April 3, 2010 is a date that all Milwaukee Bucks fans remember vividly, but it is also a day that they would very much like to forget.
Andrew Bogut caught a full court pass from teammate Carlos Delfino and finished a fast break with a two-handed slam.
Bogut was trailed by Phoenix Suns' Amare Stoudemire, who lightly tapped him in the back, causing Bogut to lose his grip of the rim and come crashing to the floor.
Now, I'm not saying that the following events were Stoudemire's fault at all, but he of all people knows that a man going up for a two-fisted slam on a break is very vulnerable in the air, and that the slightest brush can alter everything.
Bogut made the 10-foot drop to the floor, trying to brace his fall with his right hand.
What happened next is what made Milwaukee Bucks fans sick to their stomachs and questioning what will happen now.
It was clearly visible that Bogut dislocated his right elbow, but that was just the tip of the iceberg.
Through surgery, it was noted that Bogut had bone chips in his elbow resulting from the dislocation. He also fractured his radius and ulna bones, broke his right forearm, and broke his right index finger.
The kicker is that Bogut is a right-handed player, even though he has a strong, left-handed hook shot.
Bogut will be in the above cast for about another month, with his rehab scheduled to be at least three to four months, which leaves Bucks fans wondering about the 2010-11 season.
The question now shifts from, when can Bogut make a full recovery to IF he can make a full recovery.
I know Bogut is a very hard worker, but the damage done to his dominant hand and arm is extensive.
I'm a Bucks fan through and through, and already after the first two playoff games against the Atlanta Hawks with loses, I wonder if Milwaukee has a plan if Bogut's timetable is pushed back for any extent of time.
Right now, Kurt Thomas is old and very much in his last season in the league and Dan Gadzuric has never, and will never live up to six-year/$36 million contract. Ersan Ilyasova is a shooter and not a post defender at 6'10".
Regardless of whether or not Bogut makes a speedy recovery, or a slightly on-time recovery, Milwaukee is now aware that they need an insurance policy on the big man, who was finally starting to play like the guy they thought they drafted in 2005.
Even if Bogut returns next year, I doubt he'll ever be back to 100 percent.
As much as it pains him to just sit and watch for the next five months, Bogut must find a way to stay positive, because once an athlete thinks that a return is questionable, it's all over.
Bogut is positive that he will be back in time for the end of camp, and it's that thinking that has the Bucks believing that they'll get their big man back to full form.
Full recovery or not, here are some guys that Milwaukee should put on their radar during the June draft, just in case something else were to happen.
PF-Patrick Patterson, 6'8", 245, Kentucky, 21: He may not be a center, but Patterson would provide a big body to fill some space in the paint.
C-Donatas Montiejunas, 7'0", 220, Lithuania, 20: He's lacking the bulk right now, but maybe he'll hit the weight room in the summer, knowing it could be his achilles heel in the draft.
PF-Epka Udoh, 6'10", 240, Baylor, 22: He's big, quick and long. Again, not a center in college, but could be in the NBA. He has a certain presence when in the paint.
C-Cole Aldrich, 6'11", 245, Kansas, 21: He might not be there when the Bucks pick around No. 17 (or slightly higher with the completion of trade with Chicago), but guys have slipped before.
C-Hassan Whiteside, 6'11", 225, Marshall, 20: Has only played his freshman year in college, but is another quick, tall center. Like Montiejunas, he needs to hit the weight room to begin to make a name for himself.
Regardless of how this article came across, I do hope Bogut can work his ass off and actually be ready for the 2010-11 season. The Bucks need their big man back.
For those of you with a strong stomach, here's exactly what happened. Jim Pachske and Jon McGlockin (announcers) reactions have echoed throughout the city.
Get healthy Andrew ... and quick.
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