Warriors’ Andrew Bogut to work on ‘confidence on offense’ after rehabbing rib, shoulder injuries

Warriors center Andrew Bogut not only wants to his body to heal, but also this offseason is looking to work on his “confidence on offense,” he told Believe The Hype last week.

“I’ve kind of taken a backseat offensively the last couple years, and that’s not a bad thing because we do have two of the best shooters in the league that are great scorers,” Bogut said, “So I’d like to get that back. I think I can do a little more offensively, but if my team needs me to play D and rebound, I’ll do that.”

Bogut has averaged 6.8 points in playing 99 games over two seasons with the Warriors after averaging 12.7 points in seven seasons with Milwaukee. This past season he led the team averaging 10 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game, finishing 10th in the voting for the NBA’s defensive player of the year award.

Bogut missed the playoffs while recovering from a fractured rib and said he expected to have it scanned again next week. He also said he needs to rehab bursitis in his shoulder.

Bogut said he had spoken over the phone with Steve Kerr and that the new Warriors coach also sent him an email about trying to fly out to Australia soon to meet with big man in person.

“That’s always a good sign,” Bogut said. “He seems like a very knowledgeable guy. Obviously, he’s a very, very good commentator. You can tell he’s got a high IQ just by listening to his games. But obviously the question that everyone’s asking is the coaching experience thing.

“But I don’t see him as having a huge ego or anything like that, so I think he’ll probably hire some assistants that can definitely help him carry the load in his first year as a coach, and I think he’ll be great for us.”

Diamond Leung