38 games at the beginning of the season after undergoing arthroscopic and
micro-fracture surgery on his left ankle, Andrew Bogut finally returned
to the court late in the season to help carry Golden State through a first-round playoff series victory against the Denver Nuggets.
"In the biggest game of his career, he had his finest moment'' Jackson said. "It's great to see when people go through all the adversity, all the trials, all the tribulations and then experience success. He deserves it, and it was a statement game for him and this franchise.''
"He was probably thinking, `what did we trade for?''' Bogut said.
"I've had an absolute nightmare of six to nine months,'' Bogut said.
“There was no light at the end of the tunnel. It was pitch black for months. I questioned a lot of things personally. Mentally, I was in a pretty bad place for a couple of months. Guys on the road, I'm stuck at home. My day consisted of rehab in the morning, go home, ice. I don't go out. Go home and ice. I've given up a lot. To just go home and getting my ankle right, it's taken a lot out of me in that sense.''
Any doubts the former number one draft pick may have had are now been quashed. Now the rejuvenated center finds himself as a crucial member to the Warriors’ chances of pulling off another upset in the second round against Tim Duncan and the second-seeded San Antonio Spurs.