Two days after the Golden State Warriors finished up their preseason slate, which featured eight games and zero Australian centers, some big news is coming out of the Dubs’ practice facility in Oakland.
That’s right, Bogut actually played a little basketball. Considering that he didn’t even sniff the court during the preseason, this is just about the best news Warrior fans could possibly expect.
I mean, Festus Ezeli is nice and all, so hopefully the jubilation in the streets that’s sure to result from publication of this news won’t offend him too badly. If it does, he can take solace in knowing that Bogut still probably has a long way to go before he’s in basketball shape. But even if Bogut isn’t ready to log big minutes once the regular season starts on October 31, at least his rehab trajectory has continued in a positive direction. Ezeli proved he can give the Warriors spot minutes at center, so if he needs to stretch his court time into starter territory for a while, it’ll be a lot easier to take knowing that Bogut’s return is now imminent.
With Bogut potentially ready, all the rest of the Warriors’ pieces fall into their proper places. In addition to Ezeli eventually returning to backup duty, David Lee and Carl Landry (hope against hope) won’t be paired on the floor together anymore. This point’s been beaten into the ground, but the two of them on the court together is a rebounding and defensive disaster. So, in some way, Bogut’s return will help the Dubs avert catastrophe.
Maybe that’s an overstatement.
But still, if he can get his wind over the next few days and (knock on wood) doesn’t suffer any setbacks, Bogut’s recovery makes all the difference in the world.