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Warriors C Andrew Bogut out indefinitely

Warriors C Andrew Bogut out indefinitely

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Warriors center Andrew Bogut insists he will no longer even attempt to guess when he might return to the court for Golden State, saying only that he is out ``indefinitely.'' He plans to leave it that way until the day he is running layup drills to warm up for a game.

Nope, no more predictions or expectations from him - or his team - about when he might play only to have the timeline pushed back because of further issues with his surgically repaired left ankle.

``It's basically come down to saying indefinitely, because questions just keep coming up,'' Bogut said Thursday night before the Warriors hosted Denver. ``One day I'm just going to pop up and play and not tell anybody about it. At this point, because it's a distraction. We're 8-6 right now and everybody's talking about me. We're playing the best basketball we have in probably the last five years as an organization.''

The Australian center told the San Francisco Chronicle on Tuesday that his April ankle procedure was more extensive than was let on: It was actually microfracture surgery. General manager Bob Myers then acknowledged the surgery Wednesday, insisting the team didn't intend to mislead anyone by describing the procedure as only to clean out loose particles and bone spurs.

He publicly apologized Thursday night to anyone who might have questioned how the situation was handled.

``I'm fine with it. I have no dramas, no problems, with the way it's been handled,'' Bogut said. ``People's perceptions are always going to take its toll. I think Bob's a little frustrated with it. He keeps asking me, `Are you good?' They've been nothing but supportive. If anything I've probably been a little silly trying to come back a little earlier than I should have.''

Bogut, the No. 1 overall draft pick in 2005 out of Utah, missed the entire preseason and has played in just four games so far for the Warriors. He is averaging 6.0 points and 3.8 rebounds in 18.2 minutes.

The 7-foot Bogut was acquired in a trade from Milwaukee on March 13 that sent high-flying guard and fan favorite Monta Ellis to the Bucks. Bogut broke his ankle last Jan. 25 while with Milwaukee when he landed awkwardly against Houston, then missed the rest of the season.

``Obviously, I was an integral part of the trade but it shouldn't be about me right now,'' Bogut said. ``It's a frustrating injury for me mentally. No doctors, surgeon, our trainers, anybody, can say, `This is your day.' It's just not realistic, and I can't even circle a day on my calendar right now. I'm just stuck in the realm of, I do what I can and when it's ready, it's ready.''

He recently spent time rehabbing in Los Angeles under the supervision of Dr. Richard Ferkel, who performed his surgery. Earlier this month, the Warriors said they expected Bogut would be sidelined a week to 10 days. Last week they hoped he would be ready to return to practice Monday, but that didn't happen.

This is just the latest injury drama to plague Bogut during his career. He missed the end of the 2009-10 season when he dislocated his right elbow, sprained his right wrist and broke his right hand in a hard fall to the floor. The injury bothered him for much of last season.

Bogut, averaging 12.7 points, 9.3 rebounds and 1.6 blocked shots for his career, also missed significant time with an injured lower back in the 2008-09 season.

And for anybody questioning how seriously Bogut is taking his own recovery, he points out he isn't even walking his two Husky dogs in an effort to keep any extra pressure off his ankle, and ``it's killing me.''

``I get home at 4 o'clock and I'm icing three or four times before I go to bed,'' he said. ``I'll keep working at it every day. Once it's right, it's right. It's not a little injury I'm bouncing back from. Another thing is guys who have bounced back from this injury aren't 265-270 pounds and 7-feet tall. That doesn't work in my favor right now. That's a lot of load to put on an ankle.''

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Wizards' John Wall reveals he's about to start jogging in rehab from Achilles injury

Wizards' John Wall reveals he's about to start jogging in rehab from Achilles injury

A couple of weeks ago, John Wall was spotted at a Washington Mystics game with no brace to support his Achilles injury, a sign that his rehab from the injury was moving in the right direction. 

On Monday night at the 2019 NBA Awards, the Wizards point guard gave affirmation that he is indeed continuing to get healthier and stronger.

