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OAKLAND – Old relationships don't always go willingly into the dustbin of history, and that appears to be the case with former Warriors coach Mark Jackson and current Warriors center Andrew Bogut.
Though neither man is relevant to the other, and it has been that way for a full eight months, the puerile verbal jabs keep coming, with no sign of ceasefire.
The latest came Monday, during a post-practice interview session with Bogut.
The big center was asked if he had heard a comment Jackson made as an analyst on a national telecast of the Warriors-Cavaliers game last week. Jackson, who coached the Warriors for three seasons before being fired last May, said that rim protection – something at which Bogut specializes – is overrated within the scheme of the Warriors defense.
"He gets paid to talk," Bogut began. "He gets paid to give his opinion and that's one of those things that you've got to deal with.
"Every coach is different," he continued. "Some coaches value rim protection, some coaches value ball movement, some coaches don't. It's just a matter of each coach going to what they believe is going to win games."
Point goes to Bogut. One of the valid criticisms of Jackson was that his offense, which emphasized pick-and-roll and isolation, often stagnated. The offense under new coach Steve Kerr prioritizes ball movement and, largely as a result, has become the best in the NBA.
Bogut said that while some of his teammates still correspond with Jackson, he no longer has a relationship with his former coach.
"No," he said, chuckling. "No way. I haven't heard from him since. I know he keeps in touch with some guys from the team, but I'm kind of in a different crowd I think."
As Bogut concluded his eight-minute session, he noted that absence of questions related to the "The Butterfly Effect," a movie referenced Sunday on his Twitter page.
"My new favorite movie: The Butterfly Effect! #UNDERrated," read the Tweet.
That was Bogut's response to another comment Jackson made during the telecast in which he acknowledged the Warriors under Kerr had evolved from the embryonic stages of his tenure.
"You cannot disrespect the caterpillar," Jackson said, "and rave about the butterfly."
This is how far the Jackson-Bogut relationship has fallen. Only last season, each denied any rift and in fact supported the other numerous times, in several reports.
And now that neither is germane to the other, the jabs are flying.