Proving his desire to reach out to everybody on the Warriors' roster, new coach Steve Kerr made the 16-hour flight to Australia to have a chat with center Andrew Bogut.
If Bogut's response is any indication, all went well.
“It showed a lot of respect to come here and see me,” Bogut said told the Daily Telegraph from his home in Melbourne.
“He had some good things to say about the direction of the team and what he wants to do. I’m really excited about Steve.
“The question is that he hasn’t coached before but the way he spoke to me when he was here it seemed like he knew what he was doing.”
Bogut said he still is not fully recovered from the fractured rib sustained in the final week of the regular season. He declared himself out of the FIBA World Cup competition this summer, saying he's not yet able to return to full-time training and hoped to represent Australia in the 2016 Olympics.
Kerr's trip Down Under also included a visit with former teammates Luc Longley (Bulls) and Andrew Gaze (Spurs). There is speculation that Longley, now coaching in Australia, might consider returning to the states to coach in the NBA, perhaps for the Warriors.
Bogut, noting the success of Patty Mills and Aron Baynes as member of world champion San Antonio, seems to be rooting for such an outcome.
“It would be nice if it happened I would definitely love that,” Bogut said. “We have a roster that can push to get there. We all need to be on the same page and the Spurs have shown that you don’t need a team full of superstars to win.”