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Mark Jackson asks media, “Please don’t twist my words,” says pregame Bogut controversy is “nothing”

Mark Jackson Golden State Warriors

When it was learned that Andrew Bogut and Jermaine O’Neal would miss Monday night’s game against the Sixers, the prevailing wisdom said the Warriors would need to go small because they had no choice. Interestingly enough, Mo Speights dusted off the part of his game that meant scoring in bunches, coming out of nowhere with a career-high 32 points in a 123-80 blowout of the Sixers.

Sunday night featured the fun sidelight of watching the Clippers/Sixers score to see if Los Angeles could win a game by the widest margin of all time. The Sixers actually staged a comeback of sorts in the fourth quarter to make the final score closer than it was throughout most of the second half.

The Clippers won by a score of 123-78.

Philadelphia isn’t just tanking, they’re an embarrassment to the game. A pox. The less time spent watching Spencer Hawes pretend to get back in transition, the better.

The true story of this game has to do with comments Mark Jackson made before the game, about Bogut’s shoulder injury.

Here’s more from Jackson’s pregame comments, via Diamond Leung of the Mercury News:

Jackson said before the game he did not know how Bogut got hurt before offering these comments:

“As far as I know, it was not on the court,” Jackson said. “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, but it’s important for us to make sure we continue to treat him, it’s legitimate, and then let’s be smart with it. We’re looking ahead at a whole week of rest and recovery, and we need him.”

Before tipoff, word of those comments got to Bogut. Not surprisingly, the Warriors starting center sounded pretty upset:

Bogut responded: “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.”

Bogut said he’ll decide in the next couple of days whether to get a cortisone shot, and he plans to talk to Jackson about his comments after Monday’s game. The center didn’t want to interrupt the coach’s pregame preparations.

“I don’t know where (the sleeping comment) came from or if he heard that from the trainer or from somebody, but it’s definitely not the case,” Bogut said. “It’s not like I just woke up after sleeping on my shoulder wrong. I have a bone bruise and swelling in my shoulder. That coming from sleeping is very highly unlikely, I believe.”

Jackson’s postgame press conference began with a question about Speights, but the Warriors head coach instead had an opening statement about the Bogut situation.

“Before I get to Mo I just want to address something from earlier. I made a statement about Andrew Bogut. My statement said ‘legitimate.’ My statement said I had the same thing. My statement said that he was hurt. Please don’t twist my words. Understand this also — you will never see a problem in my locker room. You will not see a problem in my locker room, with my group. We are tied together, we are committed. This is not the old culture. This is a new culture. Thank you.”

After some questions about how well the Warriors played, Ethan Sherwood Strauss went back to Jackson’s comments at the beginning of the press conference, and I followed up with another question. Here’s the full transcript, so no words get twisted.

Strauss: On the Bogut situation, when you say “please don’t twist my words,” how do you feel your words were twisted?

Jackson: Well, you can make it seem like I said something against Bogut. That he slept and got hurt. I understand how you can take that and think, “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. I was part of the media. I understand how you can make it much more appealing, and go for the home run. But in three years, in the 23-win season, I didn’t throw anybody under the bus. And you can wait and wait and wait, and it won’t happen here until somebody else is sitting here. That’s not my M.O. And contrary to the choir, it won’t be my M.O. I believe in every one of my guys and I’m proud of what we’ve been able to do. And I’ll go down being me. I can’t be anybody else.

BASG: Bogut said that he was going to wait until later to talk to you because of pregame preparation. Did you guys talk about it before the game and get it sorted out already?

Jackson: There’s nothing to sort out. My office is always open. We did talk. It’s nothing. My only point is, let’s talk. It’s nothing. You can go to anybody in my locker room. Pick who you want, there’s enough people to cover each and every one of them and ask them how the environment is. It’s a fun time (laughs). I mean, we are 10 games over .500. Some of you guys haven’t seen that in a long, long time. So keep on acting like you have. We’re going to continue to work our tails off and continue to try to be a good basketball team and celebrate how far we’ve come and how much further we’ve got to go.

