Andrew Bogut Calls Mark Jackson's Injury Comments 'Absolutely Ridiculous'

Grant Hughes@@gt_hughesNational NBA Featured ColumnistFebruary 11, 2014

November 12, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors head coach Mark Jackson (left) talks to center Andrew Bogut (12) against the Detroit Pistons during the second quarter at Oracle Arena. The Warriors defeated the Pistons 113-95. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
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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 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.

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:

It looks like we can put the rumors of tension to bed.


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