Yesterday Stephen Curry came out strongly in favor of Warriors head coach Mark Jackson, stating that everyone in the locker room supports him “100 percent,” and how he hopes his opinion of Jackson would at least be considered by management.
Andrew Bogut isn’t quite as high on the Warriors’ totem pole as Curry, but he’s by no means afraid to speak his mind on a variety of subjects. When a reporter asked about Curry’s comments and whether this week was a time when the team needed to rally around Jackson, Bogut sounded more like a realist than a cheerleader.
“He’s the coach. He makes the decisions. We’re not silly enough to believe anything else. He chooses his staff and he decides which players play minutes and which players don’t. We respect Coach wholeheartedly for that. He’s the head honcho, and everybody else kind of has to be his support staff. If he felt like it wasn’t getting done that way, it’s his decision,” said Bogut, who explained later that Jackson’s decision to reassign Brian Scalabrine affects him more than some of the other players on the team.
“Scal was my individual coach. I had a great relationship with Scal. Obviously you never want to see anybody go. But like I said, at the end of the day, Coach makes the decisions. I don’t think it’s going to affect chemistry too much. Players have their chemistry, coaches have their chemistry … it’s not going to affect the players’ locker room too much.”
I asked Bogut about what Scalabrine did for him specifically. There are six baskets at the Warriors practice facility in downtown Oakland, and after practice the players are spread out at different ends of the three courts, working on drills. But I was unaware that certain coaches only worked with certain players.
“Scal was my workout coach. We all individually have workout coaches that are assigned to players. Each coach will have two or three guys, and basically when we have days that we do individuals or pregame shooting, Scal was my guy. He was assigned to me. Obviously now I’ve got a different guy, and move on,” said Bogut, who minimized the potential impact or distraction a change like this can cause so late in the season.
“That’s just the way it goes, that’s just the way this business is. It doesn’t matter if it happens in October or February, it’s something you’ve got to adjust to and move on from. You can’t cry about it. You’re professional. At the end of the day, you’ve got to come out and play when the lights come on.”