Andrew Bogut has added to a history of back problems but the down time looks positively short, plus catch up with the latest on Patty Mills and Aron Baynes at the Spurs.[caption id="attachment_14577" align="aligncenter" width="446"] Photo Credit: AP/Photo Danny Johnston[/caption] Andrew Bogut's début in the new Golden State Warriors sleeve jerseys has been put on hold with his latest of a long line of back problems.
ANDREW BOGUTIt has only taken a month of limited NBA action for the Aussie to once again fall to the injury bug. The media was made aware of Bogut sitting only hours before tip off at the San Antonio Spurs game on Saturday. It was originally seen as a precaution. Golden State however has now given Andrew the indefinite stamp, as calling him day-to-day at this stage is no longer realistic. In 2008-09 Bogut missed 43 games with a stress fracture in his lower back, one game in 2009-10 with a mid back strain and five games in 2010-2011 with a 'sore' back. This time in 2013 it's considered to be a disc protrusion causing back spasms. While it sounds like Bogut is in some serious trouble, the Warriors, who are saying there is no timetable are hoping he will return to play somewhere near the end of Golden State's upcoming five game road trip. This was a similar injury to that which Dwight Howard received around this time last year, although he chose to play through the pain and receive treatment in the offseason. That injury became more serious for Howard and forced him off the court before the playoffs, and has bothered him for most part of this season too. So Australia's Andrew Bogut may be doing the right thing here, and certainly, this injury is something that all NBA players go through from time to time. An approximate two week timeline much shorter than what were used to seeing, so it feels like he'll be back in no time!
PATTY MILLSSpecializing in towel waving is the most Patty Mills has been doing of late. The San Antonio Spurs have been forced to give Tony Parker extra minutes, he's been holding the fort down while Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili return and round into form. Mills though will be seeing more court time in March and April, as rest will be for the 'Big Three' will be at the forefront of Gregg Popovich's mind. Parker, Duncan and Ginobili will end up sitting games at some point with the reason being 'rest' and Patty Mills will receive plenty of minutes. In the lead up to the trade deadline Mills was one of a select few the Spurs to be touted as a trade piece. It was reported that it would have been Mills going to Utah in return for Al Jefferson. However, according to Gregg Popovich he and his staff were sleeping in the hours leading up to the deadline. Such a trade was never on the cards. That shows confidence with players one through 15, so Patty and Aron Baynes must be doing something right.
Aron BaynesBaynes is still one of the newest players to the NBA arena. He now makes the Aussie crop of players a group of three, which has only been repeated when David Anderson (Toronto Raptors), Patty Mills (Portland Trail Blazers) and Andrew Bogut (Milwaukee Bucks) were playing a few years ago. He has seen less time than Mills and still learns the Spurs system in practice. Although there is nobody better to learn from when it comes to trying to make a career in the NBA. From what we've seen already he is much more of an athlete than his figure tells the casual viewer. He's had some spectacular blocks and his leaping ability has passed expectations. It does mean that Mills can give Baynes some towel waving lessons, maybe a part two is in store? Mills and Baynes will have to get Tony Parker and crew for 30 seconds to do their own version of the Harlem shake as well. It may mean a benching for a few games from coach Pop but it would be worth it.
That's been what the Aussies in the NBA have been up to in February, how much of the rest of the season will Andrew Bogut play out? We'll soon see!