Andrew Bogut is being counted on to get the Golden State Warriors into the playoffs.
That’s going to be difficult if he is hurt all the time. With his injury history it is easy to worry that he won’t be able to help the Warriors reach the postseason. However, if Bogut is not worried about being healthy, why should anyone else?
In an article by Rusty Simmons (via SFGate.com) Bogut stated:
"Anyone can go on Google, research my past two injuries and realize that they're not chronic. I do the right things in the offseason. These are just freak occurrences. These aren't issues of being overweight or being out of condition."
Fair enough. So I decided to Google his injuries and this is what I found thanks to Rotoworld.com.
He is right.
Before playing in all 82 games his rookie year, Bogut has missed parts of every season since. Here are the highlights of his injury history:
In November 2005, Bogut suffered a broken nose courtesy of Allen Iverson and played through it. That tells us he can tough out an injury.
Toward the end of his sophomore season in March 2007, Bogut jumped and landed on Kwame Brown’s foot. He twisted his ankle and was forced to miss the rest of the season. If landing on opponent’s feet is going to get anyone worried, then Bogut should just stop playing basketball.
In March 2008, Bogut suffered another broken nose. This time from the man selected right after him in the 2005 NBA draft, Marvin Williams. He needed surgery and missed just one game.
The Warriors should just put one of the Rip Hamilton masks on him to start the season thus avoiding any more broken noses.
Bogut missed various games with bumps and bruises to start the 2008-2009 season before suffering a stress fracture in his lower back in February. He never returned that season.
In the same article by Simmons, Bogut said this about that injury:
“What I would say is I've only had one injury in my NBA career that was probably because my core wasn't strong enough, when I had a stress fracture in my back.”
OK, so we are at one injury due to poor conditioning. Just one, but now we know not to worry because he nor the Warriors would trot him out on the court out of shape.
The following 2009-2010 season Bogut missed six games in November with a lower leg contusion he suffered diving for a loose ball. He ended up playing in 69 games that season before breaking his arm on one of the most horrific falls in NBA history. If you can stomach it, here it is. (The best part about that clip is the announcer yells out, "His wrist!")
It was a fluke injury. As for diving for loose balls, let the young guys pining for playing time dive for loose balls. Not seven-foot centers.
Coming back from arm surgery, Bogut played in 65 games in the 2010-2011 season. He would miss a handful of games that season, the result of falling and hurting his back in November of that year (again with the falling). Then, he strained his rib cage February 2011, forcing him to miss one week. He then missed one more game with a migraine and the final four games of the campaign with a sore elbow.
There in lies the only true concern Warriors fans should have—that Bogut misses a few games with bumps and bruises, as opposed to missing extended time with a significant injury like last season.
After playing in 12 games, Bogut landed on Samuel Dalembert’s foot fracturing his ankle.
So there you have it. He has suffered from falling and falling awkwardly. Nothing really to fret about as most of his injuries have been fluky occurrences, something which he himself has acknowledged:
“The reality is I have been hurt, so I need to try and, I don't know, maybe see a witch doctor in the offseason to get that bug away from me." (via Erick Schmoldt and Deadspin.com)
If that’s the extent of his concern, then expecting a lot of games from him this season may not be that unreasonable. It sounds like as long as he makes a full recovery, Bogut is ready to put the injuries behind him.
The Warriors do need to be cautious and wait until he does make a full recovery from his surgically repaired ankle. If Bogut is at full strength when he comes back to the court, he should be fine.
Van Wilder once stated:
“Worrying is like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but it doesn't get you anywhere.”
Truer words have never been spoken.
While that’s tough to do, it’s the approach everyone should take regarding Bogut this season.