MILWAUKEE -- Bucks center Andrew Bogut is expected to start
Milwaukee's season opener at Detroit on Wednesday night after
rejoining practice over the weekend.
Bogut, the top pick in the 2005 NBA draft, was diagnosed with a
lower left leg sprain after he banged his leg into teammate Steve
Blake's knee during a scrimmage Oct. 7. The injury originally was
expected to sideline him six to eight weeks.
But Bogut returned to the court last week to shoot and do some
individual drills, then practiced over the weekend.
After taking part in a full practice Monday, Bogut said he
should be ready for the season opener.
"About Wednesday I did a fitness test and passed it," Bogut
said. "I did a full session Saturday and a full session today, and
I'm feeling fine."
He said his goal since the injury was to return in time for the
"It was more of a challenge to try to get back quicker," he
said. "Three weeks is good enough for me."
Forward Bobby Simmons has been sidelined with a heel injury.