NBA Podcast: Do Warriors Need Andrew Bogut to Make Noise in the Playoffs?

Joel C. Cordes@@bballJoelNBA Associate EditorJanuary 5, 2013

Andrew Bogut has been missing from this picture for a long time.
Andrew Bogut has been missing from this picture for a long time.Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

The Golden State Warriors are still without Andrew Bogut, but they're also a legitimate playoff contender enjoying their best early record in decades.

So do they even need him?

The details surrounding Bogut's bum ankle have turned secretive and sordid this season, though we've recently been fed more hope-flavored Kool-Aid.

Plenty of people are disappointed, but few people are surprised it's turned out this way. Frankly, it would be a surprise if we see Andrew Bogut play this season.

So how does that affect the Warriors' chances in the NBA Playoffs?

On this episode of Basketball by Association, NBA Assistant Editors Ethan Norof and Joel C. Cordes welcome NBA Lead Writer Jonathan Wasserman to gauge just how good the Warriors already are and where they're going without Bogut.

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