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OAKLAND – Andrew Bogut is not the oldest player on the Warriors, or even the second oldest.
His body argues otherwise.
Bogut, 29, has dislocated his right elbow, fractured his left ankle and broken his right hand. He has sustained a foot sprain, a wrist sprain and a back strain. He has endured a bone bruise in his knee, a leg contusion and at least one concussion.
And, last season, a few days before the Warriors would begin the playoffs, Bogut and his battered bones experienced something altogether new.
He fractured a rib.
"I could say it's bad luck,'' Bogut said during Warriors Media Day on Monday. "I could say somebody put a hex on me.
"I was having a great year (for the Bucks in 2009-10) when I broke my elbow. And when I started to recover from that, I broke my ankle. It's disappointing. It's frustrating. But in hindsight, you can't control it.''
The fractured rib that kept Bogut out of the playoffs and surely damaged the Warriors' chances of advancing past the first round lingered past April and into May. It was the latest addition to the lengthy injury/medical dossier that haunts the 7-foot, 260-pound center.
Moreover, it reinforced for some the perception that Bogut is brittle.
"In reality, I didn't want a punctured lung,'' Bogut said of risk associated with trying to play through the fracture. "I'd rather be called soft and injury prone by every fan, blogger and media personality than to puncture my lung.''
Bogut says he's healthy and will be ready to fully participate Tuesday morning when the Warriors open training camp at the team's downtown Oakland facility.
And he has no plans to go easy on his bones, saying if he'll be criticized if starts to avoid contact or if he continues to seek it out, sometimes at a cost.
"You pick your poison,'' he said. "I'm not going to change the way I play. My value is that I do little things. Can I be smarter? Sure.
The way I play is I take charges, I block shots and I set hard screens.
Bogut yearns for one full season of good health. In a nine-year NBA career, he has known only two such seasons.
So if he looks like the oldest man on the team, it's because his body is saying he is.