So the Golden State Warriors’ Andrew Bogut is not returning to practice this week. The Warriors have been repeatedly optimistic about Bogut’s return but were let down each time.
The Warriors said that Bogut had arthroscopic ankle surgery on April so it wasn’t supposed to be anything major. But in reality, Bogut had a different kind of surgery.
Via the San Francisco Chronicle:
The 7-footer said he had microfracture surgery, a much more serious procedure, and there’s still way too much swelling to engage in strenuous activity. Playing in Saturday’s game against Indiana, he says, is absolutely out of the question.
“It’s frustrating,” said Bogut, who addressed the media Tuesday after missing consecutive practices in which the team had said he was likely to participate. “People look at you and think, ‘Why are you still hurting? It’s just an ankle.’ That’s the feeling I get sometimes. … You feel like you’re letting down the team, the fans and the organization.”
Yikes. That doesn’t sound good.
Microfracture surgery usually takes players out for a year and usually the player doesn’t fully recover for longer than that. The doctors, however, said that the procedure was “minor” and that they stand by their original prognosis (six-month rehab).
Andrew Bogut mentioned that he won’t play until he feels 100 percent. When would that be? Who knows? It’s definitely not this weekend. So the Warriors will have to be patient with Bogut’s recovery.
At least, the Warriors are tied atop the Pacific Division with the Los Angeles Clippers at 8-6. So there’s no real need for Bogut to rush back. Festus Ezeli, in the meantime, has been starting in Bogut’s place.
Andrew Bogut is averaging 6.0 points and 3.8 rebounds in four games this season. He was traded to Golden State last season as part of the deal for Monta Ellis.