The Golden State Warriors have recently been in talks with center Andrew Bogut about a possible contract extension. When healthy, Bogut is one of the most effective two-way centers in the NBA. His biggest issue, though, as recently been that he can’t stay healthy, playing less than half the season for the Warriors last year.
Coming into training camp and the preseason this year, though, the talk was all about how Bogut was fully healthy coming into that part of the season for the first time in a while. Moreover, Bogut looks to be in the best shape of his life and seemed poised to have a healthy and productive season in Golden State.
However, on Friday night as the Warriors took on the Los Angeles Lakers in the second of two games that the two franchises played in China, Bogut left the game in the first quarter with what the team called lower back spasms. Given his history of issues regarding his back and lower body, seeing him leave the floor in a preseason game certainly had to briefly take the wind out of the Warriors’ sails.
After the game, though, Warriors head coach Mark Jackson talked with the media about Bogut, saying “there’s no concern’ about the center’s health going forward and also saying that the big Aussie actually wanted to stay in the game, but the coaching staff wanted to be cautious with him, per an ESPN report.
This may actually be a precautionary thing and Bogut may be fine going forward, but there has to be a shade of doubt upon this situation. When Bogut is healthy, he’s a huge asset for the Warriors, solidifying their interior defense and providing solid offense in a variety of ways. However, if he’s already dealing with injuries, that could be a bad omen for the upcoming season. For the sake of the Warriors and of good basketball, though, let’s hope that Bogut is actually fine and can stay that way for the full season.