OK, in a follow-up interview reported by Matt Steinmetz, Bogut has now all but admitted that he won’t by ready by training camp. As predicted by exactly how many Warriors writers?
One. One who was willing to do the research, tell the truth, and take the heat.
Why did Bogut agree to this interview when his interview with Warriors shill Tim Roye went so well? Lacob must be furious. Or is he? Perhaps upon reflection he realized that the Warriors had to get this news out now.
If you read carefully, you will note that Bogut has now also all but admitted that his ankle is still frequently sore, something the interview with Roye labored hard to paper over. If Bogut is so concerned that two-a-days might make his ankle “come up sore,” then isn’t it completely obvious that he’s dealing with soreness right now? He certainly was a few short weeks ago, when he tweeted this:
“Training over. Good news on ankle: swelling is getting close to being all gone. Bad News: The less swelling the more achy.” — @AndrewMBogut
Now will follow the inevitable happy spin from the Warriors spokesmodel. No doubt he will echo Bogut’s line that it’s far more important that he be ready for game one of the season than for the first day of training camp. Bogut is right about that, of course. But what does it mean to be “ready” for the regular season, when you’ve missed training camp?
It means you’re not ready, and neither is your team.
It goes without saying that if Bogut misses a significant portion of training camp, it will be a huge setback for the Warriors, if not an outright disaster. Training camp is when the system is installed. Is the system to be installed a Bogut-centric system or not? How do you install that system without him there?
Training camp is when players get to know each others’ tendencies, and start to build chemistry. Any chance of that happening?
And training camp is when players get themselves in peak physical condition for the season. Remember what Scott Skiles had to say about Bogut’s conditioning — and how it affected his play for an entire season — coming off that ELBOW injury? If not, here’s a reminder.
So now it starts…. Remember how much noise we heard from that other Warriors shill concerning how far Ekpe Udoh was set back by missing training camp in his first season?
You can expect to start hearing the exact opposite very soon.