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.

Durant rips referee after ejection against Knicks: 'He was searching for me'

Durant rips referee after ejection against Knicks: 'He was searching for me'

With 2:50 left in Tuesday's game against the Knicks, Kevin Durant was ejected.

It's the fourth time this season that he's been thrown out of a game.

After the Warriors' 123-112 win, Durant didn't bite his tongue when asked about what happened between him and referee James Williams.

"In the first half, I was dribbling up the right side, I made a left to right cross. He said I carried, ah, you kinda let that go. I asked him 'Where'd you get the carry from?' He said 'You froze the defender.' I said 'That's what a crossover is for.' And that's why I do it, to freeze my defender. And he tried to make a bunch of excuses and I told him he was wrong," Durant said. "He went to halftime probably with an attitude and the second half, his whole thing was, he's trying to get me. So, look at my first tech. I got the rebound, dribbled the ball hard and he teched me up. He was searching for me, he lookin' to try to tech me up to get me back because he's still in his feelings from the first half. That's what been going on around the league the whole year, a bunch of that. I gotta keep my head a little bit, but I was upset."

Draymond Green attempted to hold Durant back prior to the ejection. Durant was asked about that after the game and was able to laugh about it.

"The irony," Durant said to much laughter from reporters at Oracle.

"I was not trying to hear it. He was right in doing so. I didn't want to get teched up or thrown out,  but I did want him to hear what I had to say," Durant said.

Durant can expect to hear from the league office regarding his comments.

LeBron joins 30,000-point club with buzzer-beater vs Spurs


LeBron joins 30,000-point club with buzzer-beater vs Spurs

SAN ANTONIO — LeBron James has joined the NBA's 30,000-point club.

James became the seventh player with 30,000 career points when he hit a jumper with one second left in the first quarter of the Cleveland Cavaliers' game against the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday night.

James was recognized by the arena before the second quarter and got a standing ovation from Spurs fans. James patted his heard and said "thank you so much."

James needed seven points Tuesday to get there. He missed his first two midrange jumpers before making two driving layups and a 20-footer. He hit the milestone jumper over Danny Green from 19 feet out.

The 33-year-old James joined Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387 points), Karl Malone (36,928), Kobe Bryant (33,643), Michael Jordan (32,292), Wilt Chamberlain (31,419) and Dirk Nowitzki (30,808) on the list.

At 33 years and 24 days, James is the youngest to reach the mark. Bryant was 34 years and 104 days when he got there.

The 14-time All-Star has averaged 27.1 points since breaking into the league as an 18-year-old in 2003.