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Andrew Bogut suffers gruesome fall after dunk

Apr 4, 2010, 4:41 AM EDT

UPDATE 4/4 4:41 AM: Bogut’s injury is actually more serious and more complicated than originally thought. According to Charles F. Gardner of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, not only is his right elbow dislocated, but he also suffered a right wrist sprain and broke his right hand. Gardner’s source indicated that Bogut will likely undergo season-ending surgery. However, the team has not indicated officially that Bogut’s season as over, as they have yet to release a timetable for his recovery.

4/3 10:15 pm: Milwaukee has been startlingly good since the All-Star break. It’s easy to point to Milwaukee’s acquisition of John Salmons as the clear reason why they’ve suddenly made the jump from mediocre to high-quality, but even more central to the Bucks’ success (not just over that stretch, but all season) has been Andrew Bogut. He’s quietly become one of the top centers in the league both offensively and defensively, yet seems to consistently cede the spotlight to Salmons and Brandon Jennings.

Bucks fans and the NBA world at large may soon find out just how good (or really, how bad) the Milwaukee would be without Bogut. After finishing on the break with a two-handed flush in the Bucks’ game against the Phoenix Suns tonight, Bogut lost his balance on the dismount and ended up twisting his elbow in completely unnatural and disturbing fashion.

According to Gery Woelfel of the Journal Times, the team has disclosed that Bogut has a dislocated elbow, but an x-ray showed no broken bones. No word yet from the team as to the specific timetable for his return, but it’s a fair bet that Bogut will miss significant time.

You can see Bogut’s injury here, but be warned: it’s not pretty. This isn’t a tweaked ankle or even a nasty collision, but a blatantly painful contortion from a big athlete hitting the ground with a ton of momentum. If you’re bothered by cringe-worthy injuries, I’d pass on it.   

  1. Nick - Apr 4, 2010 at 1:27 AM

    The Bucks are screwed…Bogut is by far their best player. Im not a big brandon jennings fan, and john salmons can go cold for very long stretches.
    Bogut achors the defense with terrific shotblocking, rebounding, and help defense. He can also post up anyone in the league, and is a very good passer from the blocks.
    He’s probably the most underrated player in the game – one of maybe 3 top-notch two-way centres in the NBA

  2. Royce - Apr 4, 2010 at 2:49 AM

    I hope he’s okay, he’s a good guy with a good heart and he finally got a decent chance to do well in the playoffs this year by getting a good chance at attaining a good seed.
    He will come back, I’m sure of it.
    The youtube clips of him doing his elbow should be banned though. It’s just painful.

  3. MattC - Apr 4, 2010 at 10:02 AM

    Damn… I wouldn’t wish this on even my most hated players. Sad to see this happen when the guy was coming into his own, even though I’ll admit as a Cavs fan I was pretty scared about potentially seeing the Bucks second round. I hope he can come back from this next year.

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