Boomers brush off Bogut's China reception

The Boomers say they didn't notice the extra reception star centre Andrew Bogut received as Australia began their basketball World Cup campaign in China with a crucial defeat of Canada.

The former No.1 NBA pick and current NBL MVP did his bit in the side's 108-92 defeat of a plucky Canada, who rallied from 17 points down in the third quarter to lead at the final break.

His impact was hard to miss, given the noise from the Dongguan crowd every time he touched the ball.

A prolific social media user, Bogut hit a nerve when he weighed into the Sun Yang and Mack Horton feud last month, triggering a wave of Chinese critics defending the controversial swimmer.

Bogut tweeted a tongue-in-cheek welcome to his "Chinese fans" before departing for the tournament and they were out in force to greet him on Sunday in Dongguan.

Boomers coach Andrej Lemanis said it wasn't a factor while Chris Goulding said the players felt the same.

"I don't think it affects us at all ... there's just general noise," he said.

"Every game you play, there's passionate fans and, when you play the Lithuanians, they'll have the drums and the noise ... it adds to the atmosphere of the tournament, which is fun.

"I certainly don't think it's a distraction."

There was a healthy dose of vocal Australian supporters in the stadium, something Lemanis said spoke of the side's growing appeal.

"It was special tonight to see the green and gold singlets; it's a reflection of how much basketball has grown in the sporting landscape in Australia and a reflection of the success our guys have had on the world stage," the coach said.

Australia's win puts them in the box seat to progress to the second round, likely needing one more win in games against either Senegal (Tuesday) or Lithuania (Thursday).