Originally written October 20, 2013 on Bay Sports Report:
(Golden State Warriors Facebook Page) The Australian 7-footer confirmed the notion that he was in fact an instrumental contributor to the Golden State Warriors’ success in the (2012-2013) season. Yesterday in Shanghai, (C) Andrew Bogut recorded 9 points and an impressive 14 rebounds, all in just the 1st quarter against the L.A. Lakers. However, he did leave the first quarter on a blemished note, thanks to his lingering back spasms. As a precautionary measure, coach Mark Jackson gave Bogut the rest of the afternoon off to make sure his big man was 100 percent healthy for the regular season opening tip-off (Oct.29). Will these back spasms hamper Bogut’s performance in the next upcoming season yet again? Bogut is known for his various physical ailments in the past: a dislocated right elbow, a sprained right wrist, a broken right hand, foot strains, and his notorious back spasms. According to Alex Kay (B/R), he missed 50 games last season because of his troublesome ankle and back injuries. The No.1 overall pick (2005) started a total of 143 games without any imposing health issues. Afterwards, the injury woes began to pile up year after year; inferring that the big man is literally a walking hospital “clinic”. Nevertheless, his toughness and admirable resilience has catapulted his name to infinite stardom as one of the best “centers” to play the game (alongside, Dwight Howard, Tim Duncan, and Brook Lopez). In his (2012-2013) season with the Golden State Warriors he averaged about 7.7 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.7 blocks, and 5.8 points a game. His days as a Milwaukee Buck show a different story on the stat sheet, but overall as a “Dub” he is still an effective player who knows how to dominate inside the paint. The Warriors are looking to offer a “healthy” Bogut a three-year contract extension. If the figures don’t sway in his favor, he will have to make a decision during the free-agency period (4-year deal). Officially, Bogut is now in his final season with the Warriors, after a signing a contract that’s already worth $60 million dollars. Teams around the NBA league who are in search for a “healthy” veteran center will be keeping track of Bogut’s health, from here on out. If Bogut wants to hit the free-agency market with a bang, his #1 priority is to “take care of his body”. Andrew Bogut said in a report that he was “100 percent healthy” and “feeling the best he has ever felt ever since his ankle injury in January (2012)”. After his early 1st quarter exit against the Lakers last night, his “100 percent” confession seems rather questionable (foreshadowing). Are the back spasms an early sign of another Bogut-less season for the “Dubs”?   Who knows?     Jerome Oribello @joribello37

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