Golden State Warriors’ head coach Mark Jackson told reporters today that center Andrew Bogut would be shut down for the next 7-10 days as a result of his nagging ankle problems. The decision, surprisingly, was made by Bogut himself.
Bogut has been playing on a 20-minute limit per game, as had not seemed like his usual self on the court. He did not play in Saturday night’s against the Clippers as it was the second game of a back-to-back.
Marcus Thompson gives us an inside look into Bogut’s decision to shut himself down:
Bogut said he was frustrated because he can’t do what he normally does on the court. He said he’s tired of being limited and it’s not right that he’s taking minutes so he can rehab in games.
He said he has limited power in his left ankle, preventing him from pushing off when needed. He also said he’s battling pain and periodic swelling. The conclusion was made that his ankle won’t get better while he’s playing, so he’s going to take this time off to see how much that helps.
He said he doesn’t want to play until he has more mobility, and he suggested he wanted his minutes limit increased from 20.
“I can do more,” Bogut said. “I don’t feel like I’m helping the team.”
Bogut is averaging 11.8 points and 7.4 rebounds in four games with the Warriors this season.
One Warrior fan named Allen Saenz expressed concern over Bogut’s ankle when Bogut he “grabbed a rebound [against the Cavaliers] last night under the rim and couldn’t even push off to slam the basketball.”
Under the 7-10 day time frame, Bogut will miss at least three games and as many as six games.