Warriors fans are eager to see new center Andrew Bogut on the court. But now that he has ruled himself out for the rest of the season, they’d just as soon that performance come next fall in training camp rather than in the summer at the London Olympics.
Bogut, who broke his left ankle in January, had held out hope of returning for the playoffs in April or May. That was before the Milwaukee Bucks traded him to Golden State.
But with the Warriors hopelessly out of playoff contention, the big guy told reporters this week that, while his recovery is on schedule, he will not play again this season.
“The most important thing is to get the bone right,” Bogut told the San Francisco Chronicle on the eve of Saturday’s 111-108 home win over Sacramento. “If I come back at 99 percent, and the bone is unsettled, and something shards off, I’m in big trouble.
“It would be nice to play this season, but it’s not going to happen.”
Bogut, a veteran of the 2004 and ’08 Olympics, remains hopeful of completing the hat trick in London this July. On the surface, the Warriors couldn’t have been happy to hear that.
But the 7-foot, 260-pound Australian assured his new fans he’s not going to do anything to jeopardize his NBA career.
“I wanted to play this season, and following that up with missing the Olympics would be really tough,” he said. “It’s one of the greatest things you can be involved with in our sport, but I’ve got to think about this franchise and what they’ve invested in me.
“I’ve got to treat the Olympics with the respect it deserves and be fair to the fans in Australia. But if I’m not 110 percent, I’m not going to play.”
NBA Team Report — Golden State Warriors — NOTES, QUOTES
— The Warriors had hoped to make an announcement about Stephen Curry’s immediate future before Saturday’s game against the Kings, but Golden State management pushed that back at least two more days.
The Warriors were planning to get Curry, their medical staff and their chief front-office decision makers together to review the report from the injured point guard’s recent visit to Los Angeles to see foot specialist Dr. Richard Ferkel.
That didn’t happen Saturday and almost assuredly won’t happen Sunday as the Warriors were traveling to Portland. So the next logical get-together day is Monday as Golden State has a day off before hosting the Lakers on Tuesday night.
Curry, who underwent surgery on his right ankle last summer, has been bothered by sprains in the same ankle and strains in his right foot this season. He has not played since March 11, and the possibility exists he will not play again this season.
— The Warriors are wasting no time getting their NBA Developmental League call-ups into game action. Center Mickell Gladness was pressed into immediate duty upon being given a uniform Thursday in Houston. He blocked two shots in 10 minutes in the loss to the Rockets.
The former member of the Heat put his shot-blocking on display for his new home fans Saturday, blocking two more shots in another 10-minute effort. He also contributed six points, two rebounds and a steal to the 111-108 win over the Kings.
Another big man, 6-foot-11 Keith Benson, earned a promotion from the Sioux Falls Skyforce on Saturday and, like Gladness, quickly got to work around the basket. He had two rebounds in four minutes against the Kings.
Benson was drafted by the Hawks last June but was waived in training camp. Saturday was his NBA debut.
The Warriors created playing time for Benson by demoting rookie power forward Chris Wright to Dakota of the D-League.
QUOTE TO NOTE: “The guy breathes defensive energy.” — Kings coach (and former Warriors coach) Keith Smart, on Golden State’s new center of the future, Andrew Bogut.
NBA Team Report — Golden State Warriors — ROSTER REPORT
— F David Lee nearly recorded his third career triple-double in Saturday’s win over the Kings, but it was a play on which he received no statistical credit that might have saved the Warriors in the narrow victory. With the Warriors up by one point in the final seconds, Lee jumped out on the Kings’ Isaiah Thomas and caused the young point guard to dribble the ball out of bounds, preventing a potential winning shot. He had 22 points, 14 rebounds and nine assists.
— G Nate Robinson was having one of his best games of the season before he fell into the basket standard at the end of a second-quarter drive to the hoop. He went immediately to the locker room, where he was diagnosed with a strained right hamstring. He did not play in the second half. He finished with 10 points, eight assists and four rebounds.
— G Klay Thompson continues to demonstrate he’s a good enough scorer to become Monta Ellis’ replacement as the starting shooting guard next season. The rookie recorded his second career-best point total in four days, pouring in 31 against the Kings. His previous best of 27 had come Wednesday at New Orleans.
— C Andrew Bogut (broken left ankle) has declared himself out for the season.
— G Stephen Curry (strained tendon in right foot) hasn’t played since March 11. An update on his prospects is expected Monday.
— C Andris Biedrins (strained right groin) sat out his third consecutive game Saturday. The team will be in no hurry to get him back onto the court.
— G Nate Robinson (strained right hamstring) took a hard fall into the basket standard in the second quarter Saturday and could not return to the game. He is very unlikely to return Sunday night when the Warriors play at Portland.
—Point guard Nate Robinson
—Shooting guard Klay Thompson
—Small forward Dorell Wright
—Power forward David Lee
—Center Jeremy Tyler
—Guard Charles Jenkins
—Forward Dominic McGuire
—Forward Brandon Rush
—Forward Richard Jefferson
—Center Mickell Gladness
—Center Keith Benson