Bogut says he may miss preseason games


Bogut says he may miss preseason games

Warriors center Andrew Bogut, who is returning aftersustaining a season-ending ankle injury in 2011-12, left open the possibilityon Sunday that he might not play in some of the Warriors preseason games comeOctober.But Bogut insisted that his rehabilitation is on track andthat he expects to be 100 percent by the time the Warriors play their 2012-13regular-season opener on Oct. 31 against the Suns in Phoenix.Thats my goal, Bogut said when asked if he thought hedbe fully back by the Phoenix game. I definitely want to be ready for trainingcamp, and I think it will be close. But I think Ill definitely be ready forthe first game. So the immediate goal with all of this is to be ready for thefirst game, whether that means only playing in only half the preseason games orwhatever or just being smart.Its about being smart with my ankle. Theres no point intrying to get ready for October 1st, when another week mightsignificantly help. Im trying to get ready for camp, but my main goal is to be110 percent for the first game of the season.STEINMETZ: Warriors 2012-2013 outlook: Issue No. 1 -- Bogut's health
Bogut, who started last season on the Milwaukee Bucks,fractured his left ankle on Jan. 25, and missed the remainder of the season. Heplayed in only 12 of 66 games, the fourth consecutive season he has missed timebecause of injury.The Warriors acquired Bogut in mid-March in a deal thatincluded Monta Ellis and Ekpe Udoh.Warriors general manager Bob Myers had indicated earlierthis offseason that Bogut would likely be 100 percent by the start of trainingcamp. But it seems unlikely Bogut will participate in all of training camp,particularly early on.Then again, its doubtful Bogut would have participated inall aspects of training camp even if he were weeks ahead of where he isnow.Obviously thats going to involve two-a-days, Bogut saidof those first practices. So, lets say I have a great session in the morningand the ankle pulls up a little sore. Weve got to be smart in early October.Theres no point in trying to be a hero and pushing myself and having asetback.Throughout this process weve been very cautious and Iexpect to do the same throughout training camp. Hey, if I get through a sessionor two and feel fine, Ill probably want to go another session. But its amatter of monitoring it very smartly and not doing something stupid.Bogut said he has been running on the treadmill in recentweeks, and he hopes to be cleared for on-court running in a couplefew weeks.Hes been lifting weights and shooting throughout the summer even going backas far as last April when he had his boot on.Bogut had surgery after sustaining the injury, then hadanother procedure in April to clean out debris.Thats still probably hard to speculate since Ive justbeen cleared to start light jogging, Bogut said of when he anticipates being full-speed.Its probably going to be another couple of weeks until I start jogging on thecourt. So hopefully that will still give me enough time to get ready fortraining camp. But I dont anticipate not being ready for the first game.Bogut is currently working out in Australia and plans onreturning to the Bay Area after Labor Day.

Warriors head coach Steve Kerr out indefinitely with chronic pain

Warriors head coach Steve Kerr out indefinitely with chronic pain

PORTLAND -- Still suffering with chronic pain after multiple back surgeries nearly two years ago, Warriors coach Steve Kerr will step away from his duties for an indefinite period.

Kerr made the announcement Sunday afternoon, one day after he was unable to attend Game 3 of the first-round playoff series against the Trail Blazers at Moda Center. He conceded the possibility he could miss the rest of the postseason.

“This past week for whatever reason, things got worse,” Kerr said from the team hotel. “My symptoms got worse. And I was not able to coach. The last few days have been difficult.

“With things getting worse, I just made the decision I couldn’t coach. As of now, I’m consulting with my doctors. I’m hoping for some improvement. If I can get some improvement, I’ll get back on the sidelines. But I’m not going to do that unless I know I can help the team.”

Assistant coach Mike Brown, a three-time NBA head coach who guided the Warriors to a 119-113 comeback win in Game 3, will serve as acting head coach during Kerr’s absence and will be on the sideline for Game 4 Monday night.

No matter what happens, Kerr said, he plans to assist in game preparation and remain involved with players and staff for the duration of the postseason.

“At this point in the season, we all have a feel for our team,” Kerr said. “Early in the season, it probably wouldn’t have been that way. It’s great that we’ve had the year together. It’s great that Mike has coached in this league 10 years and has coached in The Finals. He knows what he’s doing. The team is in great hands regardless.”

While spending Game 3 at the team hotel Saturday watching the game with his son, Nick, Kerr pointed out that some of the substitutions he thought should be made were, in fact, made seconds after crossing his mind.

Kerr said he did feel somewhat better Sunday than he did on Friday and Saturday.

Kerr has been coping with severe side effects since the summer of 2015. Though he has said his back was improved by the surgeries, a spinal leak has resulted in frequent headaches and neck pain.

Two days into training camp in September, barely a month after his second surgery in seven weeks, he took an indefinite leave of absence, returning Jan. 22, 2016 and coaching the final 39 regular-season games as well as the postseason.

But after laboring through 2016 training camp and the regular season -- often wearing a pain patch on the back of his neck -- the chronic anguish never went away, being by turns uncomfortable and excruciating. Kerr made it through only the first two games of the postseason.

He clearly was in discomfort during Game 2 Wednesday night at Oracle Arena and felt no better after an off-day Thursday. During his post-practice news conference Friday, before the team flight from Oakland to Portland, Kerr constantly shifted his body and grabbed his head.

Kerr was unable join the team for shootaround Saturday morning, and four hours later the Warriors announced Kerr would not attend Game 3.

“This is not going to be a case where I’m coaching one night and not coaching the next,” Kerr said. “I’m not going to do that to our team, to our staff.

“We’re hoping that over the next week or two, whatever it is, I can sort of make a definitive realization or deduction, or just feel it, that I’m going to do this or not.”

Kerr has tried various pain-killing drugs, as well as medicinal marijuana, in hopes of alleviating his chronic pain. Nothing so far has provided consistent relief, and some medications that have helped were offset by nausea and other side effects.

Kerr is in the third year of a five-year contract signed in May 2014. His 207-39 regular-season record is the best in NBA history by any coach over a three-year span.

Blazers big man Nurkic ruled out for Game 4 vs Warriors

Blazers big man Nurkic ruled out for Game 4 vs Warriors

Programming note: Warriors-Blazers Game 4 coverage starts Monday night at 6:30pm with Warriors Pregame Live on NBC Sports Bay Area, and streaming live right here.

The Warriors hold a 3-0 lead in their first-round playoff series with the Blazers after Saturday's 119-113 win. 

For the first time this series, the Warriors went up against Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic, who returned from a leg fracture. Nurkic started and played a total of 16:40 in Game 3. 

In his return, the "Bosnian Beast" was a non-factor on offense. He only scored two points, but did grab 11 rebounds. And his return was even shorter than expected. 

Blazers head coach Terry Stotts ruled Nurkic out for Game 4. 

Nurkic averaged 15.2 points and 10.4 rebounds per game in 20 games for the Blazers after Portland acquired him in a trade with the Nuggets.