I got my question to Andrew Bogut answered! Here’s the original text I sent, which Andrew edited for the podcast.
Hi Andrew (and Mike), I was a big fan of yours in college, and was so excited when the Warriors got you. I liked Monta, but I knew the decision was right at the time. That’s not to brag, I’ve been wrong about plenty of things over the years.
Going through your freak injuries, I remember (from media coverage) that these affected your confidence both at the line and in offensive aggression even as you got healthy with the Warriors.
At the same time, I’m sure you were still working on those parts of your game. There have been so many players (Andris Biedrins in the past for the Warriors, Kelly Oubre right now) affected by lack of confidence. How did the coaches try to help you here, if at all, and how did you approach it?
If you could place yourself mentally today into yourself from 2012, would you be better equipped to overcome these issues?
I’m curious, when it’s a long term, multi-seasonal issue, and not really physical, why can’t players get this confidence back?