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Bogut says Warriors likely to rest him rest of season


Posted Mar 16 2012 12:20AM - Updated Mar 16 2012 1:03AM

MELBOURNE, Australia(AP) -- Andrew Bogut says his new NBA team, the Golden State Warriors, will likely rest him for the rest of the season so he can recover from a broken left ankle.

And the former No. 1 draft pick says he still holds out faint hopes of playing for Australia at the London Olympics.

Bogut broke his ankle in a game against the Houston Rockets on Jan. 25. Scans over the next three weeks will determine whether the 27-year-old center can play this season for the Warriors, the team he was traded to this week from the Milwaukee Bucks.

Bogut told Australian Associated Press that regardless of the scan results, "the last thing they'll (the Warriors) want to do is rush me back to play in a couple of games."

"I've got to have scans at the eight-week point after I broke my ankle," Bogut said. "If the scan says we want you in the (moon) boot for another three or four weeks or they don't want me resuming too quick, it will come down to missing the season."

The broken ankle is just one of several major injuries that have plagued Bogut throughout his career. Bogut, who was the No. 1 draft pick in 2005, missed the end of the 2009-10 season when he dislocated his right elbow, sprained his right wrist and broke his right hand in a hard fall to the floor. The injury bothered him for much of last season.

Bogut also missed significant time with an injured lower back in the 2008-09 season.

Bogut said if he's healthy, he might consider playing for Australia at the London Olympics in July.

"It's a tough question to answer right now," he said. "To be honest, I haven't given it a whole lot of thought.

"Without talking myself up, I think I'm as professional as they come. I have my own workout and training facility in Melbourne, I'd be rehabbing and training like I would for any other event, and we have enough lead-up games to the Olympics to get ourselves ready."

Bogut completed medical checks with the Warriors on Thursday, and met his new teammates and key club officials. He was scheduled to be presented to Warriors fans at the team's game on Friday in Oakland, California - against his old club Milwaukee.

He said he had experienced mixed emotions since finding out about the trade which sent him and Stephen Jackson to the Warriors for Monta Ellis, Ekpe Udoh and Kwame Brown.

"When I first heard the news I was excited," Bogut said. "It's a franchise on the way up, a new city to live in, it's only one flight from Australia rather than two.

"Then the next day when I started packing, I was sad because the Milwaukee Bucks are all I know in the NBA. Saying goodbye to the city where I spent my whole career, to the fans, it was tough. But at the same time, I'm excited about the journey that lies ahead."

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