Contra Costa Times: Yes, he missed all of his games following a midseason trade. Yes, he couldn’t train in the offseason. And yes, he missed the preseason entirely.
Andrew Bogut returned from his ankle injury to help the Warriors to a win in their season opener.
Bogut played 18 minutes, totaling eight points and six rebounds in his Warriors debut. His surgically repaired left ankle didn’t seem to bother him as much as his lack of conditioning. He scored, rebounded, bumped players who ran across the key.
He went from a game-time decision to showing flashes of the big man the Warriors envisioned. For the immediate future, he might have to cram his production in limited minutes. coach Mark Jackson said Bogut will be on a leash for the foreseeable future.
Golden State barely eked out a win over the Phoenix Suns — who may be the Western Conference bottom-feeder this season, in my opinion — so this isn’t necessarily a dynasty in the making. Plus, Samuel Dalembert figures to be an even tradeoff (or even an improvement) if Bogut’s offense is anything like what he gave the Bucks in his final two seasons. All isn’t lost in Milwaukee. Congrats to Bogut for making it back to good health in time for the regular season.
The Warriors plan to rest him on the second night of back-to-back games, so Bogut probably won’t play in anywhere close to 82 games this season. But wouldn’t it just be a kick to the gut if this season was the one where Bogut finally managed to stay healthy and produce for a full season?
Philadelphia Inquirer: In total, seven first-round draft picks from the NBA’s rookie Class of 2009 got extensions on their rookie deal.
Brandon Jennings was not one of those seven.
But perhaps none will smart quite so sharply with Jennings as the one signed seven minutes before the midnight deadline. Guard Jrue Holiday reached a deal on a four-year extension with the 76ers.
Right before he took the court against Denver Nuggets point guard Ty Lawson, I chatted up Jrue Holiday in front of his locker about the approaching deadline for him to get an extension done with the Sixers.
“Uh, yeah they came back with something,” Holiday said. “I think Ty (Lawson) and Steph (Curry) getting their deals done kind of helped me out and I feel they want to get my deal done too. My agent is doing a good job of keeping me informed because I’ve got some other things to focus on.”
Holiday didn’t want to tell me what the numbers were on his deal prior to the deal – I guessed four years at $11 million per and he looked at me sort of cockeyed – but a little after midnight they had an agreement: four years for $41 million.
The seven deals signed were:
Blake Griffin, 5 years, up to $95 million (if he qualifies for 5th year, $30 max criteria)
James Harden, 5 years, $80 million
Ty Lawson, 4 years, $48 million
Steph Curry, 4 years, $41 million
Jrue Holiday, 4 years, $41 million
Demar Derozan, 4 years, $40 million
Taj Gibson, 4 years, $38 million
All but Griffin’s deal came in the final days before the October 31st deadline for extensions of rookie contracts. For more on the workings or rookie extensions, see here at the terrific NBA CBA FAQ page.
Bucks.com: No garden gnomes (in fact, the prizes are actually much nicer), but the Bucks are hosting a scavenger hunt across Milwaukee this morning.
On Thursday afternoon, the Bucks are going to be dropping some clues to a few of Bango’s favorite Milwaukee landmarks. If you look hard enough, you’ll find Bango hanging out with a brand new authentic game jersey and a pair of tickets to the Bucks Home Opener on Saturday night. Drop the password into @BucksBango’s ear, “I’m looking for my TICKET TO AMAZING” and the prize is yours!
Although the hunt isn’t yet officially on, we’ll give you an early hint. If you followed @bucks throughout training camp, you’ll have a leg up on the competition.