The Perth Wildcats’ matchup with the Sydney Kings was already a highly-anticipated one, but the comments that just went back and forth make is that little bit more spicy.
Entering the game, the Wildcats lead the NBL with an 11-2 record, while the Kings will go into RAC Arena at 7-4, with both teams putting forward some talented lineups. Andrew Bogut and Bryce Cotton are both MVP candidates, and there are potent weapons on both sides.
That being said, it seems as though some fuel has been added to the already-intense fire.
In an interview on TAB Radio, Angus Brandt was asked about Bogut’s decision to enter his team’s huddle during the Kings’ Round 8 win over the Wildcats, and the centre didn’t hold back, blasting the former NBA player for all kinds of antics.
“He’s just a pest on social media to be honest. I don’t have Twitter or anything so I’m not up to date with everything he says, but he seems to just get off on ruffling feathers and getting a rise out of people,” Brandt said.
“If that’s his personality then good for him. I’m a fan of his basketball, but some of the things he does off the court are not the things that I would do personally. It’s not my character to act in a certain way and he does things off the court that I don’t particularly agree with.
“Just the way he acts on social media, he’s meant to be the face of the league this year and a role model for so many young kids, but he carries on like a bit of a pork chop sometimes on social media and maybe carries himself in a way I don’t particularly agree with sometimes. On court, I still think he’s a great player though…
“He is allowed to go anywhere on the court, but I think it’s one of those unwritten things where you don’t be a pest and walk over to the other team’s huddle. All teams do that if there’s a stoppage in place even if it’s not a designated timeout so I think he was just instigating and trying to get under our skin. He was just being who he is really.
“He did it to instigate and if he tries to do anything like that in the game again, we’ll see what happens.”
Brandt did praise Bogut for his ability on the court, as well as his success in the NBA, but that didn’t stop the former Buck and Warriors from hitting back.
“He’s entitled to his own opinion, it’s just interesting that for someone who doesn’t go on social media and doesn’t have an account, he knows a lot of what I’m tweeting. That’s interesting in itself I think. It says more about him than me, I reckon,” Bogut said, via NBL.com.
“I’m polarising in a way and I have strong opinions on certain things so you either love me or hate me, which isn’t an issue, but the fact that there were no back ups to his claims and he just went straight to an insult shows more about him than it does anything else.
“If he wants to have a debate about things he doesn’t agree with me about, then great I’m happy to do that all he wants. But if you are just going to throw out name-calling like a 12-year-old kid, he’s more than welcome to do that but it doesn’t really accomplish anything.”
The Kings and Wildcats will face off on Friday, December 14, with tip-off set for 9:50pm (AEDT) on Fox Sports 507.