Here’s a video that shows both the second half of the opening statement and the two questions detailed above:

http://youtu.be/DWHSgZPStWs

Just our luck, Strauss was already scheduled to join us on our next edition of BASGcast tomorrow afternoon. I’m sure we’ll have plenty to talk about, including …

“This is not the old culture. This is a new culture.” — We’ve heard this quite a bit over the last few years. It’s pretty much a different version of “hey, it could be a lot worse,” which is true but probably not enough for fans (and perhaps ownership) who came into this season with dreams of contending for a title.

“I mean, we are 10 games over .500. Some of you guys haven’t seen that in a long, long time. So keep on acting like you have.” — Ditto, but directed more toward the media.

“And I’ll go down being me. I can’t be anybody else.” — There’s been some talk about Jackson being on the hot seat lately, and comments like this make it sound like he’s feeling some pressure.

It’s getting pretty interesting on Warriors ground these days. The team has one game left against the Miami Heat before the All-Star break commences and the real pressure of the 2013-14 season begins for Jackson and his squad.

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AdrianReynolds
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AdrianReynolds

MJ said “choir”…more religious imagery!

SLDSNK32
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BASportsGuy It’s going to be an interesting second half. Things are starting to spice up a bit, and the W’s need a huge second half.

AllenSaenz
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Just a theory, BUT I think this was a shot at the front office more than a shot at the Media.  I think the Front Office has been pretty SHADY about injuries to Barnes, Iguodala, Lee, and of course Bogut (stemming from last year).  I think Mark Jackson originally tried to toe the company line with this one in feeding the media the front office version, and was Rebuffed by Bogut.   I think this is where Jackson doubled down with his players, and made the above referenced quote.  I think he’s feeling the pressure from the front office, AND… Read more »
choledeez
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choledeez

BASportsGuy they won by 40.
Why is he so mad?

BASportsGuy
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choledeez Because he knew Bogut was pretty steamed before the game.

choledeez
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choledeez

BASportsGuy seems like unnecessary drama.

jacobjbg
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jacobjbg

SherwoodStrauss BASportsGuy good summary. rumblings of jackson being on the hot seat surprise me.

The13thwarriorr
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SherwoodStrauss bizarreness? Really? Y’all trying sohard to make something out of this. Go cover the Knicks if you want this kind of staff

SherwoodStrauss
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jacobjbg BASportsGuy What’s surprising is that it feels like he’s putting himself there

WhrOffnsHppns
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SherwoodStrauss jacobjbg BASportsGuy how has Bogut and Jackson’s relationship generally been?

falcian
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falcian

Get a life guys. You reporters are like cops trying to meet their citation quotas

falcian
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falcian

This is a very very stupid subject. A guy gets a little annoyed, so now lets make a story out of it. Btw, people do injure their shoulders sleeping. This is a really petty and silly story. Why do we get so many silly reporters in the Bay Area media?

falcian
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falcian

Hey Drew, did you hear what coach said?

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“And I’ll go down being me; I can’t be anybody else” I get the feeling that he meant that as a general statement, and NOT as an eminent/looming prophecy. Be it in 6 months, or 16 years, he plans to stay true to himself and not become a shell of himself just to please others. This is why Twitter makes for a TERRIBLE media engine. Even if Rusty Simmons had used 3 tweets to fully share Jackson’s original comment, people would still likely only share/pass on the most eye-catching blurb. I’m not knocking Jackson really, but maybe he shouldn’t speculate… Read more »
SoCaliSteph
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BASportsGuy I’m like, who twisted your words? You said it champ. LOL

BASportsGuy
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SoCaliSteph I think most people are in your camp, but the fans who think journalists should act like cheerleaders are always vocal.

SportsAnxiety
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BASportsGuy SoCaliSteph The media strikes again. How many careers will be ruined before somebody stops them?

BASportsGuy
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SportsAnxiety SoCaliSteph This tweet sums it up pretty well: https://twitter.com/geofflepper/status/433139372829835264

BayLife
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Choir choir choir choir choir choir choir

DeeJaySeanG
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RasCeylon I been done with jackson. Team needs a different coach.

RasCeylon
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RasCeylon

DeeJaySeanG wow..really..that soon huh?!

DeeJaySeanG
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DeeJaySeanG

RasCeylon have you seen how we’re playing? how he mismanages the team? Now this bullshit with Bogut?

