Andrew Bogut Reveals He Had Microfracture Ankle Surgery

by November 28, 2012

Andrew Bogut’s mounting frustration with injuries has been well-documented. The big fella told the press that he had microfracture surgery on his bum left ankle (as opposed to what the Golden State Warriors had claimed was a minor procedure back in April), and says he won’t play again until he’s completely healthy. Per the San Fran Chronicle: “Center Andrew Bogut won’t return from left ankle rehabilitation this week as the Warriors anticipated, and he’s getting increasingly frustrated by the team’s continued drumming up of expectations. This all seems to stem from the team claiming that he had minor arthroscopic surgery in April, a procedure that he says wasn’t so minor. The 7-footer said he had microfracture surgery, a much more serious procedure, and there’s still way too much swelling to engage in strenuous activity. Playing in Saturday’s game against Indiana, he says, is absolutely out of the question. ‘It’s frustrating,’ said Bogut, who addressed the media Tuesday after missing consecutive practices in which the team had said he was likely to participate. ‘People look at you and think, ‘Why are you still hurting? It’s just an ankle.’ That’s the feeling I get sometimes … You feel like you’re letting down the team, the fans and the organization.’ The Warriors have followed a pattern of being overly optimistic with their recovery projections for Bogut: They said he might return at the end of last season or play in the Olympics. He didn’t. They said he’d be ready for training camp. He wasn’t. They said he could play 20 minutes per game at the start of the season. He couldn’t. They said he’d return after seven to 10 more days of rehab. He hasn’t. And the latest: They said he’d practice this week with an eye toward playing this weekend. He won’t. ‘That’s not going to happen. I can tell you that right now,’ Bogut said. ‘I’m still a little ways off. It’s an interesting rehab, because there’s no real timeline for it. I’ll be back when I’m ready to play at 100 percent.’ The Warriors confirmed Tuesday that Bogut had microfracture surgery, about seven months after claiming an arthroscopic surgery ‘to clean out loose particles and bone spurs’ was a success and he should ‘return to basketball-related activities’ in July.”