MILWAUKEE — In early October, after a Milwaukee Bucks' exhibition game against the Charlotte Bobcats in Green Bay, center Andrew Bogut let it be known he didn't think he would be 100 percent all season because of right hand and elbow injuries he suffered in a gruesome fall late in the previous season.
That proved to be the case as Bogut battled the lingering effects of the injuries, both mentally and physically, throughout the recently concluded Bucks season. Bogut, from Australia, offered proof of the discomfort he endured during the season the other day at the team's training facility when he displayed a small medical jar containing the bone fragments taken out of his elbow during arthroscopic surgery April 12.
"I wasn't exaggerating when I said I was in pain," Bogut said as he held up the jar.
The Bucks shut down Bogut for the final four games of the season so he could have surgery to remove the loose particles and scar tissue.How he responds to his latest surgery remains to be seen, but Bogut is optimistic he will be much better off than he was this season.
"I think it should definitely get me a little more pain-free than I was this season," he said. "(People) thought I was crazy because I was complaining about pain and felt like I was complaining too much, but I've got a jar full of loose bones that they took out of my arm.
"I had six incisions to take out scar tissue and bone formation and I'm pretty sure it's going to be better than it was. How much better, I don't know yet. There was a lot of stuff in there."
Bogut had problems with range of motion in the elbow but was encouraged to hear from James Andrews, who performed the surgery, that while Bogut was under the anesthesia, Andrews was moving Bogut's elbow around and that he had full mobility.
Bogut missed the final six regular-season games and the seven playoff games against Atlanta in the 2009-'10 season because of the injuries and had surgery last April. But coming into training camp, he knew he still wasn't right.
"In training camp, just to feel the ball in my hands was foreign," he said. "In my right hand, it didn't feel good. I knew that I was just going to concentrate on grabbing rebounds, blocking shots and being a defender, and in some games I was going to have 20 (points) and some games I was going to have five. That was just the reality of it for me."