Andrew Bogut has been out with a fractured left ankle. The Golden State Warriors' center had surgery to repair the ankle and has been rehabbing ever since. While there is still no timetable for his exact return, the Warriors are hopeful that he can return for the team's opening game against the Phoenix Suns.
According to Matt Steinmetz of CSN Bay Area, Bogut met with Dr. Richard Ferkel in an effort to gauge his recovery and get an idea of when he could return to action. General Manager, Bob Meyers is hopeful after the visit. He believes Bogut could return for the opener.
“He’s been cleared,” Myers said of Bogut. “There’s nothing structural that’s holding him back. It’s more on feel and how the ankle is responding. He’s doing some live one-on-one. He’s not telling (Bogut) he can’t do five-on-five, he’s telling him to keep moving forward and keep listening to his body.”
Bogut has averaged 12.7 points per game and 9.3 rebounds per game in his career. He spent his entire career with the Milwaukee Bucks until this season. He was traded to Golden State in March along with Stephen Jackson. The Bucks got Monta Ellis, Epke Udoh, and Kwame Brown in the deal.
Golden State will open their season in Phoenix on October 31st. While the preseason is not a good indicator of how the regular season will go, the team has been successful without Bogut. They are 5-1 so far this preseason.