Andrew Bogut's ankle injury to be evaluated ahead of Kings season opener
Sydney Kings centre Andrew Bogut, fresh off his return from the Boomers’ World Cup campaign, sprained his ankle in a preseason game against the New Zealand Breakers on Thursday night, after slipping on a wet spot in-game.
Bogut was limping after the incident, and the team has confirmed the injury as a minor ankle sprain. The Kings confirmed the 34 year old big man’s status remained day-to-day for now, and that he would be reassessed over the coming weekend, to determine if he would be ready for the team’s season opener.
Bogut had six points, assists rebounds and two assists in nearly 15 minutes.
Sydney took Thursday night’s preseason win against the New Zealand Breakers at Brydens Stadium, 81-64 (box score) with Casper Ware’s 23 points leading the Kings. Next Star RJ Hampton led the Breakers with 18 points (5/15 FG), along with 8 rebounds and 7 assists.
“Offensively, I felt like his passing and screening is really hard to account for, and it gets guys to cut hard – he’ll reward you, he’ll find you,” Kings head coach, Will Weaver shared after the game. “… It was just nice to plug him right back in and feel like he didn’t miss a beat.
“Defensively, we’ve still got to get a little more comfortable with what we’re trying to do. How we communicate with each other, and obviously closing our possessions with defensive rebounds, we’ve got to get better at that.”
The Sydney Kings play their final preseason game against the Illawarra Hawks on Sunday, 29 Sep at the WIN Entertainment Centre at 3:00pm. This game will be streamed live over Facebook, via the league and respective teams’ Facebook pages.
The Kings tip their season off against the Cairns Taipans on 4 October 2019.