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Andrew Bogut cautious about believing the hype surrounding Warriors

Oct 12, 2013, 9:30 PM EDT

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The Warriors overachieved last year by reaching the second round of the playoffs, and did so without a full complement of healthy players.

The expectations are even higher entering this season, with the addition of Andre Iguodala in free agency and most of the key pieces anticipated to be 100 percent by the time the regular season begins.

Andrew Bogut, however, cautions not to believe the hype just yet. Entering his ninth NBA season, Bogut has had high expectations placed on his teams before, only to see everything come crashing down.

From Marcus Thompson II of the Contra Costa Times:

The media are showing unprecedented interest. Fans are hyped for another playoff run. Analysts and experts are predicting success. It all sounds good.

“Everyone is blowing us up,” Bogut said before the team took off to China. “But we’ve only had one good year the last five or six. We still have a lot to prove. … We’re not going sprinkle some dust on the roster and sweep everybody in the playoffs and win a championship. There’s a process, and it takes a lot of hard work and commitment.”

“I’ve been on some talented teams in Milwaukee,” he said. “We had some years where it was very similar to this. … The media was saying the same thing, and we absolutely bombed from the added pressure. So I’ve been in that situation before, and I respect the process. We’re not there yet. We’ve got work to do.”

These comments could simply be intended as a message to Bogut’s teammates more than anything else.

The Warriors haven’t looked good early in the preseason, and no matter what those on the outside may be projecting, nothing is going to get accomplished without the team working together to reach its goals. Health will of course play an important role as it always does, and Harrison Barnes is out right now while dealing with a foot injury.

  1. kb2408 - Oct 12, 2013 at 9:55 PM

    Interesting comments by Bogut, considering he is the key to the Warriors season. If he stays healthy, the hype will be legitimate.

  2. mackcarrington - Oct 12, 2013 at 10:38 PM

    Does anyone else remember the Milwaukee teams he was on being hyped to win anything?

    • bayrich - Oct 12, 2013 at 11:03 PM

      Lmao Im a warriors fan and I was gonna say the same thing can’t think of one…

  3. antistratfordian - Oct 13, 2013 at 12:04 AM

    Losers mentality.

    • savvybynature - Oct 13, 2013 at 12:26 AM

      yeah only losers promote hard work and commitment

      • antistratfordian - Oct 13, 2013 at 2:03 AM

        The only thing he’s promoting is apprehension and reluctance.

      • asimonetti88 - Oct 13, 2013 at 1:10 PM

        No anti is right. Instead, the Warriors should take note of the Philadelphia Eagles, buy into their own hype, call themselves the Dream Team and expect to walk through the regular season to the NBA Finals.

  4. rickyspanish - Oct 13, 2013 at 1:47 AM

    I like his mindset. They were great last year and will probably be good this year but how many teams have we seen that don’t live up to the preseason hype?

  5. fmvonmanstein - Oct 13, 2013 at 8:10 AM

    Simply put, when Bogut is healthy, he is one of the top 5 centres in the NBA. I emphasize the “when Healthy” part.

  6. anhdazman - Oct 13, 2013 at 9:20 AM

    Nothing is given, GSW veterans realize that and must ground all of the hype talk that can build up within young player’s minds.

    PG Douglass is not an upgrade over Jack.

    PF Speights is not an upgrade over Carl Landry.

    We lost toughness, low post scoring and veteran leadership from Jack and Landry. Speights has always seem like a player more concerned about his numbers. Douglass is also a player that seems more concerned about his box score numbers. Hopefully, they’ll change their game to better fit GSW style.

    Our two rookie PG and C from Europe are also very raw. I don’t see them contributing very soon. Maybe more from Kuzmic due to Ezeli’s injury, but probably not much since he’s still learning the NBA game.

    Iggy is really going to have to step forward to keep the momentum going. Hopefully Barnes injury isn’t serious so he can fortify the 6th man role. Yes, I do believe Thompson will retain his starting role.

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