HANG TIME, Texas — Never mind breaking ankles with so many crossover dribbles. The Warriors will be quite content, thank you, if they can keep their ankles in one piece.
In fact, while our man Scott Howard-Cooper swears this is the season when Golden State finally makes a return to the playoffs, everything could hinge on a pair of repaired ankles on Stephen Curry and Andrew Bogut.
Bogut, who is still rehabbing in his native Australia, recently told Marcus Thompson of the Contra Costa Times that he is making steady progress:
“It’s about being smart with my ankle,” Bogut said via a conference call with local media. “There’s no point in trying to get ready for October 1st, when another week could significantly help. I’m trying to get ready for camp, but my main goal is for the first game of the season to be 110 percent.”
Bogut said based on the timeline given by the surgeons, he might be a bit ahead of schedule. He has already been shooting and lifting weights. He was recently cleared to start light jogging on the treadmill. Plus Warriors head athletic trainer JoHan Wang spent last in Australia working out Bogut: “He pretty much smashed me in the gym.” Bogut said his ankle has responded well to the increased activity, with little to no swelling or soreness.
Bogut said he wants to be ready for training camp, which begins Oct. 3, but said it will be close. The two-a-day practices at first might be too much to jump into. So Bogut may be limited even if he is in camp.
“The immediate goal with all of this is to be ready for the first game,” Bogut said, “whether that means only playing in only half the preseason games or whatever.”
After all, if the Warriors are going to make a stand, they’ll need their big man in the middle.