Andrew Bogut Cleared for Contact

Let’s start this one off with a brief list of things that are more important to the Golden State Warriors’ 2012-13 season than the health of Andrew Bogut.

1. The ongoing stability of a civilized society that permits professional sports to exist.

2. Oxygen

3. Basketballs

Other than those three things, each of which would definitively rule out the possibility of a season altogether, there’s nothing, NOTHING, more important to the Dubs than a healthy Andrew Bogut. If he’s not right when the season starts, you can forget about the Warriors becoming a solid defensive team, rebounding the ball at a respectable level or making the playoffs. Without him, all that’s out.

So how is it that the biggest step in his recovery comes and goes on October 15 and is relegated to an “oh, by the way” aside in just about every beat writer’s recap of the Warriors’ meaningless preseason loss to the Denver Nuggets. Priorities, people!

Rusty Simmons buried the lead like everyone else in his riveting chronicle of the Warriors’ decision to go on a four-game preseason roadtrip to build cameraderie and simulate a pair of lengthy trips they’ll face during the regular season. Who cares? Andrew Bogut was cleared for contact! That means he can start actually playing basketball. Yeah, he’s only allowed to play a little one-on-one, but still…This is the biggest break in his rehab since surgery.

And based on the list above, none of the three items deemed more important than his health made any news, so maybe this breakthrough deserved a little more attention than it got. At the very least, it brings the chances of Bogut’s participation in a preseason game from “nonexistent” to “pretty unlikely.” Considering that his return to action means more than any preseason win or loss, even the slightest positive step in his rehab merits notice.

When the next piece of Bogut Rehab News breaks, rest assured it’ll get the treatment it deserves here at BMH, where overreaction is typical and hyperbole is encouraged more than anything else, ever.

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