Andrew Bogut is not ready to return from his rehabilitation of a left ankle injury and is getting frustrated by the Golden State Warriors' public optimism.
"It's frustrating," said Bogut, who addressed the media Tuesday after missing consecutive practices in which the team had said he was likely to participate. "People look at you and think, 'Why are you still hurting? It's just an ankle.' That's the feeling I get sometimes. ... You feel like you're letting down the team, the fans and the organization."
Bogut had microfracture surgery in April, a more serious procedure than the Warriors' claim he had minor arthroscopic surgery.
The Warriors have continually raised expectations of when Bogut would be ready to play, whether it was for the Olympics, the start of training camp or beginning the regular season playing 20 minutes per game.
"That's not going to happen. I can tell you that right now," Bogut said. "I'm still a little ways off. It's an interesting rehab, because there's no real timeline for it. I'll be back when I'm ready to play at 100 percent."
"We're not pressuring him," head coach Mark Jackson said. "I want him back when he's healthy. We're going to hold down the fort and take care of business. We're more than capable of going out and taking care of the job. We don't want him on the floor until he's 100 percent. You get uncomfortable and more frustrated when you try to rush it back."