The Big Guy here to revive the Warriors and resume his NBA career after two surgeries on his left ankle took the court with his face projecting constant pain.
Then Andrew Bogut missed his first shot, a left-handed jump hook.
Bogut then made his next two shots, two layups, the first of which came off a long feed from Stephen Curry to finish a fast break, and the second came after Bogut stood near the top of the key, dribbled between his legs and drove to the basket.
That grimace remained, even though there was no detectable limp.
And it stayed with Bogut even as he scored eight points, grabbed six rebounds and blocked a shot in his 18-minute Warriors debut, an 87-85 victory over the Phoenix Suns at US Airways Center on Wednesday night.
"Probably just my silly face, I suppose," Bogut said. "But I was fine."
He looked like a guy who hadn't played in awhile, getting winded early, recovering and coming back. He took turns of rust and skill.
"It's been a long time coming for me," said Bogut, who fractured his left ankle last January while playing for Milwaukee and underwent surgery shortly thereafter, and then a follow-up arthroscopic procedure in April. "It's been nine months since I've played basketball competitively. I felt great, my body felt great."
Andrew Bogut gives Warriors look of a winner
Oakland Tribune | Nov 1