Saturday, December 1, 2012

BogusGate in Golden State

By Justin Taylor

The Warriors had the longest five days between games ever this week.  The glow of Harrison Barnes dunk over Mount Pekovic and the team taking over first place in the Pacific Division at the expense of the #LOLakers and #FlopCity didn’t even last half of that time.  You would think the two biggest highlights of the last five years could bridge the five day gap between games.  Since we’re talking about the Golden State Warriors and the misguided PR machine that goes with it all we get is turmoil.  One key difference this year is that the team on the floor can cover for the mistakes in the control tower by coming out and getting a huge win in spite of the refs best efforts to screw them.

There are nothing but good vibes at Oracle Arena right now but that doesn’t mean the issues in downtown Oakland don’t need to be addressed by the fans.  Some will say that I should just enjoy our recent successes and believe me I will but I refuse to allow a winning streak be the the wool covering my eyes.  The news that Andrew Bogut will be out indefinitely because his “clean out” procedure in April was actually a “clean house” microfracture ankle surgery.  The brass and Bogut held the company line for seven months until the team kept calling the procedure minor while raising expectations for the center’s return.  He got pissed that they were raising hopes among fans so he called bullshit and set everyone straight.  Had they just told the truth from the beginning or just laid off on the timelines and bold statements they probably wouldn’t be cleaning egg off their faces right now.  If the cover up is always worse then the crime, shouldn’t rule number one be don’t cover it up if it isn’t a crime?

The buck for BogusGate stops here

I wonder whose idea it was to make us angry three times a week with the abbreviated setback announcements as opposed to just saying it would be 2013 at the earliest, which was more realistic anyways.  In doing that there would have been a chance that things get ahead of schedule and we could be pleasantly surprised for once.  I guess that would just make too much sense.  Instead they ended up alienating the entire fan base and their most important player on multiple fronts for no good reason.  Anybody who watched the first four games and has at least one half decent eye could see that Bogut’s ankle was not even 80%.  If I was thinking they were treating us like a bunch of assholes before I knew they were lying I’m not sure what we’re supposed to feel now.

Countless instances like this that have created a massive amount of distrust towards any team issued statement or press release over the years.  I look at any good news they put out as a diversion from what is really going on and any bad news as just a sugar coated version of the truth.  If the Warriors front office wasn’t so hell bent on making sure that every single piece of press be positive it would probably make many of their jobs much easier.  It isn’t just losing games that inspire twitter accounts like @WorseThan_Cohan and the corresponding Joe Lacob Sucks blog.  If the team is all about spinning EVERYTHING that happens in a positive direction these sites are dedicated to reversing that spin even if it goes so far the other way it’s more of a parody than anything else.  One thing I know for certain is that there would be no Trapped in Golden State if fans weren’t treated like ignorant third graders who can’t handle the truth. 

The problem is not Andrew Bogut's injury, the problem is managements handling of it

After years of suffering it’s safe to say Warriors fans have pretty thick skin and are going to keep packing the arena every night regardless of what is contained in the latest press release or marketing campaign.  When are they going to learn that isn’t the lipstick they’re putting on the pig that’s selling the place out?  Then again, they’d rather sell out their luxury suites then fill up Club 200 with real fans so I guess that pretty much explains everything.  Please correct me if you saw a commercial proclaiming It’s a Great Time Out or maybe the one that promised Big Things Are Coming and decided you needed to run out and buy tickets.

In the end, the BogusGate isn’t about ankles, doctors and therapists like it should be.  It has more to do with the team’s higher ups carrying on the legacy that was left behind by Chris Cohan and Robert Rowell.  Seeing GM Bob Myers step up and take full responsibility for the stupidity was nice and all but the damage has already been done.  Unfortunately, we may see them play this game again because it is hard for them to learn their lesson when us fans continue showing up night after night.  It’s even more unfortunate that some of the players in this fiasco who deserve a slap on the wrist at the very least will end up with a pat on the back.  One day, hopefully, these people will realize that our love of the game and loyalty to the team has absolutely nothing to do with the marketing campaigns, the music blaring DURING the games or the lies that uninformed people think we want to hear!


  1. Justin, I'm usually in agreement with you, but in this case I think you - and Kelly Dwyer for that matter - are making a bit of a mountain out of a molehill here.

    The reality is that the 6 month window came off the week before the season began and Bogut gave it a try. They knew it could be on the early side, but the underlying structure was deemed sound enough to test it in real time conditions. They made some rules about it - no back to backs and the like. But while it went one way - more rehab and work - it could also have gone the other way - where Bogut realized his ankle can go harder. However great medicine might be, the only way to test is to execute what it needs to do in game/season conditions.

