Friday, October 18, 2013
Impact of Bogut's latest injury
By Joe Kaiser
Before Friday, Andrew Bogut's health was one of the biggest stories of Golden State's training camp, and in recent days that's led to the veteran big man entering extension talks with the team. When Bogut was forced to leave the Warriors' exhibition game in China on Friday, though, it served as a glaring reminder of two things: how fragile Bogut still is, and how risky it'd be lock him up to a lucrative multi-year deal.
The injury happened in the first quarter in the game against the Los Angeles Lakers. "Bogut got the ball on the left low block, with Pau Gasol on his back," explains Marcus Thompson of the Bay Area News Group. "He took a couple dribbles towards the middle then spun back to his left, dropping in the left hand hook. This was at the 9:26 mark of the first quarter.
"Running back down court, Bogut began to grimace and hold his lower back. Moments later, he was taken out of the game. He limped straight to the locker room. Not exactly a sight Warriors fans wanted to see."
This injury doesn't appear to be nearly as serious as the various ailments (ankle, elbow) that have plagued Bogut in recent years, but it underscores how easily the Warriors can go from a contender in the tough Western Conference (with Bogut) to a team battling for a playoff spot (without Bogut). We'll continue to monitor Bogut's back situation and let you know as soon as we find out more.