Andrew Bogut: ‘This league is so two-faced and everybody is so fake’

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To clear cap space for Kevin Durant, the Warriors traded Andrew Bogut to the Mavericks – an easy call.

But it seems Golden State became disenchanted with Bogut before Durant picked the Warriors.

With Dallas visiting Golden State tonight, Bogut revisited his exit from the Warriors.

Bogut, in a Q&A with Sam Amick of USA Today:

Q: You took some hits on the way out of town, though. Your durability was questioned …

A: “Oh, who cares? I don’t care.”

Q: Even though it seemed like it was coming from the inside (of the Warriors)?

A: “But that’s how it is. I don’t buy into the sources thing. I don’t buy into all that (expletive), because this league is so two-faced and everybody is so fake. The same people who made those comments will see me tomorrow and shake my hand and ask me how my family is. This league is full of people who are full of (expletive) and shallow, and that’s what you figure out in pro sports. It’s very hard to meet a genuine person who you can call your friend in this league. That’s just the reality, and I understand that.

“People can take parting shots. I didn’t have a great Finals series obviously, with the injury, and finish off the way I wanted to, but that’s the way it goes. I’m not bitter about it. I could have played better definitely, especially on the offensive end. But I think defensively that I provided something for them that really helped that team win games.”

Bogut once called those who viewed him as injury prone “uneducated” – and that’s far from the most direct shot he’s taken at his critics. For better or worse, he’s unafraid to speak his mind.

It’s a shame the Warriors and Bogut ended on these terms. They were very good for each other, with Bogut providing tremendous defense for a team that won a championship behind its defense.