Mar 11, 2012, 11:30 AM EDT
Andrew Bogut‘s not angry with Milwaukee for not contending. He’s not demanding superstar talent alongside him or clamoring for the bright lights of a bigger city and the sponsorship money that comes with it. He’s not even requesting a trade. He’s just fine if it happens. And the reason for that is he just doesn’t want to be “injured Andrew Bogut” anymore. Or “injury-prone Andrew Bogut.” Bogut has suffered some gruesome injuries the past three seasons which have done major damage to his body. But in an interview with the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel which outlined his current tenuous and potentially temporary trade situation with the Bucks, Bogut talked about his injuries and how they’re not common ligament issues, they’re impact injuries. And the elbow is never going to really improve.
“It’s a frustrating injury because you don’t know the extent of it,” said Bogut, who will have another ankle scan in two or three weeks. “If we made the playoffs, I would like to be back.
“But at the same time, with these injuries you have to be 100%. You come back at 80%, then you have an Achilles’ problem or a calf problem. As opposed to the elbow, where I knew I wasn’t coming back 100%.
“This is a little different. When it’s a wheel carrying 120 kilos, 270 pounds, you’ve got to be careful with it.”
Bogut said his right elbow has improved but will never be the same as it was before his injury.
“The elbow is basically as good as it’s going to get,” Bogut said. “Last season was frustrating.
“It feels great. I had an off-season of shooting and conditioning where I could do that every day without any setbacks, and it (surgery) really helped.”
“As good a it’s going to get” is not really what you want to hear if you’re shopping for Bogut.
Bogut could transform a franchise, even without the elbow ever getting better. He’s so good defensively, a team like the Warriors, Bobcats, or Rockets would be dramatically altered by his presence. But you have to have pieces next to him, a true superstar, to win. The injuries will impact his trade value, but Bogut’s on target. He doesn’t suffer from conditioning issues or bad genetics in his knees. He just has bad things that keep happening to him. Maybe a fresh start will mean better times for Bogut and the Bucks. They have to find a deal, first.
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