Sunday, October 7th, 2012 at 11:39 am  |  6 responses

Andrew Bogut Wants His Teammates to Scuffle With One Another

The Golden State Warriors were just 23-43 last season, so it should come as no surprise that big man Andrew Bogut would like some changes in the overall attitude of the squad this year. But the way in which he’d like that attitude to change—that part’s a little surprising. Via NBA.com: “Bogut also has to bring that attitude that he talks about. ‘If I can influence other people to step up their up games defensively, that’ll be mission accomplished for me,’ he said. … Holding each other accountable. Being prepared to get in a teammate’s face. Now we’re getting somewhere. ‘If there’s not one fight in practice during the season — you never want to fight just to fight — but if there’s not one little scuffle or one little verbal, something’s wrong. Guys aren’t competing, guys aren’t there for the right reason, guys are just punching the clock,” he said. “I guarantee you if you interview the Lakers and the Celtics with Paul Pierce and Garnett, there’s scuffles at practice, there’s physicality, elbows thrown. You have to go through that when the time is right. If something needs to be said and someone doesn’t like it, you’ve got to go out and say, ‘Hey, that’s part of being the leader.’ This team won 20-something games last season [23]. Things have to change.’”

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  • spit hot fiyah

    there is truth in what he is saying, if u never reach the point in practice were it is about to boil over guys might not be competing like they should

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    Practice???? We talkin bout practice???

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Verified Account

    These warriors need a heart check

  • bigA

    I share a similar sentiment. On Saturday the topscorer of my team picked on me.
    From now on I will try to kill him in practise. It’s on. But I still love him like a brother because he is my teammate.

  • Bob

    Just what we need, an Indiana Pacers 2.0.

  • http://www.facebook.com/qcollingwood Interdico Scriptor

    Bogut is a rapper too. One time I was in Melbourne at a club called Baylors on like a Tuesday night late late and he was there with an entourage and the place was chilled and people were smoking cigars and stuff, anyway someone musta dared him to do it because outta the blue he just goes up the front and just starts rhyming… no shit. It wasn’t badass gansta shit (In fact I think it was Digital Underground). He was laughin’ his ass off and people were taking photos and the next morn I caught a bit of it on morning TV. You might even be able to YouTube it.. Classic!
    C’mon Bogey get back to health the NBA is is the worst shape for bigs I have ever seen. Where are the seven footers?
    In this day and age I hate to think what Mark Eaton would be rated… or Manute Bol… or Rick Smits… or Shawn Bradley… ya feel me?