Andrew Bogut has been plagued by injuries throughout his time in the NBA, limiting what was expected to be a promising career. Last season was no different, and Bogut has now missed 104 games over the past two campaigns. Still, he’s made it through the summer healthy, and Golden State Warriors general manager Bob Myers told Sean Deveney of The Sports News that the team will treat the big man as if he’s “100 percent healthy.”
“I think the initial thought is he is healthy, and play him as much as you want,” general manager Bob Myers told Sporting News. “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.”
Golden State is hoping for change after acquiring Bogut at last year’s trade deadline. After the trade, he again dealt with injuries which limited him to just 5.8 points and 7.7 rebounds with the team. He showed flashes of his talent during the postseason, totaling 7.2 points and 10.9 rebounds, and Golden State hopes he can find those averages again in 2013-14.
Myers had more to say regarding Bogut’s current status:
“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.”
While Bogut may be close to 100-percent healthy at this point, the Warriors might not be able to afford to treat him as such if they want him to retain that state throughout the entire season. It’s tough to play scared, but Bogut’s past has given the team no indication that he can make it through a full season healthy while being pushed night in and night out.