Mark Jackson may believe Andrew Bogut's shoulder injury occurred while the big man was sleeping, but the always irritable Aussie isn't taking his coach's comments lying down.
Bogut missed his third consecutive game on Feb. 10 with a bone bruise and inflammation in his left shoulder.
Per Diamond Leung of the San Jose Mercury News, Jackson wasn't exactly clear on the source of the malady:
As far as I know, it was not on the court. It wasn't in practice. It wasn't in a game. I'm not really sure. It may have been sleeping, and I say that in all seriousness, but it's important for us to make sure we continue to treat him, it's legitimate, and then let's be smart with it.
Bogut told the media shortly thereafter (per Leung): "It's gotten worse and worse, so I just wanted to address it. The sleeping comment is absolutely ridiculous. I don't know where it came from."
For a locker room that has been remarkably unified since Jackson took the reins, this is an unusual exchange. And it comes as Golden State Warriors fans are growing increasingly skeptical about Jackson's ability to pair any strategic substance with his blustery style.
Perhaps Bogut is fed up with his coach's rhetoric.
If that's the case, Jackson had better beware; the big man signed a three-year, $36 million extension this season and is clearly a part of the Warriors' core. Jackson makes just $2 million per year through next season.
Bogut has more leverage than MJax. And he's acting like it— Ethan Strauss (@SherwoodStrauss) February 11, 2014
Bogut is an ornery character to begin with, and it's probably not wise to read anything into his comments beyond frustration with his health. But if there's any deeper issue between player and coach, it's coming at a bad time.
Tonight for #Warriors: Andrew Bogut is out, David Lee is game-time decision, as is Jermaine O'Neal. Anybody seen Adonal Foyle?— Monte Poole (@MontePooleCSN) February 11, 2014
The banged-up Warriors need everyone pulling in the same direction.
Fortunately for the Dubs, it appears as though the comments between Bogut and Jackson were overblown:
Jackson said he and Andrew Bogut talked. "It's nothing." Said media didn't give whole story.— Marcus Thompson (@ThompsonScribe) February 11, 2014
It looks like we can put the rumors of tension to bed.