There was some talk in the organization that center Andrew Bogut – still recovering from a fractured left ankle – would make his Warriors debut closer to the end of the season. But Bogut, acquired from Milwaukee on March 15, all but ruled out that option.
Perhaps just as big a blow, Bogut sounds pessimistic about his chances of representing Australia in the 2012 Summer Games in London.
BOGUT: “I’m 99 percent sure I’m done for the season. Olympics are hinging on my health.”
No doubt, the Warriors love to trot Bogut out there a few times. Many Warriors fans have been vocal about their disapproval of the trade, which sent guard Monta Ellis and up-and-coming big man Ekpe Udoh to Milwaukee. If Bogut can come in, even late in the season, and give the fan base a preview it may prevent Golden State from enduring an offseason worth of criticism and skepticism.
But, as Bogut pointed out in an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle, there is risk involved.
BOGUT: “The most important thing is to get the bone right. If I come back at 99 percent, and the bone is unsettled, and something shards off, I’m in big trouble.”