Bogut says Rio 2016 is 'highly unlikely'


Golden State Warriors center Andrew Bogut believes it is "highly unlikely" he will be able to represent Australia at the upcoming Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. 

Bogut injured his left knee when he collided with a falling J.R. Smith mid-air in the third quarter of the Warriors' game five loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals.

The Australian has been ruled out for the next six to eight weeks, but was able to avoid surgery. 

While the 31-year-old did not go as far as to rule himself out of Rio 2016, he did not offer much hope of being fit.

"I'm not great at maths, but six to eight weeks minimum is what I've been told, so it is very unlikely at this point, to be honest," Bogut said ahead of game six on Thursday.

"We are going to re-evaluate it in a month and if a miracle happens and it feels great in a month and I can get back on the court, we'll see. But as of now, it's not looking good."

He added: "I heard two cracks - that's the bone on bone.

"It's not worth much, but it could have been worse than it is, but it's still pretty bad."

Bogut also believes the contact with Smith may not have entirely been an accident.

"I don't know how he fell and all that, but tough for interpretation," he said. "I blocked his shot. 

"Somehow he cannon-balled right into my shin with his shoulder. It was very painful."