Warriors say Andrew Bogut 'completely recovered'; expected to be ready for training camp

Aug 19, 4:32 PM

Good news, Golden State Warriors fans. The front office says oft-injured center Andrew Bogut is 'completely recovered.'

The news comes via CSN Bay Area's Monte Poole, who also notes that Bogut should be ready for training camp.

Due to an assortment of maladies (pelvis, hip) Bogut was limited to just 67 games during the regular season, as well as the Warriors' first-round playoff series. His rib injury also barred him from appearing in the upcoming FIBA World Cup.

Bogut's importance to the Warriors can't be understated. When healthy, Bogut is an elite rim-protector, limiting opponents to just 45 per cent shooting at the rim, a mark topping that of Joakim Noah's. He also posted the fifth-highest defensive real plus-minus figure in the league last season, and chipped in with per-game averages of 7.3 points, 10 rebounds and 1.8 blocks.

More of note, Bogut is the only starting caliber center on the Warriors' roster and is owed in excess of $11 million each of the next two seasons. If the Warriors have any chance of making a run in the murderers row that is the Western Conference, they'll need Bogut to be healthy.

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June 17, 10:17 AM

Andrew Bogut's ribs not fully healed, will miss FIBA World Cup

June 17, 10:17 AM

Australia will be without one of its top players when it attempts to emerge from Group D at the FIBA Basketball World Cup in Barcelona in late August.

After fracturing a rib late in the NBA season, Golden State Warriors center Andrew Bogut missed the team's entire first round playoff series against the Los Angeles Clippers. More than a month later, and with the NBA playoffs complete, Bogut still isn't fully recovered.

“It’s a tough one for me,” Bogut told The Daily Telegraph on Monday. He continued:

I could play but it would jeopardise my main goal which is playing in the Olympics (Brazil). Unfortunately to get there I have to give something up and it will be the worlds this year. My rib is not 100 per cent and I’m still not back into full training. I can’t see myself playing through the Worlds and a full NBA season.

It's a bit strange to hear Bogut saying he'll miss the World Cup for the purposes of being ready for the Olympics rather than, you know, the NBA season, where the Warriors will pay him just shy of $13 million for his services. it's possible they wouldn't have been okay with him playing in the tournament regardless, given his health.

This past season, the somewhat injury-riddled Bogut managed 67 games, averaging 7.3 points, 10 rebounds and 1.8 blocks while shooting 62.7 percent from the floor and providing excellent defense. In his nine-year career, he's appeared in just 507 of a possible 722 games (just 79 percent), so the Warriors would have good reason to monitor his progress closely.

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Apr 16, 8:21 AM

Warriors' Andrew Bogut doesn't sound optimistic about return date

Apr 16, 8:21 AM

Andrew Bogut is not being soft. 

Playing through a rib fracture is legitimately health-threatening, introducing the possibility of puncturing a lung. Nevermind that a player is likely to be easily winded and suffer through pain and discomfort performing even the most basic basketball maneuvers, it simply makes no sense to ask a player to risk playing through it.

And so, it's hardly surprising to hear the Golden State Warriors speak in somber tones about Bogut's current injury and lack of timeline for a return.

"I've got to be careful, because if it cracks I'm looking at a punctured lung. You'll see me in the hospital with a tube coming out of me," Bogut said. "It's one of those things people have played through, but this is too close to comfort for me."

Bogut fully cracked a rib in the past and said that this injury is not quite as bad, but even then a cracked rib generally takes about six weeks to heal.

"It certainly does not make us a better basketball team," head coach Mark Jackson said.

Bogut's absence would have an obvious impact on the Dubs in the playoffs, and it's unlikely they'll be able to work around it enough to topple the Clippers or Thunder in the first round. With Bogut, an elite back-end defender and the spine of an impressive defensive unit, sure, an upset is possible. Without him, they need to hope Steph Curry gets hotter than even Steph Curry has gotten before.

Apr 14, 9:04 PM

Warriors' Andrew Bogut sidelined indefinitely with rib fracture

Apr 14, 9:04 PM

Andrew Bogut's regular season is over after the Golden State Warriors announced he suffered a rib fracture during Sunday's game.

The injury will keep Bogut out of the Warriors' final two regular-season contests and could also sideline him for the start of the playoffs. He has been hindered recently by an injury to his pelvis, but played at least 23 minutes in each of Golden State's last four contests.

Apr 14, 8:00 AM

Andrew Bogut left Sunday's game with rib injury, team hasn't released X-ray results

Apr 14, 8:00 AM

In just his fourth game back after a brief absence due to a pelvis injury, Golden State Warriors center Andrew Bogut may find himself back on the shelf.

The Australian center left the Warriors' overtime loss to Portland on Sunday in the fourth quarter after getting hit in the ribs, and he did not return. Bogut was reportedly uncomfortable for most of the second half and was spotted stretching out his core on the baseline.

Following the game, the team declined to reveal the results of Bogut's X-ray, something they will probably do on Monday.

"That'll play itself out," said Warriors head coach Mark Jackson. "Obviously, he's huge for us."

In 67 games this season, Bogut is averaging 7.3 points, 10 rebounds and 1.8 blocks and is a fringe contender for the NBA's Defensive Player of the Year award. The Warriors outscore opponents by 8.7 points per 100 possessions with Bogut on the floor, a number that shrinks to just two points without him.

Should Bogut miss time, it's likely that veteran Jermaine O'Neal would get the starting nod to begin the playoffs. O'Neal started 12 games earlier in the season with Bogut sidelined and is averaging 7.9 points and 5.5 rebounds on the year.