Warriors' Bogut not talking timetable for return

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Warriors' Bogut not talking timetable for return

OAKLAND Will he or wont he?Thats the question for Warriors center Andrew Bogut. Willhe or wont he play in the teams season-opener on Oct. 31, against the Suns inPhoenix. And if he doesnt play on that night then when?Well, either Bogut doesnt know or he isnt telling, and bythe sound of things it seems to be the former.A week ago, Warriors general manager Bob Myers announcedthat Boguts fractured left ankle was progressing well, but that the team wasnot going to put a timetable on his return.At the start of training camp, Bogut said his goal was toplay in a preseason game or two and be ready for the opener. But Bogut missedall eight preseason games.Bogut has been cleared to participate in allbasketball-related activities by the surgeon, Dr. Richard Ferkel, who performedthe surgery on the ankle after Bogut injured in January.Still, though, Bogut has not yet felt comfortable enough toplay five-on-five full-court and he is still playing without any contact.Heres a transcript of an interview with Bogut done on Saturday afternoon afterGolden States practice.It seems like you have definitely done more in thepast three to five days. Is that fair to say?Bogut: Yeah, a little bit. Still, there are noannouncements planned (on when hell return). Ill get back when Im ready, soIm not going say anything as far as a chance Ill play or not a chance. Werestill on that original announcement.How frustrating is it that youre talking aboutthis injury most of the time and not playing?Bogut: Thats part of the business everyonewants to know. I was a big part of the trade. Obviously Monta (Ellis) is outthere and (Ekpe) Udoh is playing and Im not playing. So everyone is askingwhen Ill be ready. Fans are excited and people want to see what I can do outthere. I can understand it, but hearing it every day does get frustrating,especially when you make an announcement and say this is where were at.I know, its only natural for you media to see me doingsomething and then ask: Whats going on? But my mindset is sticking to thatannouncement and once Im literally an inch from playing, you guys will know.So, what are you able to do now and whatnot?Bogut: No contact yet. So all movement, halfcourtstuff. Im moving around prettywell and hopefully well step it up a little next week.So, where youre at right now is Bogut: Still on the announcement we made a weekago. Im not going to say much more than that. I dont want to come out and sayIm going to play and everything is feeling fine and then two days later I geta bit of swelling and I miss a practice.And then you guys are like Whats going on? And I alsodont want to say theres no chance Im going to be because you never know. Imjust going to leave it at that announcement, play it by ear and see how we go.How has the ankle been feeling the day afterworkouts?Bogut: Its been feeling very good and itsresponding well. Surprisingly I havent had a whole lot of swelling and tightnessissues. So, pretty positive but just have to keep doing it for a long period.

Warriors, Cavs to square off in ultimate NBA Finals trilogy

Warriors, Cavs to square off in ultimate NBA Finals trilogy

The Trilogy has arrived.

The Warriors. The Cavaliers. Facing each other in the NBA Finals for the third consecutive postseason. The series begins June 1 with Game 1 at Oracle Arena.

With a 135-102 victory over the Celtics Thursday night in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals, the Cavs advance to face a Warriors team riding the wave created by being the first club in NBA history to start the postseason with 12 straight wins.

With the teams splitting the first two Finals, the Warriors winning in 2015 and the Cavs prevailing last June, this one is to break the tie.

In the meantime, both teams have done some significant retooling.

The Warriors last summer added four-time scoring champion Kevin Durant, along with veterans JaVale McGee, Zaza Pachulia and David West.

Though LeBron James remains the hub of the Cavs, the team made several in-season changes, most notably adding veterans Kyle Korver and Deron Williams.

The Warriors came into the playoffs having earned the No. 1 overall seed by virtue of their NBA-best 67-15 record. They’re 27-1 since March 11, having ended the regular season by winning 15 of their last 16 games before taking out Portland, Utah and San Antonio in four games each to reach The Finals.

The Cavaliers (51-31) held the top seed in the East for most of the season before staggering over the final six weeks, going 9-12 over their final 21 games, including four consecutive losses to end the season.

Cleveland seems to have recovered from its late-season slump, sweeping Indiana and Toronto in the first two rounds before ousting the Celtics in five.

The Warriors and Cavs split two games in the regular season, each team winning on its home floor. Cleveland took a 109-108 decision on Christmas Day, while the Warriors came back for a 126-91 on Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Oakland.

The NBA Finals schedule can be seen below. 

Game 1 – Thu  June  1  Cleveland at Golden State          6:00PM  

Game 2 – Sun  June  4  Cleveland at Golden State          5:00PM  

Game 3 – Wed  June  7  Golden State at Cleveland          6:00PM  

Game 4 – Fri  June  9  Golden State at Cleveland             6:00PM  

Game 5 * Mon  June 12  Cleveland at Golden State          6:00PM  

Game 6 * Thu  June 15  Golden State at Cleveland          6:00PM  

Game 7 * Sun  June 18  Cleveland at Golden State          5:00PM    

Myers: 'It's painful' that Kerr not able to treasure being in NBA Finals

Myers: 'It's painful' that Kerr not able to treasure being in NBA Finals

OAKLAND -- Warriors coach Steve Kerr is no closer to resuming full-time duties than he was a week ago, or even a month ago.

Out since April 23, when he announced he was taking a leave of absence to address chronic pain in the wake of multiple back surgeries nearly two years ago, Kerr has been a constant presence the past two weeks but not on the bench during games.

“He’s doing everything but coaching, but at this point, he’s not able to coach,” general manager Bob Myers said Thursday after practice. “I wish could say that he was. I’m sure he wishes he could as well. But that’s where we are.

“If something changes and he feels better, I’ll sit here or, better -- he would sit here -- and tell you. But right now, I can’t say that he’s going to be coaching.”

Though Kerr did not address media Thursday, he indicated earlier this week that he would be comfortable going into the NBA Finals, which begin June 1, with acting head coach Mike Brown at the helm.

“We’re 12-0,” Kerr told NBCSportsBayArea.com. “I feel great about where the team is. I know we can play better. I think the challenge we’re about to face, one way or the other, is going to take us to another level.”

The Warriors under Kerr finished the regular season with a league-best 67-15 mark, earning the No. 1 overall seed for the playoffs. Kerr coached Games 1 and 2 of the first round against Portland before surrendering head coaching duties to Brown.

The Warriors are 10-0 since Brown took over, 27-1 over their last 28 games since March 11.

Still, they would like Kerr to regain health and join them in their quest for a second championship in three years.

“It’s hard for me; I’m kind of in this basketball mode,” Myers said. “But he’s a person and he’s not feeling well. And that’s what makes it hard. More than how it reflects on our team is how he’s feeling that makes it very difficult to have to sit here and say that the man that’s hugely responsible for us being in The Finals for three years in a row, in a moment that he should be treasuring, can’t do it.

“It’s painful. And I know it’s painful for him, more than anybody. And I wish and he wishes and I’m sure you guys do, too, that there was something that could get him there. But right now, we’re not at that point.”