Hold off on those Andrew Bogut blues 

click to enlarge Big man: When Andrew Bogut is on the floor the Warriors are a better team — even with the Aussie isn’t 100 percent. Warriors fans still have plenty to look forward to. - GETTY IMAGES FILE PHOTO
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  • Big man: When Andrew Bogut is on the floor the Warriors are a better team — even with the Aussie isn’t 100 percent. Warriors fans still have plenty to look forward to.

What I’m about to address is a tad past its news cycle, but forgive me. More pressing issues have been at hand.

After all, I haven’t yet been ruled out as the 49ers’ starting quarterback, so I’ve been busy taking “first-team reps” with little Timmy, Johnny and Phil out on the asphalt of my cul-de-sac.

But the Andrew Bogut issue needs to be addressed here, if for no other reason than I have yet to see anyone give him the props he deserves for cutting through the B.S. the Warriors have been feeding us lemmings.

In all seriousness, this was a courageous move by the big fella. He stepped outside the corporate box and told it like it was.

Sure, it was a self-preservation move to a large degree. He’d gone from lovable lug to loathable louse in a hurry, wearing the former label so well in the immediate aftermath of the Monta Ellis trade before his on-off-on-again-off-again comeback led to widespread exasperation among the patently patient Dubs fan base.

Since going public with the news that the team was far less than forthright regarding his offseason surgery, though, he’s back in the good graces of many of those same fans, and that’s well-deserved.

You have to know the team wasn’t wild about him outing the powers that be as disingenuous at best and dishonest at worst. Yet every man has a breaking point, no matter how team-first he might be, and Bogut had clearly reached his.

So now what?

Who knows? It’s already been proven that Warriors fans can’t stay mad at ownership. Hell, if Chris Cohan got through his tenure here without being strung up in a public rally at Jack London Square, pretty much everyone not named Lew Wolff deserves a free pass.

All we know, finally, is that Bogut really was damaged goods when he was acquired. We also know, however, that he’s a pretty damned good player when he’s able to get out on the floor. What little he’s shown in a Golden State uniform, in fact, should have fans jacked beyond belief.

Think about it. He was an impact player at about 50 percent, playing 20 minutes and less. Think about what he’ll be if he ever gets close to 100 percent and can play 34-plus minutes. If the Dubs can continue to play plus-.500 ball until his return — no easy feat, granted — they’ll be a playoff team for sure with him in the mix, and a potentially dangerous one at that.

That’s the beauty of an unselfish big man. He’s not going to upset whatever chemistry a team has established in his absence. Every team can use a large, all-for-one presence, and Bogut is nothing if not that.

SPEED ROUND: What happens whenever the 49ers lose under Jim Harbaugh? They win, and the defense dominates. Pity the Dolphins. They’re about to get zipped. ... The Angel Pagan signing came with much consternation regarding his annual salary, but it’s so much misplaced angst. This is not an Aubrey Huff deal. That deal was an ill-advised, euphoric “thank you.” The Giants know better now. ... Quick, what’s been the biggest move of the baseball offseason in the Bay Area to date? Free grilled cheese-and-turkey sandos to anyone smart enough to say “Chris Young to the A’s.” You almost forgot, didn’t you? ... And finally, a cold and heartless thought: The timing sucked, but if the Raiders really have been chatting with Jon Gruden, they have nothing for which to apologize. Dennis Allen’s family tragedy is just that: family. The NFL is business, and the Raiders need to start acting like they mean it.

Mychael Urban has covered Bay Area sports for more than 22 years as a contributor to Comcast SportsNet, CSNBayArea.com, KNBR, MLB.com, ESPN The Magazine and various newspapers. Follow him on Twitter @BigUrbSports. His website is UrbsUnchained.com.

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Mychael Urban has been covering Bay Area sports for 25 years and has worked for MLB.com, Comcast SportsNet Bay Area and KNBR (680 AM).
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