"I feel great, man," Wall told NBC Sports Washington's Chris Miller on the red carpet. "I'm doing a great job with my body, taking care of that."

Specifically, Wall has been able to slowly increase what he can do on his legs. The recovery and rehab for an injury as severe as his is a long road, and the point guard is making sure not to speed up the process and risk hindering the progress. However, he's about to reach a pretty big milestone in the journey during the coming weeks.

"I'm about to start jogging in like two weeks. Just riding the bike, I get to do exercises standing up now, so I don't have to sit down. I'm able to move, do ladder steps, doing those types of things," Wall said. "Just taking my time and progressing and letting everything heal the right way so I don't force myself back and get another injury."

As Wall continues to work to get back on the court, he's had plenty of motivational factors pushing him through some grueling months. His recent string of injuries have left some wondering if he'll still be an elite player when he finally.

He's heard those comments and he's using them to his advantage.

"I'm one of those guys that's very driven by all the hate and all the negative talk I'm getting. Keep it going," Wall said.

"Everybody said I can't be myself, I won't be nowhere near as good again. That's all the other stuff that's going to fuel me. I don't get upset about it, you're entitled to your own opinion. Please keep it going."

The haters have given Wall some extra juice, but so has his son Ace. Spending the offseason getting right has allowed Wall to work in another area of life: fatherhood.

The newest addition to his family has taken his desire for greatness to new heights.

"I've always had that drive that I want to be the greatest. To have a son like that, that's watching everything I can do. Even though he doesn't understand what's going on, he's putting memories in his head," Wall said. 

"So that gives me extra, extra motivation to another level I never thought I could. Like I said before, that's the best blessing a man could ever ask for is to have a son."

While Wall's offseason has been a busy one as he juggles rehab and being a dad, he's still been very involved in everything going on inside the franchise.

He's already chatted with first-round draft pick Rui Hachimura, and is excited for what is to come for the Wizards. Wall is also hoping that Hachimura will help improve his Japanese so that he can grow a larger following internationally. 

As the calendar slowly turns to July, both Wall and the Wizards' offseasons will ramp up. It's been an up and down time for both lately, but he's excited about the future.

"I think it's good," Wall said about the Wizards situation. "We added some pieces. See what we do in free agency to add some guys to bring back or we're going to go after somebody new. I think we'll be fine."

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Bradley Beal wins the 2019 NBA Cares Community Assist Award three years after John Wall

Bradley Beal wins the 2019 NBA Cares Community Assist Award three years after John Wall

While he was putting together the best season of his career, Wizards shooting guard Bradley Beal was also making a profound impact off the court and those efforts have earned him a significant honor, the NBA's 2018-19 Community Assist Award.

The news was revealed at Monday's NBA Awards in Santa Monica, CA as Beal got the nod over nine other finalists. He is the second Wizards player to win the honor in just the last four years following John Wall in 2015-16.

Beal was involved in a variety of charitable efforts this past season. He has partnered with the Ron Brown College Preparatory High School in Northeast Washington to help underprivileged youth. He visited the school in December and gave out shoes.

During the All-Star break in February, as he made his second appearance in the annual showcase, Beal handed out meals at a food bank alongside Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. This past year he also gave out Christmas presents in the Washington area and took a group of kids on a tour of the National Museum of African-American History and Culture.

Beal was named a finalist for the Community Assist Award in April along with Jarrett Allen (Nets), Mike Conley (Jazz), Khris Middleton (Bucks), Donovan Mitchell (Jazz), Dwight Powell (Mavs) and Pascal Siakam (Raptors). Part of the criteria was based on fan voting through social media that was held from April 24 through May 25.

Beal, 25, continues to ascend on the court as well. This year he posted career-highs in points (25.6/g), assists (5.5/g) and rebounds (5.0/g). He nearly made All-NBA in late May with the most votes of any guard that was left out.

In Beal and Wall, the Wizards have quite the combination. Both have been All-Stars on the court and now both can say they won the NBA's top honor for charity work as well.

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