No Bogut Anytime Soon For Warriors?


HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS –
Golden State fans can’t miss what they’ve never had.

That’s exactly the situation the Warriors are in with Andrew Bogut, the 7-footer who was supposed to help transform them but has not been able to because of surgically reconstructed right ankle.

When the Warriors traded Monta Ellis to get Bogut, they moved the face of the franchise (whether you liked him in that role or not) for a former No. 1 overall Draft pick who was supposed to provide the low-post presence they lacked. Instead, Bogut has been missing in action because of the complications with that ankle. He has missed nine straight games and isn’t expected back anytime soon, according to the Contra Costa Times:

“It’s still sore and it’s just not right yet,” Bogut said Tuesday. “When I try to train for extended periods, it just doesn’t respond well. Until I can get through a week’s worth of full practices, I’m back to where I am now.”

Which is rehabbing on the treadmill and exercise bike, doing some very light running and some touch shooting. None of the aggressive stuff he is known for. He can’t practice yet, let alone play, and if this sounds like a novel going bad, you can’t be blamed for your pessimism.

Bogut says he’ll be out there when it’s right, and the Warriors aren’t pressuring him. But it’s reasonable to wonder: After what the club went through with Stephen Curry last season, will it ever be right enough this year for Bogut to make a significant impact?

If that sounds familiar, it’s the same question folks in Philadelphia are asking about their supposed 7-foot savior, Andrew Bynum, who hasn’t played a second this season due to his knee issues. While Bogut at least appears to be an option sometime in the reasonably near future, say before Christmas, Bynum’s prospects are not as clearly defined.

The impact on their respective teams, however, remains the same. To the credit of both the Warriors and Sixers, they’ve managed just fine without their marquee big men.

The Warriors are 8-6 and tied with Los Angeles Clippers for first in the Pacific Division. The Sixers, meanwhile, have won two straight and at 9-6 are in the thick of things in the ultra-competitive Atlantic Division, behind two of the hottest teams (Brooklyn and New York) in the league.

Surviving through the first month of the season without a low-post anchor is one thing, doing it over the course of the next five months … well, that’s another story.

12 Comments

  1. Peter says:

    Warriors fans needs to take a chill pill , think long term not just about this season. To say he is another Greg Oden makes me laugh. You need to be positive l know you are frustrated but when fit he is a quality big man.

  2. Pat Hill says:

    When Bogut is back from injury and fit again GSW will be a force. At his best, he is one of the top 3 C’s in the league, I think by Febuary next year we’ll all be singing his praises once again.

  3. Monta says:

    I don’t get why you guys want Monta Ellis back. The warriors are 8-6……. Which is better than last year if you guys didn’t know.

  4. Highc says:

    you guys are just mad, because let me tell you Bogut will never be that big center everybody thought he was going to be been waiting 5-6 years for him to get better all he does is get hurt and miss alot of games Iam glad he,s gone, ellis is so much better wait till 2 or 3 years from now then you”ll see they made a big mistake cause he”ll never be able to play THANK YOU GOLDEN STATE. GO BUCKS

  5. Kevin_Johnson says:

    Andrew Bogus!!

  6. BrooklynBrooklyn says:

    Bogut will be another Greg Oden. I don’t want him to be. I hope he gets healthy. He’s very skilled but its so hard to watch him play because he might get hurt just by jumping and grabbing a rebound.

  7. JOSH says:

    Even if Bogut never plays this season, the Warriors got MUCH better from the Monta trade. You fools only care about fast breaks and circus shots. If we didn’t trade Monta, we might’ve won a couple more games and then not been able to draft Harrison Barnes. If we didn’t trade Monta, we wouldn’t have gotten the draft rights for Festus Ezeli. If we didn’t trade Monta we probably would’ve been the same team as last year, and consequently wouldn’t have been able to pick up Carl Landry or Jarret Jack, arguable the best two players on our team, this month.

    Bottom line: Warriors were smart to trade Monta. If we didn’t we’d probably be 6-8 instead of 8-6.

  8. Alexander says:

    Bogut will be fine, give him time. And Warriors will be a force with Bogut. We have Landy and he is a baller, so let’s be optimistic.

  9. Alex says:

    I’m tired of people talking about Monta Ellis and how the trade is going bad for us. Bogut will get right and the Warriors will take off once he does. The defense this year is already much improved and that’s without him. He showed glimpses earlier in the season of what he can bring to the table and that was with him at about 60%. Just imagine the possibilities. It’ll take time, maybe a considerable amount, but he’ll be back before the year is over and as long as the Warriors can stay in the playoff hunt until then we’ll be fine. Back to Monta, where did he ever take us? Yea he’s an incredible athlete and explosive on offense but he shoots a horrible percentage, takes way too many shots, can’t defend worth a damn and with him as our “best player” we never went anywhere. Glad to see him gone. When it’s all said and done, the Warriors will be the winners of that trade. Patience is a virtue. Ellis isn’t exactly tearing up the league right now.

  10. Matthew Lausmann says:

    Maybe Andrew Bogut He Might Retire Next Season

  11. jimmy parks says:

    I WANT MONTA BACK; AT LEAST YOU CAN GET 25 POINTS A NIGHT WITH MONTA!!!

  12. Benny says:

    Of course not, he’ll miss most of the season. Warriors made a colossal mistake by giving away their best player for a center who never plays. As a Warriors fan, I’m at least happy they didnt trade Ellis for Oden LOL

    We better start praying Ezeli turns into the next Olajuwon lol