Bogut in injury scare ahead of NBL start

Adrian Warren
Sydney Kings centre Andrew Bogut has suffered a knock to his knee ahead of Saturday's NBL tipoff

Andrew Bogut has been cleared to make his NBL debut in Sydney's season opener on Saturday after a brief injury scare on Thursday.

The former NBA No.1 draft pick and centre suffered a knock to his left knee at training and left the court to have it iced.

"It was knee to knee. I'll put some ice on it and I'll be fine for Saturday," Bogut said.

Sydney later released a statement saying Bogut had been cleared of any injury.

Earlier in training, Bogut was involved in a collision with guard Tom Wilson who suffered a minor knee ligament strain.

He hasn't been ruled out of Saturday's home game with Adelaide, with further assessments to be made on Friday.

Sydney coach Andrew Gaze said he was looking at Bogut playing around 27 to 33 minutes a game in his debut NBL season.

"His fouls and energy level is going to be the determining factor but we're going to play him as long as we possibly can," Gaze said.

Bogut was looking forward to finally playing some competition games.

"I'm used to an NBA pre-season, two weeks maximum, so two-and-half, three months is a long pre-season beating up each other and looking forward to doing it against Adelaide on Saturday."

Gaze insisted his team were still very much the hunters and were in chase mode despite being widely labelled title favourites.

"We've got to catch up to the Perths, the Melbourne Uniteds, the Adelaides, New Zealand," Gaze said.

"Forget about all the rubbish you might read or what other people say, the reality is they've achieved a higher level of success than what we have.

"Until such time as we can reverse those fortunes we know we're coming from behind and we've got to be respectful and appreciate that we've got a lot of catching up to do."

Sydney have lost their last nine games to Adelaide, the only team Gaze has yet to get a win against after two seasons in charge.

"We go in with a plan about how we're going to do it but we've got plan B and possibly C," Gaze said.

Kings and former Adelaide point guard Jerome Randle dismissed any suggestion the high tempo 36ers would come into Saturday's game heavy-legged after taking on Perth on Thursday.

"I know the type of motor that those guys have, they have a never give up attitude," Randle said.