Andrew Bogut Injury: Updates on Warriors Star's Back, Likely Return Date
Lakers.com's Mike Trudell noted that the injury happened just two minutes into the exhibition contest, which is taking place in Beijing, China.
Andrew Bogut left 2 min. into the game, and is out for the rest of the night w/a lower back strain.— Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) October 18, 2013
From San Francisco Chronicle reporter Rusty Simmons:
Andrew Bogut appears to be moving free and easy during pregame warmups. He just threw down a reverse dunk for the fans' viewing pleasure.— Rusty Simmons (@Rusty_SFChron) October 24, 2013
From blog Let's Go Warriors:
Mark Jackson says "no concern" with Bogut, said Bogut waved him off, wanted to come back in.— LetsGoWarriors (@LetsGoWarriors) October 18, 2013
The injury is concerning, as Bogut has a long and troubling history with various ailments during his eight seasons in the NBA. The 28-year-old only played in 82 games once during his career—back in his rookie season with the Milwaukee Bucks.
Bogut, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2005 draft, suffered his first season-ending injury during the 2008-09 campaign. He struggled with pain in his back and eventually succumbed to an incomplete stress fracture in his lower back.
He’s also missed significant chunks of action with a dislocated elbow, broken right hand and sprained wrist, plus underwent microfracture surgery on his ankle back in April 2012.
Bogut participated in just 32 regular-season games during the 2012-13 campaign—his first with the Warriors—as he recovered from the procedure, but returned in time to start all 12 postseason contests.
He averaged 7.2 points, 10.9 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.5 blocks during that span for a Golden State team that pushed the San Antonio Spurs to six games in the Western Conference Semifinals.
It’s clear that Bogut is instrumental in the Dubs chances of making a serious playoff run, and his health will be a large factor in whether or not the club succeeds this coming spring.
Hopefully this latest injury isn’t a serious one and the seven-foot Australian can return to the court in short order.
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