Andrew Bogut reacts to Durant joining Warriors, Kaepernick's protest

Andrew Bogut reacts to Durant joining Warriors, Kaepernick's protest

When Kevin Durant announced on July 4 that he would sign with the Warriors, it signaled the end of Andrew Bogut's tenure with Golden State.

On July 7, the Warriors officially traded the big man to the Mavericks.

In a recent Q&A with ESPN's Tim MacMahon, Bogut opened up about dealing with the Durant rumors throughout the season.

[REWIND: Bogut 'wouldn't be shocked' if Durant joins Warriors]

"That's part of the business," Bogut explained. "I think the deal was done long before the summer. I think it was done -- obviously, K.D. didn't make his concrete decision, but I think our organization knew for a while what was going to happen.

"That's just a part of it. Andre (Iguodala) and I knew it was one of us that was going to go, and it was me. That's part of the business. I have no gripes about it. You get a Hall of Famer -- he's going to be a Hall of Famer -- in K.D.

"If I'm the GM, I do the same deal. That's just the reality of the business."

[REWIND: Bogut: Win title, Warriors probably 'forced to bring us back']

Bogut also weighed in on several other topics:

Q: How different do those Finals turn out if you don't go down with a knee injury?

A: I don't like looking back and talking about that stuff. There's a lot of things that could have went our way in that Finals series that didn't, but on the flip side, we got those bounces a series before and probably shouldn't have been in the Finals. We're down 3-1 and had a couple close plays go our way, and Klay (Thompson) gets hot in that last game (in Oklahoma City). So it works itself out in the wash.

Obviously, the injury for me was a tough one because there was no way I could bounce back within three or four weeks. If it was a thing where I could have shot it up and played, I would have given it a shot, but the knee was blown up. I couldn't really do much about it. Then on top of that, Draymond (Green) gets suspended, which didn't help either. So it kind of threw our rhythm off. That's why the playoffs and the Finals are a beast. Seven games, and the momentum can shift two or three times during a series. We saw that."

Q: What are your feelings on national anthem protests and the discussion Colin Kaepernick has launched in this country?

A: Look, I think it's a touchy one because I'm proud to see my national anthem in Australia, but I think Australia and America are built on freedom of speech. I don't have a problem with the way he's gone about it, just in the fact that it's a nonviolent protest. I think it's brought up a discussion. What I have issue with are violent protests, people in downtown Charlotte, Milwaukee, Ferguson just destroying s--- and throwing things through windows. Those people have nothing to do with what's going on a lot of the times, and businesses are getting destroyed, people losing their children, people are dying. I don't agree with that.

If Colin Kaepernick is going to get criticized for the kind of protest that's nonviolent, it's tough, and everybody has their opinion about it, but I think it's the right way to go about it, comparing it to those violent protests. For me, the American anthem, I stand and respect it. I'm not an American, but I'm not going to lie: America has given a lot to me as a person and as an individual. I'm playing in the best league in the world and make probably more money than anybody should make for playing the game of basketball, so I respect what America has given to my life and my family. I know a lot of guys in the locker room that feel that way because of the issues with police profiling and all that stuff.

I think it's good that the topic is out there, but it's a hard thing to change. There's so many nuances and so many things that can go on. We know the media only likes to report one side of it too, so you only see the bad and the horror and the torment that goes on. A lot of times, you don't see the good things police officers do or the good things that African-Americans or Hispanics or even whites in poor areas do. Nobody ever reports on that. Everyone always reports on the bad, so I think we get inundated with all that s---.

Quinn Cook states his case for spot on Warriors playoff roster

Quinn Cook states his case for spot on Warriors playoff roster

Because it’s only two games against two of the worst teams in the NBA, it’s prudent to resist the temptation to fall in love with Quinn Cook.

Putting up Stephen Curry numbers in consecutive games does not make one Stephen Curry.

It’s impossible, though, not to clearly understand why the Warriors have consistently expressed faith in Cook, the two-way point guard who has spent three years trying to make an NBA team.

Two fine games are enough, though, for the coaching staff to recommend adding him to the postseason roster. It’s wise to have a contingency in case Curry has to miss any of the games that matter most, and the Warriors are a smart bunch.

Cook on Saturday told reporters in Phoenix that the Warriors have not addressed the possibility of being on the postseason roster. That doesn’t mean they aren’t thinking about it.

“He’s proven that he can compete at this level,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr told reporters Saturday night in Phoenix. “The last couple games, you’re seeing what he can do. He’s a great shooter. We’ve known that."

Cook scored, on back-to-back nights, 25 and 28 points, shooting 70 percent (21-of-30) from the field, including 71.4 percent (10-of-14) from deep. That’s Curry-type quality when he’s on a roll. Cook also handled the ball well, recorded seven assists and was pesky enough on defense to nab five steals.

“Quinn is showing the world that he is an NBA player,” Draymond Green said.

Cook’s 10 3-pointers over the past two games are more than anybody not named Curry, Durant or Thompson have drained over a similar stretch -- and only Nick Young among the team’s reserves have made more over any single month.

