Andrew Bogut and healthy are too often featured in the same sentence. Not even collaborating ones. But, right now, they are.
According to Bogut himself, he is healthy. And possibly the healthiest he’s been in some time.
“I’m excited, man,” he said.
After splitting time this summer with family in Australia and Croatia, Bogut said he’s “100 percent” healthy and feeling the best he has since fracturing his left ankle in January 2012. He also said he has not been limited in any workouts since July and expects “to play a lot of minutes” this season – the final year of his five-year, $60 million contract.
“The most important thing is not having a trainer or coach tell you that there are restrictions on what you’re doing,” Bogut said. “I can come in here and do what I want. I can come in here and run. I can condition. I can lift. I can shoot. I can play five-on-five and nobody can tell me I can only do one set or play 20 minutes. I have none of that right now and I’m not going to have any of that during the season.”
Ideally, on paper, Bogut would help the Warriors. He was the size, basically, last season for them. Bogut averaged 7.2 points and 10.9 rebounds in the playoffs for the Warriors. Again, he WAS the size.
Though, the odds of Bogut remaining healthy for an entire season isn’t high – according to his history.
In 2010, he broke his hand and dislocated his elbow. In 2012, he fractured his ankle – it cost him the entire 2011-12 season (after playing only 12 games) and partial of the 2012-2013 season. Last season, he only played 32 games.
The Warriors could use a healthy 7-foot big man like Bogut, who wouldn’t. The fact that he’s 100 percent is actually a positive. If Bogut can find a way to stay healthy, this Warrior team gets that much more dangerous.
However, time will tell. Time will tell.