Bogut back from L.A., hopes to practice Monday

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Bogut back from L.A., hopes to practice Monday

Warriors center Andrew Bogut is back from Los Angeles andhis left ankle is said to be making good progress, according to theteam.Bogut, who has had lingering issues with his surgicallyrepaired ankle, worked out last week under the supervision of his surgeon, Dr.Richard Ferkel.The immediate plan is for Bogut to begin working out inOakland, with an eye toward returning to practice on Monday, Nov. 26.The Warriors have put no timetable on when Bogut mightreturn to game action. They did rule him out through the next three games,meaning the earliest Bogut could now return would be Nov. 29.The Warriors announced on Nov. 8 that Bogut would miss sevento 10 days trying to strengthen his left ankle. That time-frame was expandedwhen coach Mark Jackson announced a few days later that Bogut would miss theteams upcoming road trip.Bogut missed all but 12 games last season after fracturinghis ankle playing for the Bucks. The Warriors and Bogut had hoped hed be100 percent by the regular-season opener.Bogut did play in the first game on Oct. 31, but he was on aminutes restriction. Bogut also was slated to sit out the second game of aback-to-backs, and he already had missed one before the team shut himdown.

Klay must have one thing before every game or 'chalk it up as a loss for me'

Klay must have one thing before every game or 'chalk it up as a loss for me'

Klay Thompson is really good at basketball.

He's been an All-Star three straight years and was named Third-Team All-NBA the last two seasons.

What's the secret to his success? He recently talked about his preparation with CBS Sports:

"My approach to the game is a lot more caluculated now -- as far as getting my rest, recovery after a big workout. Balancing your life is essential; on the court, off the court -- it's huge.

"As a high school player and as a collegiate, I would just kind of show up and play. As a professional, I have a certain routine that is very regimented. If I don't have a gameday nap you might as well chalk it up as a loss for me. I have to have my gameday nap just to get my mind right, get a little rest, maximize your energy for the game.

"Whether it's the arena or the practice gym, we're always there. Don't get to see the light of day sometimes so it's very important for me to get outside -- get some sun, get some fresh air.

"You have to get your mind off the game. I'm really a simple man -- it could be just sitting outside reading a book or playing pool, playing chess, video games. I love to take my dog, Rocco, to the park -- just stuff to keep your mind active, or your body active and get away from baskteball.

"You need that balance in your life. You can't just get totally consumed by basketball and then it kind of wears on your happiness. You gotta have a certain balance so you are eager to go to the game every day, and your hungry to get in the arena and put on a show."

First thing that comes to mind: McCollum's six words to describe Warriors

First thing that comes to mind: McCollum's six words to describe Warriors

The Warriors ended the Blazers' season with a 128-103 victory in Game 4 on Monday night.

And Portland shooting guard C.J. McCollum now has some free time on his hands.

On Thursday, his flight got delayed, so he held an impromptu Q&A on Twitter.

One question asked: "First thing that comes to mind when u think of the Warriors?'

McCollum's response:

The Warriors averaged over 27 assists in the series and shot over 40 percent from 3-point territory.

Golden State has ended Portland's season each of the last two years.

McCollum was terrific in Game 1 (41 points) and Game 3 (32 points) but struggled in Game 2 (11 points, 4 for 17) and Game 4 (six points, 2 for 12).

Next season is Year 1 of the 4-year, $106.6 million contract he signed last summer.