Bogut bombshell: Surgery was serious
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Posted by loozballs on 2012-11-28 10:29:30
•Andrew Bogut won't be back this weekend - even if the Warriors say he might be. There's a disconnect between player and management.
•Center Andrew Bogut won't return from left ankle rehabilitation this week as the Warriors anticipated, and he's getting increasingly frustrated by the team's continued drumming up of expectations.
This all seems to stem from the team claiming that he had minor arthroscopic surgery in April, a procedure that he says wasn't so minor.
The 7-footer said he had microfracture surgery, a much more serious procedure, and there's still way too much swelling to engage in strenuous activity. Playing in Saturday's game against Indiana, he says, is absolutely out of the question.
"It's frustrating," said Bogut, who addressed the media Tuesday after missing consecutive practices in which the team had said he was likely to participate. "People look at you and think, 'Why are you still hurting? It's just an ankle.' That's the feeling I get sometimes. ... You feel like you're letting down the team, the fans and the organization."
The Warriors have followed a pattern of being overly optimistic with their recovery projections for Bogut:
-- They said he might return at the end of last season or play in the Olympics. He didn't.
-- They said he'd be ready for training camp. He wasn't.
-- They said he could play 20 minutes per game at the start of the season. He couldn't.
-- They said he'd return after seven to 10 more days of rehab. He hasn't.
-- And the latest: They said he'd practice this week with an eye toward playing this weekend. He won't.
"That's not going to happen. I can tell you that right now," Bogut said. "I'm still a little ways off. It's an interesting rehab, because there's no real timeline for it. I'll be back when I'm ready to play at 100 percent."
The Warriors confirmed Tuesday that Bogut had microfracture surgery, about seven months after claiming an arthroscopic surgery "to clean out loose particles and bone spurs" was a success and he should "return to basketball-related activities" in July.
The goal of microfracture surgery is to stimulate the growth of new cartilage by creating a new blood supply. A sharp tool is used to make multiple holes in the bone beneath the cartilage, which allows new blood to reach the joint surface. That brings new cells that will form cartilage.
Microfracture recovery can take up to a year, but the Warriors maintain that Bogut's was so minor that the need wasn't detected even by X-rays. They say it wasn't until the surgery started that microfracture was considered, and they stand by their original six-month rehabilitation prognosis.
While the Warriors were on the road last week, Bogut went to the Los Angeles area, where his surgeon, Dr Richard Ferkel, gave him blood-manipulation injections. The big man hasn't seen positive affects from the treatment yet.
Bogut is able to use the stationary bike and the elliptical machine to maintain his weight and conditioning, and he has gotten on the court for light shooting drills. But he can't do any running or anything that calls for contact or change of direction.
He said his ankle is still sore and swollen after workouts. Scans show no new damage, but there is still a lot of scar tissue and deep bone bruising, he said.
"We're not pressuring him," head coach Mark Jackson said. "I want him back when he's healthy. We're going to hold down the fort and take care of business. We're more than capable of going out and taking care of the job. We don't want him on the floor until he's 100 percent. You get uncomfortable and more frustrated when you try to rush it back."
Bogut averaged six points and 3.8 rebounds in playing four of the Warriors' first five games. They went 2-2 with him in the lineup, outrebounding opponents by 0.25 a game, breaking even in points in the paint, and limiting the opposition to 43.2 percent shooting.
Without Bogut, the Warriors have gone 6-4. They're outrebounding opponents by 6.1 boards a game, scoring four more points in the paint than their opposition, and posting a 43.1 opponents' field-goal percentage.
"That makes life much easier, because there's no pressure on me to come back right now," Bogut said. "If we had a bad record, I'd be feeling the wrath a little bit more from everybody."
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