MILWAUKEE For the better part of seven seasons, the Milwaukee Bucks were confident they boasted one of the best centers in the NBA. As the No. 1 overall pick in the 2005 NBA draft, Andrew Bogut carried the brunt of the Bucks' hopes for success in the past decade.
The problem, however, was that it was never that simple. With just one full, healthy season to his name, Bogut wasn't on the on the court enough to truly turn a middling franchise on its head. So last season, the Bucks traded him to Golden State and started anew with shooting guard Monta Ellis, leaving a massive hole at the center position.
Normally a power forward, veteran Drew Gooden was asked to fill in at center and did as admirable of a job as you could expect from a guy playing out of position. He dealt with nagging injuries most of the year, finding out after the season that he had been playing with a torn ligament in his right wrist and a full fracture in his ankle.
"I was really playing banged up," Gooden said ...