Boooooo-mers! Why Chinese Fans Rained Hate On Aussie Andrew Bogut
The Australian Boomers beat Canada in their opening match of the Basketball World Cup in China.
But the result of the see-sawing game -- which finished 108-92 Australia's way after Canada led early in the fourth quarter -- is not what most people will remember.
Rather, it will be the sound of the game, which you can hear in the video at the top of this story.
Andrew Bogut -- the 34-year-old, NBA title-winning, 213cm Aussie giant -- was relentlessly booed and jeered by Chinese fans throughout the game.
There was some confusion among commentators at the time as to why it was happening.
But it almost certainly went back to a comment Bogut tweeted during July's World Swimming Championships when he supported Aussie swimmer Mack Horton's podium protest against drug-tainted Chinese swimmer Sun Yang,
Bogut -- who was named Most Valuable Player in the NBL this year before heading over for another NBA stint -- is well known for being provocative on social media.
His "break the podium with hammers" comment was a clear reference to the fact that vials of Sun Yang's blood were smashed by a hammer after a drug test earlier this year, yet Sun was controversially still allowed to compete at the World Championships before his case heads to the Court of Arbitration for sport later this year.
"I don’t think it affects us at all," Boomers coach Andrej Lemanis said at the press conference after the match.
"Every game you play, there’s passionate fans."
For the Boomers, Matthew "Delly" Dellavedova starred, top-scoring with 24 points. Joe Ingles also played well, doing all the little things right and finishing with 10 assists.
The Boomers -- who are currently ranked 11th in the world -- next play 37th ranked Senegal before a tougher final pool game against 6th-ranked Lithuania.
The Aussies beat the Lithuanians comfortably at the Rio Olympics, but have struggled against them many times in the past.