After arthroscopic surgery on his left foot in April, Warriors center Andrew Bogut was supposed to be all but a lock for the start of training camp. Then camp came, and Golden State all but assured he would be ready for the season opener.
“I hope it’s realistic,” coach Mark Jackson said.
The Warriors head coach, prior to taking on Sacramento, was talking about Bogut’s chances of playing in one of the last three preseason games. Jackson didn’t sound too optimistic.
The latest goal was to get him into a couple of preseason games as tune-up for the regular season opener on Oct. 31. That hasn’t changed officially, but Jackson said Bogut is “still a ways away.” If he can’t get into a preseason game, it’s a fair guess that the season opener is questionable. One can at least assume even if he does play, he’d be limited – especially a guy who hasn’t played an NBA game since January.
“I think it’s the best thing for him and for us,” Jackson said regarding whether Bogut will play in one of the Warriors’ remaining three preseason games. “But at the same time, the most important plan is to make sure he’s healthy, so we’re not going to do anything to set him back. So we’ll see how it goes.”
Working in the Warriors’ favor is seven straight off days between the last preseason game, Oct. 23 against visiting Phoenix, and the opener.