OAKLAND – Mark Jackson marched into his postgame news conference with an agenda totally unrelated to the Warriors' 123-80 throttling of the 76ers on Monday night at Oracle Arena.
Jackson, clearly displeased, wanted to clarify statements he made during his pregame news conference related to center Andrew Bogut, who has not played since last Tuesday with what the team has described as "shoulder inflammation."
When I asked Jackson before the game if he would divulge how or when Bogut was hurt, the coach expressed uncertainty.
"As far as I know, it was not on the court," Jackson said. "It wasn't in practice. It wasn't in a game. I'm not really sure. It may have been sleeping. And I say that in all seriousness.
"But it's important for us to make sure we continue to treat him. It's legitimate. And, then, let's be smart with him."
When a couple reporters caught up with Bogut before the game, his unprompted response to Jackson's comments generated a bit of drama.
"It's gotten worse and worse, so I just wanted to address it," Bogut said. "The sleeping comment is absolutely ridiculous.
"I don't know where it come from."
Well, it came from Jackson, who actually did not seem to know the origin of the injury. The result, at the very least, was player-coach miscommunication. Then, too, Bogut may have taken it as disrespect. And that would have to be addressed.
Which is why Jackson felt the need to open his postgame session with a statement, rather than the usual question-and-answer period.
"I made a statement about Andrew Bogut," Jackson began. "My statement said legitimate. My statement said I had the same thing. My statement said he was hurt. Please don't twist my words.
"And understand this also: You will never see a problem in my locker room. You will not see a problem in my locker room, with my group. We are tied together. We are committed. This is not the old culture. This is the new culture."
Jackson later added that he and Bogut had talked but also said there was nothing to mend.
Having been around the team and talked to most of the players, on many occasions Bogut, I sense a widespread appreciation for Jackson's approach to dealing with the team. No one is happy all the time with everybody on any team, but this locker room is about as solid as any I've seen.
I've seen plenty of the Warriors teams with plenty of players that barely could stand to be in the same room as the coach. There is no indication of that in this case.
Jackson's words weren't so much "twisted" as they were a bit too flippant. They clearly did not please Bogut.
Any time a player and coach/manager express different opinions about something as sensitive as a player's health, it's worth monitoring. In this case, I'd expect these two men to clear the air between them.
Yes, even if Jackson insists no air needs to be cleared.