Early this morning the Milwaukee Bucks were struck with the worst news possible, star center Andrew Bogut was going to be out for the rest of the year. Bogut’s nasty fall in the second quarter of last night’s matchup against the Phoenix Suns has to rival Shaun Livingston’s injury a few years ago. For those that may argue that no NBA fall can be compared to Livingston’s, Bogut’s fall led to a dislocated shoulder, a sprained wrist, and a broken hand.
While at the game as the Bradley Center crowd never returned to the same energy level after witnessing the injury and my mind focused on Bogut rather than the final outcome of the game, I could not help but think of the very similar situations that occurred earlier this season involving Bogut.
Minnesota Timberwolves @ Milwaukee Bucks on January 23rd, 2010
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Bogut properly and safely finished a fast break, up ahead alley oop pass from Jennings. Bucks fans should be very familiar with this play as it’s a definite Top 10 Team Play of the Year, as it started with Bogut blocking a Ryan Hollins dunk attempt, then Bogut retrieving his own shot block and whipping it behind his back to the outlet man in Brandon Jennings, Bogut continued to run the floor hard and capped it off with an alley oop dunk. (I strongly recommend going to take a look at this highlight, it really would help clear up any confusion you may have.)
Portland Trailblazers @ Milwaukee Bucks on December 12th, 2009
Bogut finishing a up ahead pass while swinging off the rim
Then, of course last night’s injury
Maybe it’s just me, but both of these instances show Bogut looking to be slightly and awkwardly unbalanced in both of these occurrences. I don’t want to harp on the obvious that Bogut slipped off the rim, I’d offer my recommendation to any players with the size and statue of Bogut to finish these plays off with a “flush” dunk instead of a hanging on the rim. For those of you who are unfamiliar with what is to have come known as a “flush dunk”, it’s when the dunker gracefully throws the ball down the hoop barely touching the rim. The flush dunk is Carmelo Anthony’s signature dunk attempt. (example of a flush)Whenever you’re that big and running full speed, even if you’re as coordinated as Bogut, soaring through the air to finish off a dunk and then deciding to hang and swing off is putting yourself at great risk. Now granted, Bogut may have felt as though Amare was walking under him at that time causing him to attempt to hang, I’m pretty sure it’s just become a bad habit.
The NBA’s most popular big man dunker, Dwight Howard does a great job displaying the safest way to cap off dunks as he avoids hanging on the rim more times than not. One of the few times you’ll ever see Dwight hang and swing two handed is when he’s in the post with the ability to finish a dunk on a simple drop step or pivot, exemplifying a Shaq-like motion.
My post isn’t intended to be “smart” or “cheesy” as I’m devastated having to Bogut’s season end like this, it’s merely my thoughts on the situation and my hope that this type of situation can be an avoidable one in the future.