The Golden State Warriors are a team that a lot of people think could make some serious moves this year in the Western Conference. With Steph Curry returning from injury, Andrew Bogut hopefully returning to form, Harrison Barnes arriving, and a slew of developing youngsters and the proven David Lee, there are reasons to be optimistic about the Warriors.
A lot of what the Warriors want to do this year relies on Andrew Bogut. He is the only proven defensive player on the team, and a frontcourt combination of Bogut and Lee could spell trouble for a league that is beginning to get very small.
It looks like Andrew Bogut is welcoming the expectations, and is already raising the bar for his new teammates.
Via Slam Online, Bogut wants to see some fight out of his new teammates. No, not just figuratively. He literally wants to see some fight, and some scuffle:
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.
For a team that obviously tanked at the end of last season to get prime draft position, someone needed to step up and assume a strong leadership role. Andrew Bogut is one of the most proven players on this roster, so it’s only fitting that he stepped in.
To be clear, he isn’t saying that he wants his teammates to brawl in practice. He wants them to care to the point where they begin to take losses personally, whether it be in games or during practice. He references the intensity of proven winners like Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce by saying that the true competitors aren’t afraid to get in someone’s face if someone is doing something wrong.
Let’s see if his teammates follow Andrew Bogut’s words.
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