Originally written on Pass The Pill  |  Last updated 11/17/14

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.

Follow us on Twitter

The post Andrew Bogut Wants Warriors to Scuffle in Practice appeared first on Pass The Pill.

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Pablo Sandoval 'cut things off at the root' with Giants

Scott Boras taking shots at Cubs' history over Kris Bryant

Kingdome debt finally paid off 15 years after demolition

49ers waive Jonathan Martin

Former MLBer Curt Ford assaulted, told to ‘go back to Ferguson’

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Russell Westbrook was very ‘confused’ by media after loss

NCAA 'concerned' over Indiana's 'religious freedom' bill

Report: James frustrated with Love’s inability to fit in

Shane Victorino rips radio hosts for twisting Hamels trade talk

Jerry Jones on Greg Hardy: He's paid a 'terrific price'

Senators to fans: Stop throwing hamburgers on the ice

Toronto Raptors limping into the playoffs

Best picks ever at every spot in first round of NFL Draft

Alonzo Mourning confirms “Who wants to sex Mutombo?”

CC Sabathia attempting to get healthier by getting … fatter?

You can bid on Andrew McCutchen’s recently cut locks

Is Chuck Pagano receiving the Jim Harbaugh treatment?

Wideouts wearing out their welcome

Dean Smith willed $200 to each of his former players

10 best coaches who have never been to the Final Four

Five under-the-radar American League MVP candidates

Michigan sent recruit Naseir Upshur’s girlfriend a letter

Five MLB teams that could disappoint in 2015

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Five under-the-radar AL MVP candidates

Michigan sent recruit's GF a letter

MLB teams that could disappoint

25 years ago, the best Sweet 16 of all time was pure madness

The 2015 bad quarterback carousel

17 facts to know before the Sweet 16

Agent: Sam was horrible at veteran combine

Keeping judo ‘pure’ in Europe means keeping MMA out

The Sweet 16 should be seen as success

On the Browns, Hard Knocks, questions and narratives

Sweet 16 West Region preview

Sweet 16 Midwest Region preview

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.