DeeJaySeanG
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RasCeylon I’d give him til the end of they eyar but it might be too late. We might not even make the playoffs the way we’re going.

RasCeylon
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DeeJaySeanG i feel u..i think its still 2 early 2 tell..he did a gr8 job in the playoffs last year..this is prolly his 1st tru test will c

DeeJaySeanG
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RasCeylon when he had Malone

RasCeylon
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DeeJaySeanG i dont think thats the issue..peep this:http://blogs.mercurynews.com/thompson/2014/02/06/is-mark-jackson-to-blame-for-the-warriors-struggles/ kinda gets mo into details of the difference btwn this yr n last

BayLife
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Lmao, quit gettin rattled so easily and hittin the panic button, not a good quality to have. Why in the world would you want to see MJax fired? You really think they would be better off? Let’s see with a new coach they would be 20 games over .500 instead of 10, DLee would turn into a lock down defender, Klay would break out if his shooting slump, Curry would quit turning the ball over so much, Barnes will all of the sudden reach his full potential, AI will start finishing at the rim instead of passing out, the bench… Read more »
nate
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Why are you guys already writing Coach Jackson off already? The guy has done an incredible job turning this team around compared to how we were 3 years ago. The last best team we had was the “we believe” 2007 warriors, and now we are much better then that. I think that we should let the man do his job and have some faith in him. These are just bumps on the road. -Nate

bearicus
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Mark jackson is a self righteous prick.

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Im a clippers fan, no not one of the bandwagon ones who have emerged in the last two years…I can tell you golden state fans this..i really hate golden state their style, their arrogance….but golden state fans dont panic when healthy your team is very dangerous and on point, no one wants them in the first round of the playoffs, once fully healthy and nearing the end of the season rest assured you guys have a great squad heading into the playoffs this year, dont panic now only a few teams are on their level in the leauge…my clips being… Read more »
Otis Byrd III
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This whole thing with Bogut and Jackson is bizarre. Bogut really should be
honest and say how he got hurt. Yeah, it would be a PR blow for the Warriors if
it’s something other than “sleeping”, but at least it won’t paint both of them
into a corner.

bigredfreshness
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I like the Clippers and the team they’ve put together, but arrogance is definitely more descriptive of your Clips and their “lob city” alter-ego. Warriors are a blue-collar team that’s trying to break through their ceiling and join the Clips in the elite ranks. I think your hate for them may come from the dare I say it “rivalry” that has formed between to two teams. Both have suffered at the bottom of the Western Conference for many years and been irrelivent, but now each is fighting to be a contender and set a culture of winning for the future.… Read more »
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Couldn’t agree more, he’s done a great job and I believe he will continue to do so. He’s got a few things to tinker with in terms of rotations and things but it sure would make his job easier if he could get some level of consistency from a few of our guys.

bigredfreshness
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Incorrect. He is a very good coach, leading his team to its best season in years, and is unfairly undergoing intense scrutiny. Ironically, stating that someone is “self-righteous” is in and of itself a self-righteous statement.

PattieWattie
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@bearicus  Mark Jackson is an ordained minister so how do expect him to sound? If his team was losing you wouldn’t have anything to say. He’s a very good coach and we like him.

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BayLife   Thank you I agree 100%.

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[&#8230 ;] Steve Berman of BayAreaSportsGuy.com, Jackson forcefully stated after the Sixers [&#8230 ;]

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[&#8230 ;] also forget Jackson accusing Warriors center Andrew Bogut of injuring himself in his sleep and then blaming the media for twisting his [&#8230 ;]

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BayLife I wonder if you still stand behind your statements.   Why in the world would you want to see MJax fired? You really think they would be better off? Let’s see with a new coach they would be 20 games over .500 instead of 10, DLee would turn into a lock down defender, Klay would break out if his shooting slump, Curry would quit turning the ball over so much, Barnes will all of the sudden reach his full potential, AI will start finishing at the rim instead of passing out, the bench will go from worst to first,… Read more »
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PattieWattie Why would an ordained minister, unless said ordainment was a mail order type, spout off in a childish manner in front of his ‘flock’?  And they’re not his parishioners, they’re his fans if they were cheering in godamned church. Wouldn’t a truly ordained minister take a higher road ???

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