Tolbert: Can you compare what your body (feels like now) versus when you tried to come back earlier in the year (from a left ankle injury)?

Bogut: Oh, night and day difference. The first time it felt a little bit Jell-O-like - it wasn't as strong as I would have liked. I wanted to come back and play and give it a go, but obviously it wasn't ready. Right now it just seems much stronger, much more flexible. Obviously, I get some soreness after games - which is perfectly normal, and I can deal with the pain - but just knowing I have the confidence now to have the strength to push off, in a 48-minute game, whether I play 20 minutes, or 25, or whatever it is, it's definitely helping me.

Tolbert: What about the lungs? I've always felt like you can do as much training as you want and play pickup games, but there's nothing like getting out there in a game and reacting. Does it still take some time to build that wind up?

Bogut: Yeah, it definitely does. You're perfectly right - no matter how much I run on a treadmill or an elliptical, it's just not the same. You go out and you've got the anxiety of the fans watching you, and the pressure, and your heart's already beating, so with conditioning it is very hard to simulate game situations. But I think I'm definitely ahead of where I thought I'd be. I'm not sucking wind too much anymore, but there's definitely room for improvement.