Warriors Expecting a Fully Healthy Andrew Bogut

by August 30, 2013

Center Andrew Bogut has gotten healthy over the summer, following an injury-marred season. The Golden State Warriors say they won’t limit his minutes next year, and have high hopes for the big fella. Per the Sporting News: “I think the initial thought is he is healthy, and play him as much as you want,’ general manager Bob Myers said. ‘If something obviously were to develop, something unforeseen, you have to react to it. At this point, you treat him like he is 100 percent healthy, that is what he is saying, that is what the medical staff is saying, so, you don’t treat him any other way. Maybe the question is, do you want to play him 35 minutes? But that is a question for any center. It is not due to anything with his injury. We’re approaching it like he is healthy.’ Bogut is not frequently associated with good health. He has missed 104 games in the past two years, and over his eight-year career, he has missed almost a third of his games. Last year, it was repeated trouble with his ankle, which required microfracture surgery. The Warriors are counting on Bogut’s rugged injury history taking a turn for the better this year. After acquiring Bogut in a deadline-day trade in 2012, the Warriors hoped to get him back on the floor to start last year. But after four games, it was obvious Bogut was not healed, and he wound up playing just 32 games, averaging just 5.8 points and 7.7 rebounds in 24.6 minutes. […] A team official met with Bogut in Croatia (where he typically spends part of his offseason), and Myers reports that, ‘Andrew is pain-free, he feels great, ankle feels great. He is 100 percent healthy, and all indications are he will stay that way. He is a huge key to our team, his health. It is a really good thing that he is healthy and has had time to rest. He is back to work and he eager to get started.'”