More info around Andrew Bogut’s knee injury has finally come to light, and the news could affect Australia’s Olympic campaign.
After falling awkwardly on pipe enthusiast JR Smith during game 5, Bogut fell to the floor grimacing and gripping his knee in pain, before being helped from the court. Today the Warriors have acknowledged Bogut will play no further part in the NBA Finals, as his injury will require 6-8 weeks to heal.
“It’s bad news. Boges has made an impact in this series,” Warriors coach Kerr told reporters. “Last two we played him fewer minutes, but still he’s a defensive presence at the rim and rebounder and a great passer. So we’ll miss the minutes he has been giving us.”
The Warriors have told the press Bogut suffered an impaction injury, which will not require surgery. With the rest of the finals series wiped off Bogut’s schedule, attention now turns to the Rio Olympics.
If Bogut requires the full 8 weeks to recover, the 7-footer will not be available for the beginning of the Boomers’ Olympic campaign, which tips off on August 6.
In the case Bogut’s knee is OK in closer to 6 weeks, we could see him on the floor in green & gold, but will the Warriors and Bogut’s management allow the defensive linchpin to compete, risking further injury? Either way, things just got a little more complicated for the Boomers.