Andrew Bogut is one of the best, if not most underrated, defensive centers in the NBA today. The only problem is that he has to actually be in the game to make a difference, and that's why the postseason hopes of the Golden State Warriors might be in jeopardy.
Mark Spears of Yahoo! tweeted today,
RT @rusty_sfchron: Andrew Bogut to be shut down next 7-10 days, according to Coach Jackson.— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) November 8, 2012
Bogut just has an issue with injuries, and this time it's "seven to 10 days," but what about next time or the time after that?
Bogut wants to pretend he's not injury prone. According to Rusty Simmons of SFGate.com he complains,
The most frustrating thing is people on the outside looking in and saying, "Oh, he's injury-prone," Bogut said. That's a stigma I have and one I'll deal with. I guess I need to go see a witch doctor, or something.
It's a stigma for a reason, though. Because it's true.
We're talking about a player who has been on and off the court for almost his entire career. The only time he's played 82 games was in his rookie season.
Here is a brief rundown of Bogut's injury history. (Play a game and see if you can hold your breath long enough to read through them all).
In a game on March 17, 2007, Bogut twisted his ankle landing on Kwame Brown's foot. He missed the final 16 games of the season.
In the 2007-08 season he wasn't so bad. He missed four games in all, mostly due to a broke nose.
In the 2008-09 season he had a series of injuries. First he missed three games in November due to a bruised knee. Then he missed five games due to back spasms in the beginning of January. After returning for two games, he suffered a stress fracture and missed the remainder of the year.
In all, he missed another 46 games.
In the 2009-10 season he almost made it to Thanksgiving before he got hurt. He missed six games due to a leg contusion. Then he managed to play 59 consecutive games without getting hurt! The 60th game was the unlucky charm, though.
Here's what happened. If you're eating stop before hitting play. Needless to say, that ousted him for the rest of the season. He missed 13 games.
In the 2010-11 season, Bogut first missed a game on November 5 because of a migraine. He missed a series of five games from November 24 to December 1 due to back spasms. He missed a game on January 8 because of an "energy sapping virus."
He missed two games on February 2-3 due to a bruised knee. He missed three games with a strained muscle near his rib at the beginning March. On March 16, he missed another game due to a migraine headache.
He missed the last four games with a sore elbow. In all, he missed 17 games.
Finally, (soon you can breathe again) we come to last season. He made it through the first four games of the season before he missed due to undisclosed personal reasons, which kept him out for five games. He came back for two games, then missed one because of failing a concussion test. He came back for six games before suffering the ankle injury which he is still healing form.
He missed 54 games last year.
That's 153 games he's missed over the last five years of the 394 his teams have played, or about 39 percent of his teams' games over the last five seasons resulting from 14 injuries, ailments and personal issues.
Warriors fans might want to believe that this steady stream of injuries is going to end, but it's highly unlikely. The only thing as consistent as his ability to defend is his ability to get hurt. The Warriors are doing an admirable job of changing their identity, but it is going to be hindered by Bogut's inability to stay on the court.