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Bogut to have ankle surgery, miss Olympics


Posted Apr 22 2012 11:56AM

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Australian center Andrew Bogut will have arthroscopic ankle surgery next week and miss the London Olympics. He hopes to return to fitness in time for the start of the next NBA season.

Golden State Warriors general manager Larry Riley says the operation for Bogut, and the same for teammate Stephen Curry, will be done on Wednesday in Van Nuys, California.

Bogut broke his left ankle on Jan. 25 against Houston before coming over in a trade from Milwaukee. Riley called the scope to clean up loose particles "routine" and ruled out any possibility the 7-foot (2.13-meter) center would play for Australia's Olympic team at London.

"After seeing a specialist I have decided it would be best to get my ankle cleaned out via arthroscopic surgery," Bogut said on Twitter.

"There is simply not enough time to rehab and be fully fit for the games.

In another tweet, he said: "Shattered thinking about missing the 2012 Olympics. They truly are a life-changing experience and something that you will always remember."

Bogut, acquired in a trade with Milwaukee on March 13, could be back to basketball activities as soon as six weeks.

"I characterize it as something that is as much a preventive thing than anything else," Riley said of Bogut's surgery.

Bogut's NBA career has been puntuated by injuries.

The 2005 No. 1 overall pick 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. He also missed significant time with an injured lower back in the 2008-09 season.

When Bogut has played, he has played well.

In 408 career games, he is averaging 12.7 points, 9.3 rebounds and 1.6 blocked shots. Golden State has long lacked an inside presence, and the team is counting on the 27-year-old Australian to anchor the team back to the playoffs.

Curry had surgery to repair a tendon in his right ankle last summer. He repeatedly sprained his troublesome ankle this season while playing only 26 games.

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