Warriors didn’t need to deceive on Bogut…


Now that we have learned that Golden State Warriors Center Andrew Bogut didn’t just have ankle surgery in April but micro-fracture surgery on that ankle, only one question comes to mind ?

Why did the Golden State front office feel a need to deceive their fans on the extent of Bogut’s injury and surgery ?

Its my contention that the Warriors fans are a patient lot. We have endured lenghty playoff droughts (76-87) (93-07). Even worse, we have endured horrendous ownership during the Chris Cohan years. True Warriors fans have a never-ending supply of patience, so why did the Warriors brass feel this need to not be forthright about the Bogut procedure ?

First, the Warriors pulled off a trade that was not popular with much of the fan base when they traded Monta Ellis for Bogut. Newer and younger Warriors fans loved Ellis, despite his obvious short-comings as a complete basketball player. He was exciting to watch, but wasn’t going to be an integral piece of a winning team moving forward. He is simply Alex English in a smaller body. Bogut was worth the gamble despite his various injuries. And, when allowed to heal, could still be a big boost to Golden State. It’s my belief  Warriors brass didn’t want to admit the extent of Bogut’s injury fearing the backlash from the fan base, having experienced the booing episode of team owner Joe Lacob at the Chris Mullin jersey retirement ceremony last season. So, they decided to be general in scope when discussing the procedure.

Second, from what I understand of the procedure on Bogut’s ankle, there are times when the ankle feels great during rehab. Then, in an instant, there will be residual pain and it is tough to shake. The Warriors and Bogut may have felt this urgency to get back on the court, well before it was wise to do so. Bogut felt good, season is approaching, structurally ankle looks fine, but in reality it needs more time to heal. And, the Warriors figured why be forthright about the micro-fracture procedure when the timeline has been accepted by all parties.

On Wednesday, both Bogut and Warriors General Manager Bob Myers seemed to issue divergent message. Bogut saying, “we don’t want to fool anybody anymore. We don’t want to keep creating this excitement of, ‘Hey, Andrew might be coming back to play on Saturday, it might be Monday.” Bogut went on the tell the San Francisco Chronicle, “Its enough, it takes a toll on me and the organization. We met this morning and I said, ‘Let’s make it and indefinite  leave until I’m ready, there is not point throwing dates out there anymore.” EXACTLY

It’s confusing why the Warriors would hide this micro-fracture news. Warriors GM Myers said the focus of the organization was not to deceive. He told the Chronicle, “there were a lot of components to the injury that made it a situation that might take a little time, but knowing that element from the get-go didn’t change our expectations and don’t to this day.” Huh ? So, you knew this surgery might side-line him for a long time, but were “hoping” it wouldn’t so you went public with time-frames that brought the fan base into a lather only to yank the rug from them time and again ? The Warriors front office of businessmen is too smart to think this way. Honesty and not inferences of a quick return should have been company policy.

The problem with this is that by constantly putting a timeline on his return there is an expectation from the fan base that Bogut will be on the court, when in reality the time-table’s set forth by the organization were unrealistic. Micro-fracture ankle surgery needs to be dealt with delicately, especially when talking about a 7-footer.

I love this new Warrior ownership group and regime. They have big plans and big ideas. They have put the pieces in place for a winning organization and the fruits of their labor are obvious. The Warriors are young, exciting, well-coached, fun to watch and most importantly, winning. But, next time when a Warriors player goes under the knife be honest, don’t deceive, don’t lie. Warriors fans are like that thirsty man in the desert. We are so happy to see a glass of water….it doesn’t really matter if it tastes perfect or is ice cold…..we just want the water. But, we don’t like being deceived and mis-led when reaching for the glass…..and its empty.


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