Bogut likely to be limited by injury all season

After sitting out the Milwaukee Bucks’ first three exhibition games with
soreness and swelling in his surgically repaired right hand, center
Andrew Bogut is dealing with his physical situation.

"I might not be 100% the whole year," said Bogut.

Bogut, a third-team all-NBA selection last season, suffered injuries to
his right hand, wrist and elbow in a gruesome fall on April 3. He sat
out the three exhibition contests after getting hit on the hand in
practice on Oct. 1.

With the start of the regular season a little over two weeks away, a general sense of urgency is starting to build as far as getting the entire team healthy. But Bogut is the biggest concern, since so much revolves around him.

The Bucks will have three more days of practice before playing three exhibition games in four nights beginning Thursday in Washington, and Bogut remains unsure when he will practice, as he waits for the swelling to go down.

"I’m just trying to be a little careful before the real season starts," he said. "I’d like to start practicing probably this week, but I think it’ll probably be another . . . they said it would be about seven to 10 days from when it first happened.

"The elbow, finger, everything . . . I won’t be 100%, so I’ll have to play through the pain through the season. Even once it gets better, I’m still going to be 90% for the year or 85%.

"I don’t have my mobility and flexibility like I should, but I just have to adjust to it."

Bogut was asked if that would make him apprehensive about getting hit when he does play.

"I hope not," he said.

Bogut joined John Salmons (right knee), Corey Maggette (left ankle), Carlos Delfino (right big toe) and Jon Brockman (left ankle) as players who did not play in Saturday’s game against Charlotte in Green Bay.

Brockman had been filling in for Bogut as the starting center but sprained his ankle on Friday in Detroit.

Coach Scott Skiles has been patient with the the rash of injuries now, but with the clock ticking down toward opening night, he is expressing a desire to get his players on the court, so the Bucks can see what kind of team they actually have.

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