Yes, I’m supposed to be off.
Yes, we’re supposed to be talking about the Warriors’ 8-6 start, leading the Pacific Division this late in the season for the first time since 2005. We should be talking about how Harrison Barnes will eventually be the Mayor of Oakland and how Mark Jackson has the Warriors top 5 in rebounding and playing tough. Instead, we’re talking about Andrew Bogut’s ankle.
The Warriors had better learn quickly that Warriors center Andrew Bogut is not the best at biting his tongue. This all started with a conscious decision to withhold information about his injury. And it has led to a scandal on the verge of forcing the Warriors to hire Olivia Pope.
This could have been prevented by simply giving the goods up front, especially if the doctor is adamant about how long the recovery will take and not rushing Bogut back. Certainly, it’s on Bogut for doing too much. But it’s hard to believe he received wise council. Even if the Warriors weren’t pressuring him to play, it seems they certainly weren’t advising him on the BEST way to handle the bad news he received on his ankle.
Here is the transcript from their interview today, provided by Carl Steward.
Reading the varying reports of the situation with Andrew’s ankle, wondering if you are square on it?MYERS: We’re square, and I hope he feels the same way. I think he does. We’ve always been square, and I would be concerned if that wasn’t the case. I think one thing I do have some pulse of having represented players – and with Andrew – we’ve always had open dialogue and always will. I feel very good about our communication internally, and I think that always has been on a good level and will continue to be.
As to a question of when he’ll play, he’ll play when he’s ready. That answer’s going to have to suffice. I think beyond that everything is speculation.
BOGUT: As far as the reports, there was never any pressure from the organization. The pressure was from was me, myself. After the big trade, I wanted to be out there to help my my team and play basketball games, so the pressure never came from anybody – Bob or coach or the owners. It was pressure strictly put on me by myself. Did I maybe rush back a little bit? Maybe. But I needed to test it out to see how it responded in an NBA environment, and obviously it didn’t respond well. So we’re not going to set any more timelines. Right now, when it’s ready, it’s ready.
MYERS: I would add that we’re extremely pleased how Andrew has approached the recovery. Having been around NBA players for a long time, he is at the highest level of professionalism. He is always on time doing everything we’ve asked of him. And he wants to play. Anybody that loves to do anything gets frustrated when they can’t do it. But we’re thrilled with how he’s approaching it. Clearly, the frustration is that everybody wants him to play, but as far as what we can control, he’s doing everything in his power to do that. So as an organization, we’re 100 percent behind, always have been, always will be. We can’t wait to have him back.
Warriors have a history of not being truthful about their injuries. What did the team game by not telling the whole story of Andrew’s surgery?
MYERS: On any injury that occurs, I don’t think there’s any attempt at deception or omission. We convey it how we think is appropriate as long as we’re on the same page with the athlete. I like to think that we are transparent and that we always will be and try to do a good job informing the media. Any time somebody wants to look back and see how something was conveyed, you can potentially find fault, but I think you have to trust me, Andrew and trust the organization that we’re trying to do things the right way and be honest. In this situation with Andrew, there’s never beeen any intention to mislead. That serves no purpose for us.
In both your minds, how much did the microfracture surgery change the dynamic of the rehab and recovery time?
MYERS: To address that component of it, I think the overall procedure, the focus wasn’t that, on the procedure. And the recovery time, we always knew – and this goes back to being on the same page – this was something that would allow him to maybe be ready to go for camp, which was close. He practiced a couple times, wasn’t far off what we thought it would be, and then attempted to play. It went really good the first couple games he played, he felt good. We felt good.
MYERS: Like anything, in any sport, you don’t know how your body is going to respond, and his body said it’s not ready to go. That’s OK, and now we’re in a position to where we’re going to wait until it is. So from an internal standpoint, we knew this was going to be a process. There were a lot of components to the injury he suffered that made it be a situation where it may take a little time, but I don’t think that element of it, knowing it from the get-go, changed any of our expectations and don’t for that matter change them today as to how we approached it from the outset.
BOGUT: As far as the surgery went, it was a situation where I was going in for microfracture or anything like that, but the doctor did mention if he did see something in there while I was under the knife he was going to make a second decision. He was leaning more that he wasn’t going to do that, there was a very rare chance. But while I was under, it would be a good idea to get it clean and get it right, because otherwise at some point down the track of my career, I would have to get it done. So we did it all in one swoop and that’s obviously what set me back as far as the timeline. It’s just one of those things.
Did that additional procedure extended your recovery period?
BOGUT: Of course it did, yeah. Without that procedure, I’m at eight weeks. That’s July. But this procedure is obviously much more detailed and in-depth.
What made you finally say you had the procedure?
BOGUT: Obviously, we don’t want to fool anybody and I don’t want to fool anybody. I want to keep creating a little excitement that hey, Andrew’s maybe playing Saturday. I’d just had enough. It just takes a toll on me and the organization. There was no pressure from inside the organization. But it just to a point where we spoke this morning and I just said make it an indefinite leave until I’m ready.
Are you concerned this may impact your entire season?
BOGUT: Not right now, the season’s 5-6 months before the playoffs, which we have a great chance of making. I don’t think it’s going to be 5-6 months. I hope it won’t be. It would be a massive setback if it was. I’m not going to say a month or two months or three months, but I definitely think I’ll be back.