Andrew Bogut, the man who has come up huge in the playoffs for the Golden State Warriors, considered calling it quits during the season as a result of his nagging injuries.
Bogut told Scott Howard-Cooper of NBA.com that he “was getting close” to making a serious consideration to retire.
According to the report, “the plan…was to try and finish this season on an encouraging note, work during the summer to return to peak condition and aim for a healthy 2013-14. If that went bad, all options would have been on the table.”
Bogut, who played in just 32 games in the regular season, averaged 5.8 points and 7.7 rebounds. He was recovering from an ankle injury suffered while playing for the Milwaukee Bucks. The story of Bogut being dealt to the Warriors for Monta Ellis, then repeatedly delaying his debut in uniform is still fresh in the minds of many fans.
Bogut himself was frustrated, and had his doubts about returning:
I was really bad. The physical part of it is one thing, but the mental part of it’s the other. It was a tough time in my career. You always just start questioning yourself, and whenever you do that as an athlete, I think it’s probably not a great thing. When is this going to subside? When am I going to feel better? Am I going to be back to the same level I was playing at before the injury? How long is it going to take? Why is it taking so long? [I am] medically cleared to play, but am I being soft? Am I not going hard enough? Am I going too hard? Too many questions in your mind. I was frustrated.