Aussie Bogut set to start NBA season
Golden State Warriors’ centre Andrew Bogut fully expects to be in the line-up for the season-opener on October 31 at Phoenix after undergoing surgery this year on his troublesome ankle.
How much the Australian plays during the exhibition schedule, he’s still not sure. Bogut believes he will be nearly full strength by the start of a training camp on October 3, but might still be limited during the pre-season as a precaution.
“I definitely want to be ready for training camp. I think it will be close,” Bogut said on Sunday before heading to a Monday morning workout in Australia.
“The immediate goal with all of this is to make sure I’m ready for the first game. Whether that means playing only half the pre-season games, it’s just about being smart with my ankle.
“There’s no point in trying to get ready for October 1 when an extra week could significantly help. It’s just a matter of monitoring it very smartly and not doing anything stupid.”
Last week, he began light jogging on a treadmill as part of his recovery – and plans to do more this week at a higher intensity.
Bogut underwent surgery on his fractured ankle on April 27 to clean out loose particles and bone spurs.
The 2005 No.1 overall is yet to play for the Warriors since being acquired in a trade from Milwaukee on March 13 that sent Monta Ellis to the Bucks.
Bogut broke his ankle on January 25 when he landed awkwardly against Houston and missed the rest of the season. That was another injury to plague Bogut during his career. He missed the end of 2009-10 when he dislocated his right elbow, sprained his right wrist and broke his right hand in a hard fall to the floor. The injury bothered him for much of last season.
Bogut, averaging 12.7 points, 9.3 rebounds and 1.6 blocked shots for his career, also missed significant time with an injured lower back in 2008-09.
He is eager for a fresh start with the Warriors.
“The last couple of years I’ve had some previous injuries,” Bogut said. “This is a big season.”
He also was sad to sit out the London Olympics – which would have been his third Games with Australia.
“Yeah, very tough,” he said. “I watched the opening ceremony and was kind of thinking, what if and what could have been? It’s been quite a frustrating last six months for me. It’s been a long, long process of rehab and surgeries.
“I’ve tried to stay positive throughout it. I couldn’t really control what happened.”
Bogut will be back in California in a couple of weeks, first stopping in Los Angeles for a doctor’s appointment before joining his teammates to get to work.© AP 2013