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Bogut had microfracture surgery on ankle; may be out months more

Nov 28, 2012, 5:07 PM EDT

Andrew Bogut, Marc Gasol AP

UPDATE 5:07 pm: Andrew Bogut and Warriors GM Bob Meyers met with the media on Wednesday afternoon to try and clear the air, to say they were all on the same page and always have been. That they knew it would take time for Bogut’s ankle to heal after a serious surgery and there was never any timetable from the organization, no pressure for him to return. Sure.

But what also caught my eye was this quote, from the San Jose Mercury News:

Asked whether he thought his season might be in jeopardy, Bogut said he thinks he will return — though it could take “one, two or three months.”

Great. Just great.

2:57 pm: Well, this explains better what is going on with Andrew Bogut and his slower-than-expected return from ankle surgery last April. It also raises questions of why the Warriors keep coming up with artificial timelines, but we’ll get to that.

The Warriors had said Bogut went in just to have his ankle scoped and some debris removed, but that’s not what happened once the doctor was inside reports Marcus Thompson at the Contra Costa Times (via

Bogut, on the other hand, went in to get his left ankle cleaned out of scar tissue and bone fragments. When Dr. Richard Ferkel was inside, he noticed a “minor” cartilage issue and he addressed it with a form of microfracture surgery. The major part of the surgery, the source said, was cleaning out the debris.

The important thing, another source said, is the microfracture surgery part of the procedure was accounted for when Ferkel gave the Warriors his timetable for Bogut’s return.

What timeline? A clearly frustrated with how this is going down Bogut said Tuesday there is no timeline.

First off, Warriors, just admit what happened up front and fans can deal with it. I get both Bogut and the Warriors wanted to get back as soon as possible, so you both suggested very optimistic timelines, but you can’t rush these things if you are in for the long term. Leading fans on with “oh, it was just a scope job and he’ll be back at the start of the season” raises false expectations. Same with saying he’d be out 7-10 days when he pulled himself out after four games.

What should the expectations be now? Who knows? Bogut doesn’t. The Warriors don’t. Maybe it’s a couple of weeks. Maybe it’s close to Christmas. Maybe it’s in 2013. The Warriors need him back, but back healthy.

It’s better to accept the uncertainty than to put false deadlines out there.

  1. mp4philly - Nov 28, 2012 at 6:09 PM

    His father was a glassmaker.

  2. blarry21 - Nov 28, 2012 at 9:07 PM

    And in Milwaukee, Bucks fans are very thankful for Monta Ellis and Udoh. What an absolute steal!

    • david0303 - Nov 28, 2012 at 10:51 PM

      and in oakland, the warriors are very thankful to finally be playing defense and winning games will out monta slowing down steph. we also got festus ezeli out of the trade and that straight up for monta is a win

      • airjunior23 - Nov 29, 2012 at 12:26 PM

        Ummm david, Monta was not the reason we couldnt play defense. Monta was under Nellie for 80 percent of his career, cmon Son. Im a warrior fan, from Oakland, CA. Monta has never been he reason for our woes dude. Calm that down fam!!! As for steph, the only thing slowin down steph is that bum ankle!!!!!!

      • david0303 - Nov 29, 2012 at 1:22 PM

        im from oakland too and no matter who the coach is, monta is too small to play good D. hes good at gambling and hes never had a coach that really taught him how to play D but he was always going to prevent us from being a good defensive team and a good rebounding team. he gave us a lot of good years but im glad he’s out of there letting the tank happen and getting us harrison barnes. I’d much rather have a hurt and hopefully healthy in a few months bogut, barnes, ezeli, and the veteran presence in jefferson even if he doesnt give us much PT. theres a reason why were having the best start of our season since We Believe.

      • airjunior23 - Nov 29, 2012 at 3:06 PM

        With all of those things said, you cant blame monta for our woes as a team. We didnt play defense when monta was here, not as a team or in any circumstance. Im happy for the changes we made, but people insist that curry is the future and the dude is playing on borrowed time. And Bogut…..nuff said. Festus….awesome, barnes awesome… Granted. Monta was is 6-3, so you cant blame him for being scored on by bigger 2 guards….one of the mane reasons people iverson couldnt get all the accolades he deserved. (And no I am not comparing monta to iverson…just a fact that pertains to this discussion) bottom line, I’m concur that winning a title with monta at the helm would be tough. But if we’re gonna sell the farm, make sure you’re getting what you really need in return…a hurt center isnt that!

  3. airjunior23 - Nov 29, 2012 at 12:27 PM

    Whether or not anyone feels any way about Monta, Bogut was not the answer. Not by any means!!!!!!!

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