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Bogut's recovery not going well, may miss opener

Posted on: August 19, 2010 12:30 pm
Bucks' star having trouble in recovery from elbow injury, may miss season opener.
Posted by Matt Moore

Andrew Bogut suffered a seriously gruesome elbow injury in a fall last season which ended his year and the Bucks' chances of going deep into the playoffs. He required multiple surgeries, but worked hard to recover and all indications were that he would be back with plenty of time to spare before the start of the season.

You can sense the "but" here, can't you?

Real GM's board of internet scour experts brings us a transcript of Bogut's television appearance in his native land of Australia. The interview, available here (but not in the US), tells us that Bogut was shooting while in Europe, but had fluid build up in his elbow and so had to go back to conditioning and weight training only. More concerning is this quote:

"I'm optimistic that I should be ready for the season but you never know with these things because of the nerve damage and so on, it's on its own course.

"[It's my decision] I'm one of those guys who will play through injury but if I'm not 100% for the season to start, there is no sense going into an NBA season at 85% 'cause we're playing up to May."

Yikes. Losing Bogut for even a month could put the Bucks in a hole to start the season. The good news is that they did bolster their frontcourt with Drew Gooden and Larry Sanders, who might be able to at least function with Brandon Jennings and Corey Maggette handling the scoring load until Bogut returns.

It was a severe injury that Bogut underwent, so this isn't entirely expected. It still has to be frustrating for both Bogut, and Bucks fans, who have seen the versatile center limited in multiple seasons due to injury. When healthy, he's one of the top big men in the league (and a defensive player of the year candidate). But he's got to be able to get on the floor first. For all the strides Milwaukee has made, recurring injury problems for Bogut is just the kind of thing that can submarine a season before it has a chance to get going.

The clock's ticking.

(HT: Brewhoop on Twitter )


Since: Jul 27, 2010
Posted on: August 19, 2010 1:34 pm

Bogut's recovery not going well, may miss opener

The good news here is that the Buck's somewhat proved they could win without him at the end of last season. Obviously, they take a huge hit in their chances to do anything worthwhile without him, but you can't be completely devastated as a fan as long as its a short term thing. Hopefully they can get a decent start to the season if he can't play, so when he gets back, they go back up to good.
Right now, it's more of a confidence and optimism blow, I think, with all of the aspirations going into the season. As long as they can overcome that, I think they start. They proved they can win without Bogut, they just can't be a legit contender for anything more than a .500 season

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