Andrew Bogut Injury In Cavs Debut: Under A Minute To End It; Here's The Details
Andrew Bogut falls to what looks like a season-ending injury in his debut with the Cleveland Cavaliers against the Miami Heat Monday night (Mar. 6) in the National Basketball Association (NBA). The game ended with the Cavs losing to the Heat 106-98. The Cavs released a statement through their website that initial X-rays showed that the injury is a fracture of the left tibia that could mean sitting out for months rather than weeks.
Gone with the wind
According to Washington Post, in just 58 seconds after being subbed 11 minutes into the second quarter, Andrew Bogut tried to close out Heat player Okaru White by springing into the perimeter but instead cause an injury to himself when his shin crashed into White's left knee. The impact fractured his left tibia.
Catches breaks In All The Wrong Places
Andrew Bogut never seems to get a break in his career in the NBA. He was selected as the overall first round pick by the Milwaukee Bucks in the 2005 NBA season.
Per Sports Illustrated, the feat made him the first Australian ever to be picked number one overall, but the seasons after that did not look as rosy as he was hounded by injury after injury. In his 12-year tour of duty in the NBA, he has suffered from a sprained or fractured ankle, a sprained wrist, a dislocated elbow, and toss in a recurring injury to his knee.
What The Future Holds For Bogut
In the light of Andrew Bogut's injury, the Cavalier's championship defense still looks strong on paper. The still have pieces in their team to mount a credible championship run for the NBA title. The player was supposed to be a reliable backup for a loaded team.
Now, the Cavs need to scout the NBA free agent market again to look for a replacement for him depending on the severity of the injury. But when they do, an Andrew Bogut contract will cost the Cavs $385,000 not including taxes.
If the injury did not happen, this could have been the revenge Andrew Bogut was looking for on the Golden State Warriors who traded to accommodate Kevin Durant in their line-up as per NBA rules on salary. All this crisis happened after Bogut's season just needed a minute to end it.