The Warriors, it just so happens, are dead last in 3-pointers made by reserves, averaging 2.0 per game, with Young accounting for 1.5 per game.

Cook is showing he might be able to help with this.

Kerr loves 3-point shooters. General manager Bob Myers is fond of saying he can never have too many shooters.

The Warriors are discovering they can’t have too many capable point guards, particularly when Cook is proving that he, like Curry, also is comfortable playing off the ball. Pairing Cook with Shaun Livingston, the primary backup to Curry, is a nice option to have.

“I’ve said all along,” Green said. “I sit here and watch so many other teams play and I wonder, ‘How is Quinn Cook a two-way player?' And then you’ve got guys in the league that can’t dribble with their left hand, or can’t go left, can’t go right, but you’ve got a guy like that as a two-way player.

“So I’m happy for him. I pray that he gets rewarded and gets what he deserves.”

Cook had brief trial runs with the Pelicans, as a rookie, and the Mavericks last season. He played a total of 14 games with the two teams. He has played 21 with the Warriors, seven as a starter, but only in the last two has he looked entirely comfortable in his role and with these teammates.

With Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson and Curry out, the Warriors need Cook to score. He knows he needs to score. He is scoring. And doing a few other things, too.

“Playing in the NBA is something that I’ve dreamed of my whole life,” Cook said after his 28-point performance in a win over the Suns. “I can’t really put it into words, just being able to put on an NBA jersey night in and night out, practice with an NBA team every day, has been my goal since I can remember. I’m just trying to get better every day and live in the moment. I’m just trying to win games. I’m trying to help out as much as possible, whether it’s getting guys shots, playing defense, shooting the ball.

“Lately the ball’s been going in a little bit. But with three All-Stars out, I’ve got to step up. I’m just taking it game by game and competing night in and night out.”

Sometime early next month, if not late this month, the Warriors expect to have their starting backcourt. Curry and Thompson will have returned before the playoffs begin April 14-15, and both will need to be available if for reasonable chance to repeat as champs.

But Cook is making his case for inclusion. He’ll get another test Monday night in San Antonio, where Spurs coach Gregg Popovich is sure to throw at Cook a few wrinkles he may not have seen, but the Warriors have seen enough to know he can help.

“He’s a good fit for us, too,” Kerr said. “It’s not just his ability. It’s his maturity. He’s very professional, does whatever is asked, the guys love him. They want to go to war with him.

“He’s a guy. He’s an NBA guy. We’re lucky to have him.”

That’s not an demand, or even a preference. To add Cook to the roster, the Warriors would have to shed one of their 15 players currently on a standard NBA contract.

But somewhere among Kerr’s words, I believe I see an endorsement.

Warriors need vets to bounce back against young Suns


Warriors need vets to bounce back against young Suns

The Warriors have lost three of their last four games, their roster is in shambles and, still, they look like pure gold in contrast to the Suns team they’re facing Saturday night in Phoenix.

Coverage on NBC Sports Bay Area begins at 6 o’clock, with tipoff scheduled for 7:05.

Reeling from the absences of Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson, the Warriors (52-17) showed plenty of the scrap in losing to the Kings on Friday in Oakland but couldn’t get much offense from their veterans.

The Suns (19-51) are having the worst season since 1968-69, their inaugural season. They’ve lost seven in a row, 16 of their last 17 and 21 of their last 23.


Warriors by 3


Quinn Cook vs. Elfrid Payton: Payton bolted to a 16-point first quarter and scored 29 the last time he faced the Warriors. Quinn is coming off a career-high 25-point game. With teams relying on diminished rosters, whichever of the two young PGs can set a tone gives his team an advantage.


Warriors: G Omri Casspi (R ankle sprain), G Stephen Curry (R ankle tweak), F Kevin Durant (R rib soreness), G Pat McCaw (L wrist fracture) and G Klay Thompson (R thumb fracture) are listed as out.

Suns: G Devin Booker (R hand sprain) and F Alan Williams (R meniscus tear) are listed as questionable. G Brandon Knight (L ACL tear) is listed as out.


Warriors: 7-3.

Suns: 1-9.


Tony Brothers (crew chief), Jacyn Goble, James Williams


The Warriors won the first of four meetings this season, 129-83 on Feb. 12 at Oracle Arena. They swept all four games last season and are 12-1 against the Suns in the Steve Kerr era.


MOTIVATED VETS: Draymond Green, Andre Iguodala, Shaun Livingston, Zaza Pachulia, David West and Nick Young, expected to generate offense, combined to shoot 19-of-59 (32.2 percent) in a five-point loss Friday. They must be better; they can’t be much worse. Phoenix leads the NBA in points allowed.

THE BIG MEN: JaVale McGee started nine straight games at center, but Pachulia started the last two. The Suns are long up front, so McGee could be in line for a start or more minutes. In addition, Damian Jones, the team’s other 7-footer, also could get playing time.

STREAKING WITH THREES: The Suns own the longest active streak of games with at least one 3-point make (1,128). The Warriors are No. 2 (1,121). Both streaks are endangered. Curry, Thompson and Durant are out for the Warriors. Booker will either sit out or play with a splint on his shooting hand.