OAKLAND -- The Warriors attempted to clear the air on the simmering topic of Andrew Bogut's troubled left ankle Wednesday.
After a San Francisco Chronicle story implied the center had grown frustrated by the organization's handling of his return, Bogut and general manager Bob Myers jointly briefed the media to let it be known that everyone is on the same page and there are no hard feelings.
"We're square, and I hope he feels the same way. I think he does," Myers said of Bogut. "We've always been square, and I would be concerned if that wasn't the case."
Sitting next to Myers after practice, Bogut supported the Warriors' company line.
"As far as the reports, there was never any pressure from the organization," he said. "The pressure was from was me, myself. After the big trade, I wanted to be out there to help my team and play basketball games, so the pressure never came from anybody -- Bob or Coach (Mark Jackson) or the owners. It was pressure strictly put on me by myself."
Moreover, Myers said there was no intent to deceive regarding the extent of Bogut's April surgery, which the player and the club made known Tuesday involved a more serious microfracture procedure.
"On any injury that occurs, I don't think there's any attempt at deception or omission," Myers said. "We convey it how we think is appropriate as long as we're on the same page with the athlete. I like to think that we are transparent, and that we always will be and try to do a good job informing the media."
Asked whether he thought his season might be in jeopardy, Bogut said no. He believes he will return at some point, but he doesn't know when.
"The season's five, six months before the playoffs, which we have a great chance of making," he said. "I don't think it's going to be five, six months. I hope it won't be. It would be a massive setback if it was. I'm not going to say a month or two months or three months, but I definitely think I'll be back."
In speaking with team officials Wednesday, Bogut said he requested that the team say he is on "indefinite leave" until he is ready to play and added he would have no more comment about timelines for his return.
Bogut, who has missed the past nine games, continues to be plagued by soreness and swelling in his surgically repaired left ankle. The 7-foot center won't play Thursday night's home game against Denver or Saturday's game against Indiana.
Bogut spent last week in Los Angeles rehabbing his ankle under the supervision of Dr. Richard Ferkel, who performed the surgery on Bogut in April. Bogut also received daily blood injections to try to stimulate healing in the repaired area of his ankle, a common treatment after microfracture surgery.
Bogut reiterated Wednesday that he might have delayed his recovery trying to play at the season's outset. Even though he maintained he didn't do any structural damage by appearing in four of the team's first five games, the swelling in his ankle prohibited him from fully following his rehab schedule.
"Did I rush back a little bit? Maybe," he said. "But I needed to test it out to see how it responded in an NBA environment, and obviously it didn't respond well. So we're not going to set any more timelines. Right now, when it's ready, it's ready."
Bogut did say that the microfracture procedure, which wasn't revealed publicly until Tuesday, significantly lengthened his recovery time.
"Of course it did, yeah," he said. "Without that procedure, I'm at eight weeks. That's July. But this procedure was obviously much more detailed and in-depth."
Myers was asked why the team didn't disclose the microfracture component at the time of the surgery.
"Any time somebody wants to look back and see how something was conveyed, you can potentially find fault," the G.M. said. "But I think you have to trust me, Andrew and trust the organization that we're trying to do things the right way and be honest. In this situation with Andrew, there's never been any intention to mislead. That serves no purpose for us.
"From an internal standpoint, we knew this was going to be a process," Myers added. "There were a lot of components to the injury he suffered that made it be a situation where it may take a little time. I don't think that element of it, knowing it from the get-go, changed any of our expectations and don't for that matter change them today as to how we approached it from the outset."
"It's so close," he said. "The thing you don't want is them sitting around here practicing but not getting any valuable game experience. It's certainly something we want to use."