    Bogut scored the first basket of the season when he whipped down the court for a layup. If the ankle was truly abysmal and the whole six months had been a lie by the FO, that wouldn't even be possible. So, the basic structure is in place, it's just figuring out what parts of the overall atrophy need to be strengthened most and what kinds of routines have to be put in place to do that.

    I'm optimistic. The FO has clearly put in place a roster that is able to absorb tremendous losses. The coaching staff has instilled a system and a culture that keep us competitive in just about every circumstance. I'm glad we saw what we saw - we see that Bogut is defensive beast and that his fundamental movements are still there and that he is a loud and stern leader. Strengthening and managing to full lateral capabilities will take the most time, but at least he's not hobbling on the straight run like Yao, Walton or Sabonis.

    If we get him fairly strong by mid February and get two months to get into alignments, I will guarantee that nobody will want to match up with us in the playoffs.

    1. Carb. Thanks for checking in. I don't think I'm capable of making any mountains out of'm happy with the front office on all things related to basketball. I also understand that it was Bogut that set himself back by coming back too soon (nobody made him even if, maybe, the FO's statements and timelines encouraged him some).

      I call it BogusGate because everything about it is Bogus, as in non issue because non of it impacts what happens on the court...I do get more pissed then I should on PR related matters, they just annoy the shit out of me, always have...In the end I'm insignificant, especially since they'll get my money either way and I'll support the team (on the floor) no matter what...The whole gripe is that it seems the whole non issue was motivated by ticket sales in my eyes and you know that we're going to show either way...And now we're in FIRST PLACE!!!

      I'll be talking about the things that matter again in the coming days! Let's Go Warriors!

    2. Before even starting,how about Curry? 20/10 x 4? This guy is telling me that point guard possibilities here may be somewhat in order. Not too bad on the "D" either. He deserves notice to play w/the stars mid season. The two headed monster of Lee/Curry have helped lead GS. Many have followed up & chipping with #'s which have put GS in the W column. Many have chimed in with stats which keeps putting the W's in the win column. A pleasant surprise!!!
      Surprising to me is our issues of having the ability to win games vs larger,more physical teams. We're doing it with team play but we have to be more selective in our shot selection vs those teams. Beating these teams with power forwards/centers such as LAC so far has been great news. When you walked by the W's bench during a home game did you kick Biedrins in the head to get these latest action? Without his production I feel GS would be barely treading water. We can't afford yet to make mistakes or let opponents dominate the intangible list as we don't truly have the correct personnel. Nevertheless these kids have shown that their cohesiveness can produce reasonable stats & wins have followed close behind.
      It seems that our real issues come when we match up w/teams having inside presence but Lee & other's abilities around the hoop have shown true inside value even though we lack the bulk. Without Bogut our offensive presence within 5 feet is questionable at most. Yes when things are done as should the possibilities exist but we need to concentrate on getting more free throws & forcing our opponents into foul trouble.
      Kids? All great & seem to be playing a more intelligent brand of basketball this season. I can't remember a better draft here. What bad can you say about Barnes/Thompson? I see little. Thompson still isn't lighting it up as he can. Such a big upside! Just give him time!
      As I said,I just want to see basketball games that doesn't force me take my shoes off to throw at my big screen or my wife. Last seasons crap? She used to bitch prior to tip off cause she knew what GS was going to do & then my retaliation on whatever was close by. Things have been quiet between me & my L.A. buddy. He doesn't even bring up the name W's. Oh how I love to ridicule him about his Lakers. I still have to do it within reason as I've ate plenty of shit after bragging about us then to have GS crap all over & lick up this recycled shit? If I can ridicule him for just a few moments I'm satisfied as I can't remember the last time I boasted without sticking my foot in my mouth.
      Lets think positive but the reality is where would we be if we didn't make the Bogut trade? Monta taking up Thompson's minutes & clogging the 2 position? Get Bogut well & be patient as we've discussed "winning championships minus a serviceable 5 is not happening". Ezeli is growing & Biedrins is holding his head above water but this isn't the answer. In time maybe yes but not now. Bogut has to be as Curry is otherwise he's just a question mark as Steph. was last season. Go W's but learn from your youthful mistakes as we showed in Orlando. Nevertheless if this team plays team basketball they have possibilities but as soon as the team act leaves losses will follow. So far,so good but reality is we're assembling a puzzle minus a few pieces & common sense is that in order to finish you have to have the goods to do so. Give us a year or 2 & maybe I'll even be spitting on my Laker buddy but I reserve this action for future days coming! I do see lights at the end of the tunnel. S

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