Warriors’ Andrew Bogut speaks of healing from rib injury, facing ‘excruciating’ pressure, bad luck, Mark Jackson

Warriors center Andrew Bogut returned to his native Australia and gave interviews for the first time since missing the entire first round of the playoffs against the Los Angeles Clippers with a fractured rib.

“I’m four weeks in,” Bogut told the Sunday Footy Show. “Two more weeks, I should be good to get back out there.”

Bogut, who averaged 7.3 points, 10 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game this season and finished 10th in the NBA’s defensive player of the year voting, tweeted last week that he hoped a scan would clear him to resume training.

Bogut, who noted he will enter his 10th NBA season, was asked how long he could continue playing.

“I’ve had some car accident-type injuries, so my body’s taken a beating, so I’ve got three years left on my deal, and I’ll reevaluate at the end of that,” he said. “But the body’s starting to get a few nicks.”

Bogut told The Advertiser he would decide this month if he would play in this summer’s FIBA Basketball World Cup, but that it is “probably unlikely.”

“I’ve had some bad luck,” Bogut added.

“I’d like to get three-four years out of my body injury-free.”

Bogut said he spoke Monday with new coach Steve Kerr and that he and Mark Jackson “got along fine.”

“He has that New York style and there were some rumblings during the season he and management weren’t getting along,” Bogut said.

“At the end of the season, that hit the fan.”

Bogut was asked on the Sunday Footy Show about the pressure he faces playing in the NBA.

“It’s excruciating sometimes, but that’s a part of it,” Bogut said. “That’s why there’s so much money involved — No. 1 the TV rights — there’s a lot going on.

“Now I’ve come to a bigger market in San Francisco and the Bay Area. Milwaukee was a little more kind of relaxing because it wasn’t the No. 1 sport. You had the Packers. And now we’re kind of first fiddle there, so when you’re not performing, you’re going to hear it, especially on Twitter.”

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  • jsl165

    Good stuff.

    Bogs gets his nicks. But he’s both a smart and straight shooter.

    Glad to see Kerr finally reached him Down Under. Hope Kerr has also reached Andre.

  • NCDub

    Right. If he’s healthy next year it’ll be great. If he’s healthy with Love it’ll be tremendous. He’ll no doubt smile a bit more too with a realistic expectation of a ring before he hangs ’em up. Wouldn’t that be loverly?

  • Stan

    Only, he WONT stay healthy. We learned that.