The Golden State Warriors are a much better team when Andrew Bogut it on the floor. You know what you get from Bogut on the defensive end, but it’s his presence on the offensive end that will also be dearly missed.
Bogut’s right knee injury came with a lot of uncertainty. The Warriors and Bogut believed he wouldn’t miss too many games, but then they announced that Bogut had his knee drained, which eliminated the possibility of him playing anytime soon. Well, it might be a long time until we see the big man lace them up, Bogut had the platelet-rich plasma therapy procedure on his right knee.
The Warriors released the following statement:
Warriors center Andrew Bogut underwent an MRI on his right knee on December 10, 2014, that revealed chondromalacia & bone edema, which was causing the swelling and instability that he was experiencing in the knee. After consulting yesterday (12/17) with the Warriors’ medical staff and with his own personal physician from Australia, Andrew elected to undergo platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy to treat his right knee.
There is currently no timetable set for Andrew’s return.
“We fully support Andrew in his decision to undergo the PRP treatment,” said Warriors General Manager Bob Myers. “Our number one concern is that Andrew is 100% healthy and we will continue to support him in any way we can to make that happen.”
The phrase “out indefinitely” can be a bit scary. Dwight Howard just returned after missing almost an entire month after having the same procedure. Howard missed a total of 11 games, so hopefully we can expect a similar timetable for Bogut.
The Warriors and Bogut are on the same page regarding his health and that’s comforting. While not having Bogut will hurt, his health in the post-season should be the number one priority. If the Warriors have aspirations of playing for the Larry O’Brien trophy, they need Bogut in the paint.