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Bogut had microfracture surgery on ankle; may be out months more

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UPDATE 5:07 pm: Andrew Bogut and Warriors GM Bob Meyers met with the media on Wednesday afternoon to try and clear the air, to say they were all on the same page and always have been. That they knew it would take time for Bogut’s ankle to heal after a serious surgery and there was never any timetable from the organization, no pressure for him to return. Sure.

But what also caught my eye was this quote, from the San Jose Mercury News:

Asked whether he thought his season might be in jeopardy, Bogut said he thinks he will return — though it could take “one, two or three months.”

Great. Just great.

2:57 pm: Well, this explains better what is going on with Andrew Bogut and his slower-than-expected return from ankle surgery last April. It also raises questions of why the Warriors keep coming up with artificial timelines, but we’ll get to that.

The Warriors had said Bogut went in just to have his ankle scoped and some debris removed, but that’s not what happened once the doctor was inside reports Marcus Thompson at the Contra Costa Times (via CSNBayArea.com).

Bogut, on the other hand, went in to get his left ankle cleaned out of scar tissue and bone fragments. When Dr. Richard Ferkel was inside, he noticed a “minor” cartilage issue and he addressed it with a form of microfracture surgery. The major part of the surgery, the source said, was cleaning out the debris.

The important thing, another source said, is the microfracture surgery part of the procedure was accounted for when Ferkel gave the Warriors his timetable for Bogut’s return.

What timeline? A clearly frustrated with how this is going down Bogut said Tuesday there is no timeline.

First off, Warriors, just admit what happened up front and fans can deal with it. I get both Bogut and the Warriors wanted to get back as soon as possible, so you both suggested very optimistic timelines, but you can’t rush these things if you are in for the long term. Leading fans on with “oh, it was just a scope job and he’ll be back at the start of the season” raises false expectations. Same with saying he’d be out 7-10 days when he pulled himself out after four games.

What should the expectations be now? Who knows? Bogut doesn’t. The Warriors don’t. Maybe it’s a couple of weeks. Maybe it’s close to Christmas. Maybe it’s in 2013. The Warriors need him back, but back healthy.

It’s better to accept the uncertainty than to put false deadlines out there.

TNT to cover NBA games with only former players, no traditional play-by-play men

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NEW YORK (AP) — TNT will use broadcast teams featuring only former players and no traditional play-by-play men during five NBA doubleheaders later this season.

The “Players Only” schedule runs Monday nights from Feb. 27 to March 27 and includes matchups such as Golden State-Oklahoma City on March 20 and Cleveland-San Antonio a week later.

Brent Barry will serve as the primary host of one team with Derek Fisher and Grant Hill, while Greg Anthony partners with Kevin McHale and Richard Hamilton on the other.

Lisa Leslie and Dennis Scott will serve as reporters.

Turner Sports says Thursday that Chris Webber will anchor the studio coverage with Isiah Thomas and Baron Davis, and that additional NBA players will contribute to the five-week program.

James Harden presents fan with game ball on her 100th birthday (video)

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HOUSTON (AP) — James Harden took some time out after the Houston Rockets’ win over the visiting Milwaukee Bucks to give a fan a present on a her 100th birthday.

Video shows Harden signing a ball for the woman and spending a few moments sitting next to her in her courtside seat and posing for pictures Wednesday night.

Harden told ESPN’s Doris Burke in an interview that he told the woman how “blessed” he was to be able to have a chance to meet her.

The Houston guard also put on a good show for the fan during the game, scoring 38 points in a 111-92 victory over the Bucks.

Paul George dunks on DeMarcus Cousins while getting whacked in the face (video)

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Kings center DeMarcus Couins appears set to become the first player to sign as a veteran designated player. The Pacers hope Paul George will follow.

But in the Pacers’ win over the Kings yesterday, George beat Cousins.

Not even Cousins thwacking George in the face could stop this dunk.

Report: Khris Middleton could return to Bucks before All-Star break

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The Bucks projected Khris Middleton to miss about 70 games when he tore his hamstring before the season. That extended absence often leads players just to shut down for the year, but Middleton vowed to return in time for the playoffs.

He might get back far sooner than that.

Marc Stein of ESPN:

Sources told ESPN.com the Bucks think Middleton, who suffered a hamstring tear just days before the season began, “has a chance” to return to the lineup during a three-game homestand next month before the All-Star ‎break.

Whether Middleton ultimately makes his season debut before or after the All-Star Game, he is expected to be kept on a minutes restriction as he eases way his back from the injury, sources said.

The Bucks have started Tony Snell, who has held his own as an outside shooter. But Middleton will upgrade Milwaukee on Snell’s biggest strength and provide massive defensive improvement. After a strong start, the Bucks have really struggled lately on that end.

Giannis Antetokounmpo has led Milwaukee to a 20-21 record, though the team is better than its won-loss mark indicates. The Bucks will be even better with Middleton, who will rival Jabari Parker as their second-best player and fit seamlessly.