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Bogut suffers shoulder setback

The All-Star break gave some Golden State Warriors an opportunity to rest and recover, but for center Andrew Bogut, progress on his left shoulder inflammation proved to be difficult.

Bogut received a cortisone shot Wednesday in an attempt to treat the inflammation and now is suffering from a cortisone flare reaction -- a rare side effect from the injection that can be painful --according to the team.

"It's frustrating, but he's still recovering, and we're going to miss him absolutely," coach Mark Jackson said. "Hopefully, this isn't something that is prolonged."

Tweeted Bogut: "7-8% of ppl have a bad reaction to cortisone, good to know im one of those lucky few! (hashtag)horrible."

Bogut was unable to practice Monday, and Jackson said he wasn't sure if the 7-footer would be able to play in the Warriors' first game after the break, Wednesday at Sacramento.

The team's top rebounder and defender, Bogut has missed the Warriors' past four games because of what he said was a bone bruise suffered during a win at Utah on Jan. 31. Up until Feb. 6, he had not missed a game to injury this season after ankle and back injuries cost him 50 games last season.

Bogut's latest injury was the subject of an apparent miscommunication between him and Jackson, who said the inflammation might have been caused by sleeping before the two straightened things out.

"For those worried, rest assured my 1 all star break purchase will be a new bed," Bogut tweeted sarcastically Thursday. "It's kicked my #%^ 1 too (many) times! (hashtag)finalstraw (hashtag)bonebruise."

The Warriors frontcourt did see center Jermaine O'Neal return to practice after he missed the team's past two games with inflammation in his surgically repaired right wrist.

O'Neal had started in place of Bogut before being sidelined himself, leaving David Lee to play center. Lee also practiced after having needed the break to get well from a sprained left shoulder and strained left hip.

"Both guys were sharp today, so I really think it helped them in a tremendous way," Jackson said. "And I think there's a lot of miles on both of those guys' bodies ... so I think it was the perfect time for them to shut it down and get ready for a big second half of the season."

--Jackson watched President Barack Obama praise Stephen Curry to TNT's Charles Barkley as the "best I've ever seen" as a shooter.

"Awfully impressive," Jackson said. "Says a lot. Not just what he said, but you can lose sight of that's the president of the United States of America making that statement. I mean, that's pretty cool."

Mused Obama during the TNT interview: "His daddy (Dell Curry) could shoot, but he could only stand in one spot and shoot, right? He didn't really like to run around a lot."

Curry, shown the clip while on TNT during All-Star weekend festivities, clapped and laughed at the comment about his father and said Obama's recognition was "amazing."

"I know he's a fan of the game," Curry said. "He's not just talking, so for him to give me that kind of compliment, that's a huge deal, and I appreciate it."

--Center Ognjen Kuzmic was assigned to Santa Cruz, which plays its next NBA Development League game Thursday.

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