Milwaukee Bucks: Why Andrew Bogut Not Playing in Australia Is a Good Thing

Rob SchimkeContributor IIIOctober 7, 2011

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 01:  Andrew Bogut NBA player attends the North Melbourne AFL Grand Final Breakfast at Etihad Stadium on October 1, 2011 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Robert Prezioso/Getty Images)
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Andrew Bogut will not being playing basketball in his native country this season, regardless of how long the lockout lasts.

This is the report coming from ESPN's Marc Stein.

Andrew Bogut had been hoping to join the Sydney Kings this week as their season tips off. But due to an inability to secure insurance policy for Bogut's contract with the Bucks, he is not being allowed to play.

Under normal circumstances, franchises and their fan bases would want their 26 year old big man to continue to improve his game on the court. They would want him out there refining his game against high-level competition to ready him for a potential NBA season.

But in the case of Andrew Bogut, things are different.

Ever since the horrific injury Bogut suffered on April 3, 2010, the Bucks have to hold their breath every time Bogut falls to the floor, hangs on the rim, or gets tangled up with another player. Bogut has said that he still experiences some pain.

Who knows if Bogut will ever truly be healthy again.

The Milwaukee Bucks flat out need a healthy Bogut to be relevant. They do not have the strength or depth at any other position to deal with losing him. He is entering the prime of his career, and carries this team in more ways that the stat sheet would reflect.

This insurance snafu may be a blessing in disguise for the Bucks. Until the season starts, Bogut can now focus all his time and energy on rehabbing and practicing in a controlled environment. One of the few positives of the NBA lockout is that it may allow Bogut more time to heal and rehab.

Had Bogut played in Australia and been significantly injured, it would have been catastrophic for the Bucks team.

While I am sure Andrew is disappointed, the Bucks can have a seven foot sigh of relief knowing he will not re-injure his elbow in Australia.