Andrew Bogut May Not Be Ready for Season Opener
"I'm one of those guys who will play through injury but if I'm not 100 percent for the season to start, there is no sense going into an NBA season at 85 percent because we're playing up to May," Bogut said in the interview, according to a transcript on RealGM.com. Bogut said he had tried to begin shooting while visiting Europe, but the shooting motion caused fluid build-up in his elbow. While waiting for further healing, Bogut said he'd doing conditioning and weightlifting.
The Bucks, who made the 2009-10 playoffs as a No. 6 seed in the East and took the Hawks to seven games despite Bogut's ill-timed injury, have spent big in advance of the new season. Milwaukee traded for the rich contract of small forward Corey Maggette, re-signed shooting guard John Salmons to a fat deal and brought in power forward Drew Gooden for the full mid-level exception. Clearly, the Bucks are going for it. Bogut's the team's most important player. From my perspective, it's good to see he has a clear head about this: it's better the team misses him for a few October-November weeks than to have him at sub-optimal effectiveness in April and May.
Hat-tip: Brew Hoop.