but it's something that I don't think is appropriate for children. I don't think a child should have a Luis Vuitton bag at four years old or have a cell phone at six. That's something I don't think is right, and it's not the way I'll raise my kids the day I have ‘em. Yeah, it's an interesting one. I'll just try to keep my kids level-headed and make sure that they work just as hard as I did to get to where they are. There are going to be no free handouts and I'll want them to have a normal childhood.
This isn't a revelation. Bogut made similar comments to an Australian newspaper in 2013. Exhibit B.
"I want to have kids, I have a niece. My worry is raising kids in the NBA, in that lifestyle," he said.
"It's not a normal life. I want my kid to get a job at McDonald's at 15, to learn what hard work is. I see some kids at five with Gucci bags, I want to stay away from that."
He held this view of the NBA lifestyle even before entering the league. A few weeks before he was drafted No. 1 overall in 2005, Bogut told The Washington Post, "The problem these days is money, and the guys just all want to be all-stars." And his 10 years of experience apparently haven't done much to change his mind.
For the record, Bogut, 30, has a longtime girlfriend and two Siberian Huskies, but no children, although he does have a niece and spends summers with thousands of Australian kids at his basketball academy. Good on him for already having perspective about how he'd like to raise children whenever he decides to do so.
It is interesting, however, that Bogut currently plays alongside Stephen Curry, an NBA MVP favorite and the seemingly well adjusted son of a former NBA player. Dell Curry and his wife Sonya gave birth to Wardell Stephen Curry II on March 14, 1988 — the penultimate month of Dell's second season in the league. When Dell finally retired in 2002, Steph was 14 years old and well on his way to paving his own career path.
It's possible to successfully raise children around the NBA, but Bogut would rather not, and that's cool, too.
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