Bogut injury not serious – Lakers coach
Los Angeles Lakers coach Luke Walton says Andrew Bogut’s groin injury is not serious and he expects the Australian centre to be ready for their opening game of the NBA regular season.
Yes, he has been dogged by injuries, but big man Andrew Bogut can provide something that is in short supply on a youthful Lakers roster: experience.
The groin injury struck Bogut just as he overcame a broken leg suffered last season playing for the Cleveland Cavaliers.
We expect him back by the start of the season for sure, Walton, referring to the Lakers’ regular season opener against the LA Clippers on October 19, said.
Mitchell Trubisky provided a good spark for the offense, that’s for sure, and the defense keeps playing over its head despite being further shorthanded. Still, the overall results aren’t good because of talent voids in critical areas.
Kyle Shanahan is coaching well enough to give the Niners a chance in every game … but not well enough to seal the deal. Red zone issues and running game inconsistency have been the culprits.
At the same time, I think attributing Chamberlain’s desire to avoid fouling out strictly to vanity is a mistake. Pretty obviously, there was an immense drop-off from Chamberlain to his backup, which is why he averaged 45.8 minutes per game for his NBA career. (This probably doesn’t get enough notice.) So what was worse for Chamberlain’s teams: him playing less aggressively to avoid fouls, or him fouling out?
Granting that I wasn’t there and can’t say just how limited Chamberlain was in foul trouble, I think Havlicek and other critics are probably confusing correlation with causation here. The problem wasn’t how Chamberlain played in foul trouble; it was him getting in foul trouble in the first place.