Warriors center Andrew Bogut spoke to the media for the first time in two months. He is still sidelined indefinitely with an ankle injury, and did not give an timetable for his return.
Bogut explained why he decided to shut himself down after just four months.
I tried to give it a go at the start of the season, and it blew up. I lost my mobility and flexibility back in November, and I decided it was smart to try and be ready for the long haul, rather than play in five-game increments and then have to take time off.
He then went on to call himself “injury prone,” but not because of lack of health.
I’m injury prone. I’m injury prone to the fact that I’ve had a lot of gruesome injuries that I can’t control. But I’ve never had a soft-tissue injury due to a lack of conditioning or fitness. There have just been two unfortunate events that have taken years off of my career.
However, Bogut is pleased that the Warriors are doing so well even without his presence, and thinks he will fit into the team very well when he comes back.
If we were losing right now, it’d be a little bit different. But we’re winning. I stressed earlier in the year that we should be talking more about us winning, but a lot of the attention was on my injury. Rightfully so, but when start to win games, it definitely helps my sanity.
I see exactly where I fit on this team. We have a lot of scorers. The pressure won’t be on me to score, like it was in Milwaukee. I think my passing ability is very good, and I think it’s going to really help this team.
Bogut was acquired in March of 2012 from the Bucks in exchange for Monta Ellis, Ekpe Udoh, and Kwame Brown. He sat out all of the 2011-2012 season with the Warriors and has played in just four games this year.
All quotes obtained courtesy of the San Francisco Chronicle.