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OAKLAND – The NBA has become less of a big man's league than it once was, so please pardon 7-foot Warriors center Andrew Bogut for debating the issue this week.
After facing the legendary Tim Duncan on Tuesday and then wrestling 7-foot All-Star Brook Lopez on Thursday, Bogut on Saturday faces conceivably his toughest test yet.
The Charlotte Bobcats are coming to Oracle Arena, and they're bringing "Big Al" Jefferson with them.
One day after Suns coach Jeff Hornacek said Jefferson is the best low-post scorer in the league, Bogut didn't offer much of an argument.
"He's very smart, with great footwork and great touch," Bogut said after the team's shootaround Saturday morning. "You put those three things together in a post player and you've got Al Jefferson."
Jefferson, at 6-10, is not particularly rangy. He's not a great athlete and would finish near the bottom of a league-wide jumping contest. But he's a serious student of low-post offense, borrowing liberally from the trick bags utilized by old-school types like Hakeem Olajuwon and Kevin McHale.
"He plays a lot with his right hand and you know that going in, but he still does a great job of getting to it," Bogut said.
"So we've got our work cut out for us – not only myself, but also our team defense. It's much like guarding LeBron (James) on the perimeter. The whole team needs to be aware and focused on our game plan."