Warriors focus: Andrew Bogut


Warriors focus: Andrew Bogut

The Warriors have made plenty of changes since the end of the 2011-12 season. They will likely have four first-year players on their roster come the start of the season, and they also acquired veterans Jarrett Jack and Carl Landry.Center Andrew Bogut came to the Warriors in March, but hes a newcomer, too, if you factor in that he still hasnt played a game for the team yet. With training camp set to begin in early October, lets begin our player-by-player analysis of the Warriors new players.Andrew Bogut, 7-foot, 245 pounds, centerLets cut to the chase, the three biggest keys to the Warriors success in 2012-13 are:1. Andrew Bogut.2. Andrew Bogut.3. Andrew Bogut.All right, were exaggerating some, but it really is difficult to downplay the importance of Bogut to the Warriors 2012-13 season. With Bogut, the Warriors have a chance. Without Bogut, its virtually impossible seeing them being competitive over the course of the season.Bogut, as most Warriors fans know, has been injured in each of the past four seasons, and last year he missed all but 12 games for the Bucks because of a fractured left ankle.Bogut, who has been rehabbing all summer, said three weeks ago he expected to play in the Warriors season-opener on Oct. 31.REWIND: Warriors 2012-2013 outlook: Issue No. 1 -- Bogut's health
Plain and simple, the Warriors need Bogut to play. And they need him to play a lot. The more games the better because hes the Warriors most important player.While Stephen Curry, David Lee and Klay Thompson all have their strengths, Bogut is the one who is likely to be most responsible for a Warriors improvement. If, of course, thats what happens.No other player on the roster can make an impact in as many areas as Bogut.Boguts size alone will make the Warriors a better defensive team. Last year Kwame Brown played nine games for the Warriors, and it was apparent to the naked eye in every one of those games that having a player of his size protecting the rim made a difference.Bogut has that kind of size. While he might not be the one-on-one defender that Brown is, hes a better shot-blocker and charge-taker. Bogut is no Bill Russell, but hes still going to be a positive when it comes to giving support to Curry, Thompson and Lee none of whom excel at the defensive end.Bogut has the ability to make an even bigger contribution on the offensive end, where he gives the Warriors a dimension most teams dont have. Bogut is one of the games best-passing big man, and alongside Lee, who isnt bad, himself, gives the Warriors a dimension most teams dont have: a pair of frontcourt facilitators.Bogut is a versatile player able to score a little bit in the low post and pass well from the high post. He has a high basketball IQ and doesnt mind being unselfish. Put it this way there should be some creative things coach Mark Jackson can do offensively with Bogut and Lee the big men and shooters such as Curry, Thompson, Brandon Rush and Harrison Barnes.Theres another reason, though, Bogut is hugely and perhaps overly important to the Warriors this year its because the Warriors dont have a reliable backup for him at this point.Andris Biedrins remains a shell of himself until he proves differently, and Festus Ezeli is still a raw, late-round first pick.Yes, the Warriors also need Curry to be healthy this season after an injury plagued 2011-12, not unlike Bogut. But the nice thing is that the Warriors went out and got Jarrett Jack this offseason, giving them a heck of a safety net if Curry isnt quite right.The Warriors dont have that luxury behind Bogut. Which makes him pretty much the key to the season.

With Warriors discussing the matter, Curry reaffirms White House stance

With Warriors discussing the matter, Curry reaffirms White House stance

OAKLAND -- About an hour after general manager Bob Myers said the defending champion Warriors would soon gather to determine their response to any potential invitation from the White House, Stephen Curry reiterated his personal views.

“I don’t want to go,” Curry said during Media Day on Friday.

Curry has previously stated this position, one he shares with several teammates. Kevin Durant and Andre Iguodala also have expressed no interest in visiting President Donald Trump. David West has made clear his distaste for Trump’s boorish conduct.

But Curry has thought not only about the subject but also how he reached his conclusion.

“That we don't stand for basically what our president has -- the things that he said and the things that he hasn't said in the right terms -- that we won't stand for it,” he said. “And by acting and not going, hopefully that will inspire some change when it comes to what we tolerate in this country and what is accepted and what we turn a blind eye to.

“It's not just the act of not going. There are things you have to do on the back end to actually push that message into motion. You can talk about all the different personalities that have said things and done things, from (Colin) Kaepernick to what happened to (Michael) Bennett to all sorts of examples of what has gone on in our country that we need to kind of change. And we all are trying to do what we can, using our platforms, using our opportunities to shed light on that.”

Officially, the Warriors have made no firm decision. They will discuss the matter in the coming day in hopes of reaching a consensus.

Though Curry understands the final decision will be made every consulting with every voice in the locker room -- including coach Steve Kerr, who also has been critical of Trump -- he’s unwavering about his personal stance.

“It's not just me going to the White House. If it were, this would be a pretty short conversation,” he said.

“Like I said, it's the organization; it's the team. And it's hard to say because I don't know exactly what we're going to do in lieu of or if we do go or if we don't go or whatever.

“But my beliefs stay the same. I'll have a better answer for that once I can kind of understand where the group is, too.”

While Iguodala passed on delivering his stance, citing that he had been prepped on the subject by the team’s media relations staff, Durant -- like Curry -- said he has to take the opinions of his teammates into consideration.

“It's going to be tough to change my mind,” Durant said, “but we're going to talk about it as a team and figure out the next steps from there.”

West did not divulge his decision, opting to firmly state he “will let everybody know my opinion” once the team meets on the subject.


Thunder GM takes high road in response to Durant's Twitter gaffe, harsh words

Thunder GM takes high road in response to Durant's Twitter gaffe, harsh words


Kevin Durant didn't mean to lampoon the Thunder, later deleting the tweets, but he said what he said

Asked about Durant on Friday and Thunder GM Sam Prestie took the high road. 

"I think the only thing I can say to that is just to be consistent with everything that I have said and everyone else from the organization," Presti said. "I, and no one from the Thunder, really has anything negative to say about Kevin Durant, and I think we've been hopefully very open about the fact that we have tremendous appreciation and respect for what he and his teammates and coaches and everybody over his tenure here accomplished, and I really don't think there's anything more to say than that."

Durant called the actions "childish" and "idiotic" and said that his actions have impacted his sleep cycles and eating habits.

The Warriors first face the Thunder on Wednesday, Nov. 22 in Oklahoma City.