Gold confetti fell into the air along the sell-out crowd in Oracle Arena. Fists raised up as the Golden state warriors celebrated their first round playoff victory against the Denver Nuggets.
Beyond the smiles and “we believe” posters, from all the cheers their stood the seven-foot center Andrew Bogut. He was jumping high along with his surgically repaired ankle and praising everybody.
Months before, he was the most scrutinized player in the Warriors uniform, after Golden state traded their star player Monta Ellis in exchanged for Andrew’s injury prone career. Nobody really believed it would work. Monta was basically the Warrior’s blood line in offense, and trading him to a player who mostly spent his time recovering from injury than playing in the court is somewhat frustrating.
It wasn’t Andrew Bogut’s fault anyways; he just came into the organization wherein he has a big shoe to fill up… bigger than his size 18 shoes. Andrew was always good but he could have been better; he block shots, rebound and post-up but somehow he never really gets to live up to his expectations because of injuries.
Along before the start of game 6, Andrew had to take pain killers, stood tall and suck it all up. These Playoffs serves as an opportunity to step up, be notice or get redemption. For Andrew this is the perfect time to prove everybody wrong. He was a valuable contributor while chipping in 14 points on top of 21 rebounds and 4 block shots. What’s scary about it is Andrew is still nursing a bone bruised on his already injured ankle. But he needs to do it; he needs to be there for his team, just as they have been there for him.
Andrew Bogut felt light and happy as he hugged Golden State Warrior’s owner, Joe Lacob. He just unloaded his emotional load and finally got to be appreciated.
Game six belongs to the Warriors. Stephen Curry is undoubtedly the MVP on that game, but Andrew certainly helped him.
Beyond the smiles and “We believe” posters, their stood Andrew Bogut – free from expectations, and more determined to succeed.