In March of this year, the Warriors traded away a franchise player in Monta Ellis for a dominant center in Andrew Bogut.
Seven months later, Bogut has yet to suit up in a 5-on-5 game, due to his nagging ankle injuries. He was going to play in a few preseason games, but five games have passed without him on the court.
Head coach Mark Jackson told CSN, “With Andrew, we’re still a ways away and we’ll continue to rehab him and get him to the point where we can get him on the floor.”
He also said that that he hopes for Bogut to be ready for opening night in Phoenix on Halloween, using the word “realistic.”
However, the Contra Costa Times reports the following in a more negative tone:
Bogut should be considered questionable to play in the season opener. The team had hoped that Bogut would be able to play in a preseason game or two, but now the focus has to be solely on getting the Australian healthy. Bogut is expected to visit a specialist early next week, at which point we should know a lot more about his status. Rookie Festus Ezeli will start if Bogut isn’t ready to play.
Bogut will head to Los Angeles on Monday to have the ankle examined by Dr. Richard Fenkel.