Andrew Bogut eyes opening-night return

Golden State Warriors center Andrew Bogut is hoping to return to action in time for the team's Oct. 31 season opener against the Phoenix Suns as he recovers from a foot injury he suffered during the 2011-2012 season.

Bogut fractured his left foot on Jan. 25, while playing for the Milwaukee Bucks, was subsequently traded to the Warriors and has yet to play a game for Golden State. He has not been cleared for 5-on-5 or full contact, but hopes to do so in the coming days.

"After the trade, you obviously want to be out there," Bogut told CSN Bay Area."That's the dangerous thing about these injuries. I can't let what other people are thinking and wanting affect the injury. I need to come back 100 percent. I want to be out there. I've thought of many scenarios, and I want to be 100 percent ready for that first game."

He is hoping to get the go-ahead to participate in full scrimmages within the next week. It will be an important step in the rehabilitation process for the former Utah Ute if he is going to have a chance to play come Oct. 31. If he cannot go, Festus Ezeli will start in his place.

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