Warriors Being Extra Cautious with Andrew Bogut

Warriors fans have been worried about center Andew Bogut’s recovery for some time now. With reason, too. Unlike with point guard Stephen Curry, who seemed to hit every projected timeline, Bogut’s injury seems to be a bit on the hush. That has to be unnerving for a fan base who has been sold on Bogut being worth giving up a star and enduring last year’s losing.

Sure, he had surgery in April in part to ensure he’d be ready for camp. Yes, his status changed from to going slow in camp and making sure he’s ready for the regular season. And now, all the plans and expectations seem to be hopes and ideals. The reality is this: Bogut won’t play until he’s healthy. No one knows exactly when that is because it’s largely based on how Bogut feels. And until he says “I feel spectacular, no issues,” they’re probably going to keep the reins on him. The Warriors are going to be cautious about because he is 7-foot (which means his foot injuries are more delicate) and it’s a long season (which means rushing him back prematurely isn’t quite necessary).

Monday’s examination with Richard Ferkel, the doctor who performed Bogut’s arthroscopic surgery in April, was scheduled and not the result of some set back. He could get the green light (and sometimes, when he’s working on the side, he looks like he’s not limited at all) on Monday or he could be told he’s making progress but he needs more time. But it couldn’t have been schedule too long ago as this visit seems to exclude Bogut from playing a preseason game. The Warriors had hopes he would play at least one or two so he wouldn’t have to jump into the regular season cold turkey after having not played since January.

Bogut hasn’t been cleared to practice, which means he will have to do his usual work on the side for today’s practice as well as Saturday and Sunday in Los Angeles. Mark Jackson’s rule is you can’t play unless you can practice. After Sunday, the Warriors play a Monday-Tuesday back-to-back and then the preseason’s over. Bogut could be an exception to the rule, get a few minutes Monday if the exam goes well, and a few more minutes Tuesday against Phoenix in the preseason. But that means he’ll have to be 100 percent. Warriors officials are saying they don’t see any sense in running him out there for a preseason game and risking re-injury. The regular season may be a different story, but the preseason just isn’t worth it to them.

If Bogut is cleared on Monday, and he’s held out of the preseason games, he will have seven days to get to as close to game shape as possible. But if somehow he isn’t ready, don’t be surprised if the Warriors hold him out of the opener, too. GM Bob Myers, coach Mark Jackson, their M.O. is to be cautious and to look at the big picture. Curry can attest to that.

It won’t sound good to say to a fan base clamoring to see Bogut play, but he won’t get out there until he’s ready. No pain. No swelling. No limited mobility. They want to make sure this thing is behind him. That might be Oct. 31. Or it might not be.

Marcus Thompson

  • J Canseco

    It’s cool, they have Biedrins.


  • YouTired

    Welcome to the Warriors, Mr. Ezeli. Of the two veteran centers who should be ahead of you on the depth chart, one is medically non-functional and the other is mentally dis-functional. No pressure.

  • ET

    in small ball the warriors trust. gonna see a lot of landry and lee together on the floor.

  • Nigel Tufnel

    “a fan base who has been sold on Bogut being worth giving up a star”

    …if you consider Monta Ellis a “star”. I don’t. Good player, but too flawed to be a star.

  • ramg529

    sentiments exactly nigel: monta was/is FAR from a star. but the bogut situation is making me anxious nonetheless…

  • lostprairierick

    I think the W’s are handling this situation just right. Ezeli is ready for the next challenge: regular-season NBA action. Both Lee and Biedrins have played a lot of NBA center minutes, so are serviceable. Landry may be limited, but he can score inside and is a fairly savvy veteran. And a few minutes up front for Tyler and even Draymond Green would provide them experience and provide a clearer idea about what more they may have to offer in the future.

    The best possible scenario could be for the W’s to get off to a solid start with Bogut in street clothes, then let him show up, healthy, and kick things up a notch.

  • Grey Warden

    Just great, Curry rolled his ankle today against the Blazers, with a little help from Wesley Matthews. Doesn’t look super bad, but his ankles are super weak to begin with…

  • Dave

    Previously I said Curry had to pass more and stay healthy or it was over. I was questioned as to why it would be over. Now you see why. I like him, but he can’t stay on the court! David Lee had a nice game. 24 points and the w.

  • Derek

    Monta is/was a star especially compared to Bogus. When and what has Bogus ever won. The guy averages 35 games a year for his entire career. He wasn’t even rated a top 10 center by the experts. Monta was basically traded for nothing. Very few if any GM in the league would have acquired so little for Monta Ellis. Bogus is a broken down stiff being sold as a franchise player when in FACT he never made Milwaukee anything but sorry.

  • Dan

    could this already be “Just wait til next year”?

  • Harp’s Dubs

    Derek, how do you define “star”? Monta has never even been considered for all-NBA anything honors, except 6th man and comeback player. Bogut has been 2nd team all-defense and all-NBA 3rd team. Monta? Nothing remotely close. Which experts didn’t rank him in the top 10? Whatever it is you’re smoking, pass it my way, homey. Reagardless, his injuries do make me nervous, but I’m glad I don’t have to deal with Monta as the face our franchise.

  • Ewok

    I remember when Chris Webber got drafted by the team, i was so ecstatic because his presence combined with Tim Hardaway would be an awesome duo. It never materialized….

    With Bogut still a big question mark, and Stephen Curry still tweaking his ankle, I have to wonder, Is History repeating again? Or is this the Warriors just being the Warriors?

  • Black-White Kidd

    Derek, Andrew Bogut was selected with the first overall pick. He’s averaged one rebound per 2-3 minutes per each GP and His biggest asset isn’t a statistic. He’s a TEAM player. Monta? Yeah, not so much. Fact is that the W’s have the pieces if they can focus on being a TEAM. They have the “star” power to make things work in Curry, Lee, Bogut and hopefully Barnes or Green. If Klay Thompson can step up his game, this conversation would prove meaningless come May of 2013.

  • Derek

    Bogus has average 35 games a yr for his entirer career. He was once a THIRD team all NBA player.

    He’s dealt with debilitating back pain, a bone bruise in his knee, an assortment of strains and sprains and a broken wrist. Oh yeah I forgot to mention migraines come, the agony is unbearable.

    The dude is 7 feet tall and can hide behind his medical file. He’s been through more rehab than Dr. Phil, has had more X-rays than your average NFL team’s 53-man roster, has seen more hospital rooms than Gregory House. He’s also getting older and more brittle, much slower to recover.

  • Derek

    Oh yeah sheep; Ellis plays EVERY night, huge minutes and plays through injuries. Bogus sits and rarely plays. At this point Biedrens has more value than Bogus. The guy has given the tean ZERO since was traded and how long he can hold up is SUPER questionable. The same applies to Curry and his suspect durability. Champions are built around broken down lames with potential.

    Winners; Kobe,Lebron, Durant, Dirk ect play nightly !