Friday, January 27, 2012

Bogut Out 'Indefinitely'

The Milwaukee Bucks' 7ft centre, Andrew Bogut, has been sidelined with a fracture to his left ankle. The Aussie picked up the injury on Wednesday, during the Bucks' 105-99 victory over the Houston Rockets, when he fell awkwardly trying to block a shot. Milwaukee say that Bogut could be out "indefinitely".

Bogut joined the Bucks as their number one pick in the 2005 draft, becoming the first Australian player to be drafted top of the list. The 27-year-old has had a painful time in the NBA, since then, succumbing to injuries on a semi-regular basis. He has not had a problem-free season for at least four years. Those placing an NBA bet online need to remember this.

Speaking after Wednesday's game, Bogut said that he "knew he was in some trouble" when he landed from his block attempt: "Everything's fine with the X-ray [but] tomorrow's the day of reckoning where I go under the MRI machine, and find out my fate." Bogut added that, due to his history of injuries, he is "not optimistic".

The Melbourne-born player has already missed one game this year, Bucks vs. Dallas, on January 13, due to a suspected concussion. His absence was particularly galling for Milwaukee, given that he had been missing on (presumed) compassionate leave for the previous four Bucks' fixtures.

Bogut's list of problems extends back to 2008, when he sustained an injury to his back, an ailment that cost him 43 games. However, his on-court accident in 2010 is his most famous – and painful – problem, to date; he broke his hand, dislocated his elbow, and sprained his wrist in the same fall.

Writing on his Twitter account he said: "I will get back from this. Injury was beyond my control. First step: walking again."

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