Two big-time Australian basketball players are finding hoops for the backyard of a nine-year-old boy from Sydney’s south-west, who has had to play the sport with his imagination since police requested the hoops from his local park be removed during lockdown. The Herald met Omar Kahil, an only child who lives in Greenacre, earlier this week at his local park following reports the council had removed its basketball hoops in an attempt to limit people gathering during the outbreak. His story caught the attention of two Australian NBA championship players: Andrew Bogut, who spent most of his career in the United States, and Matthew Dellavedova, who now plays for Melbourne United and won bronze with the Boomers in Tokyo.
Bogut, who played for the Milwaukee Bucks and Golden State Warriors, told the Herald he and Dellavedova, who played for the Cleveland Cavaliers, were joining forces to contact the Kahil family after reading of Omar’s plight. “I get we’re in a pandemic but a young child shooting the ball in a park, to have that happen where the hoop is taken away, it’s just ridiculous,” said Bogut, who most recently held commentary duties for the Tokyo Olympics. “We can’t condone this for kids, it’s just not right.”Credit:James Brickwood