If there was one dark cloud hanging over the Golden State Warriors after their demolition of the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday night, it was that starting center Andrew Bogut missed his third straight game with what the team is calling “left shoulder inflammation.”
Whatever it is, the injury has fans a little bit concerned about the health of their defensive anchor, and it has also stirred up a bit of controversy between head coach Mark Jackson, Bogut, and the local media.
During his pregame press conference on Monday, Jackson said that Bogut would not play tonight and elaborated on the cause of the injury:
As far as I know, it wasn’t 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.
Then Bogut responded, via Rusty Simmons of the San Francisco Chronicle:
I just wanted to address that the sleeping comment is absolutely ridiculous. I don’t know where it came from. I don’t know if I should read between the lines with it. The frustrating thing is: I don’t know when I hurt it against Utah (on Jan. 31). I just know after that game, it was a little sore. It hasn’t gotten better.
Obviously, Bogut took exception to the “sleeping” comment, but then Jackson took things a step further during his postgame press conference, alleging that the media “twisted his words.”
“You can make it seem like I said something against Bogut that he slept and got hurt,” he said, via the Warrior Wire. “I can understand how you could take that and think, ‘Well, coach just took a shot at him.’ I said he legitimately was hurt. I expressed how it happened. So, please put the whole thing in there and not half the story.”
It will be interesting to see whether this saga lingers on, or Bogut returns to action soon and everyone forgets about it.