Warriors face future bleak with Andrew Bogut limited from ankle surgery
"I'm being pushed and pulled from all angles. My agent, the doctors and trainers here, they want me playing (at full health) in February and March and April,” said Andrew Bogut, “because if I try to do something stupid now, I could have a setback.”
The Golden State Warriors are already missing key players such as Stephen Curry who’s been plagued by recurring ankle issues since early in his career, and Brandon Rush, who’s indefinitely out with a left knee injury. Andrew Bogut was expected to soon return to burden the load after the Golden State Warriors acquired him in a trade with the Milwaukee Bucks during March. However, Andrew Bogut has been onto a slow disappointing start.
The 27-year-old Andrew Bogut had his minutes reduced (to just 20) as per doctor’s orders ever since the late April ankle surgery. The Golden State Warriors’ main focus has been maintaining the health of their star attraction. The club doesn’t seem pressed on to reintroduce Andrew Bogut early in the game with the hopes of preserving their playoffs contending spot from the Western Conference.
However, rehabbing from the ankle surgery has been testing phase for Andrew Bogut, who’d like to see his minutes and production increase.
“Just yesterday, I spoke to him (the doctor) and tried to get my minutes extended to 24 minutes for the next couple games,” said Andrew Bogut, “and he wasn't having any of it. I understand their point of view, but obviously it's frustrating.”
Andrew Bogut logged 18 minutes in the Golden State Warriors’ 87-85 win over the Phoenix Suns in their season-opener. The former 1st overall pick of the 2005 drafts had just eight points and six rebounds in the game. In the Golden State Warrior’s 94-104 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies, Andrew Bogut contributed only four points and three rebounds while playing 18 minutes on court. It’s easy to see where the frustration comes from.
“I'm a rhythm player, so I find it hard to play in four or five minute bursts because I'm not used to doing that,” said Andrew Bogut. “(But) I have to figure it out, how to affect the game as much as I can in the four or five minute bursts that I'm out there for the next month.”
"Outside looking in, it's better for me long-term,” added Andrew Bogut, “but personally it's mentally tough and mentally draining to be set to an amount of minutes."
Although a promising player, Andrew Bogut was plagued by unfortunate injuries late in the 2009-2010 season after he averaged 15.9 points, 10.1 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game. First Andrew Bogut injured right arm on a missed dunk in early April, which had him sidelined throughout the playoffs. Then in January last season, Andrew Bogut fractured his left ankle, which ultimately needed surgery in late April.
Since, Andrew Bogut has claimed that the surgery was “more in-depth” than what was believed earlier and the doctor prefers his course of action.
"I've got to be patient with it, but it's tough,” said Andrew Bogut. “I've got to stay the course and stay positive.”