Andrew Bogut injured his elbow and arm in a gruesome spring 2010 fall that knocked the Australian center out of the Milwaukee Bucks' playoff run and really limited Bogut's effectiveness during the Bucks' disappointing 2010-11 campaign. But Bogut tells HoopsHype's Jorge Sierra that while the elbow isn't completely pain-free, he feels quite a bit better.
It's much better. I had to get surgery again at the start of April. The Bucks told me to stop playing and have surgery. It's not totally pain free, but it's much, much better than last season. I'm training and shooting in the last month and I'm very happy with where I'm now, but there's still much more to do.
What killed Bogut's offensive effectiveness in '10-11 was his shooting stroke, never flawless to begin with but a disaster due to the injury. Bogut, who had hit 63 percent of his free throws in '09-10, shot just 44 percent from the stripe last season. Further, in an astounding bit of trivia, Bogut went 0-24 on long two-point jumpers. He'd never been a regular shooter from that range, peaking with 64 attempts as a rookie. But he'd consistently hit better than 30 percent of his long twos prior to the injury.
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