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Bob Myers identifies 'the best part' of Andrew Bogut rejoining Warriors

Bob Myers identifies 'the best part' of Andrew Bogut rejoining Warriors

Where would the Warriors be right now if they hadn't signed Andrew Bogut in March?

In light of DeMarcus Cousins tearing his quad in Game 2 of the NBA playoffs against the Clippers, Bogut's late addition is looking like a shrewd move.

"He's a necessity right now," Warriors general manager Bob Myers told NBC Sports Bay Area's Greg Papa during Pregame Live on Wednesday night. "He's doing great." 

The move apparently was months in the making. According to Myers, the idea of bringing Bogut back from Australia was first floated in December.

"When Damian Jones got hurt, I got on the plane, I think I was on the trip or the next one, and whether it was Draymond or Kerr, somebody grabbed me and kinda said 'What about Bogut?'" Myers said. "And I said 'Yeah, he's an option.' And it's fascinating, because that decision, we can always find who to give credit to, but it was almost an organizational thing where the players were saying it, Kerr was open to it and our front office, obviously Larry Harris went out and saw him."

Bogut's first tenure with the Warriors ended following the 2016 NBA Finals. The Warriors signed Kevin Durant and needed to clear contracts to accommodate his salary, so Bogut was sent to the Dallas Mavericks.

"The best part of it is, most of the time when you trade a player away, there are bitter feelings, right?" Myers said. "And he had every right to feel that way even though we were getting Durant. But he wanted to come back. And he had other opportunities."

In another trying season full of drama and free agency rumors, Myers appreciates the clear mind Bogut has brought to the Warriors.

"Just the kind of joy he's playing with has been great for us because he hasn't been through some of the rigmarole of the last few years," Myers said. "So he's coming in with a great attitude, which has been great for us."

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So, where would the Warriors be right now without Bogut? Probably starting Kevon Looney and playing Jordan Bell a lot more minutes than they'd prefer.

Yeah, we'd say the reunion with Bogut has worked out well for both sides.

Klay Thompson jokes about 'shark' Andrew Bogut rejoining Warriors next season

Klay Thompson jokes about 'shark' Andrew Bogut rejoining Warriors next season

Programming note: Watch the pregame edition of Warriors Outsiders tonight at 6, streaming live on the MyTeams app.

Andrew Bogut is a member of the Warriors right now, but he's definitely returning to Australia to play in the NBL next season.

"I've given my word to go back," the big man told reporters after practice Tuesday.

So, if an NBA team offers him a contract for the whole 2019-20 season, would he consider staying in the States?

"No. I really enjoy being at home with the family," Bogut answered. "One or two games a week is great, and this is the most important time in my kids' lives.

"Zero to two, zero to three -- the imprints or impressions that you put on as parents at that age set them up for success or failure, in my opinion, from everything that I've read."

So, then this is Bogut's last hurrah in the NBA?

"Well, you never know, I could come back after the NBL season," the No. 1 overall pick in the 2005 NBA Draft said with a smile. "Might have started a trend. I'll listen, it's not something I'm turning down or it's not something I'm accepting at this point. First and foremost get through this year and [then] we can talk about the future.

"But if it presents itself again, it's a pretty ideal situation, especially in California ... I might not even get an offer. Might not want to come back. Might want to hang up the boots at that point. Who knows."

When Warriors guard Klay Thompson was told that Bogut could return to Golden State next March, he offered his opinion on the matter.

"I would like that, too, so I won't have to play poker with him the whole year," Klay jokingly said. "He's a pretty big shark in that aspect."

Bogut loves playing cards and is "the self-proclaimed best poker player in the organization."

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He loves playing against Klay on the Warriors' team plane because Klay apparently isn't as good at hold 'em as he is as at basketball.

Somebody needs to find out how much money Bogut has taken from Klay over the years.

And lastly, in case you're in need of a laugh:

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Andrew Bogut explains how becoming father changed his life perspective

Andrew Bogut explains how becoming father changed his life perspective

Programming note: Watch the pregame edition of Warriors Outsiders on Wednesday night at 6, streaming live on the MyTeams app.

Andrew Bogut and his wife have two kids. The oldest is about 2 1/2 years old, and the youngest is about 9 months old.

That means the big man wasn't a father during his first run with the Warriors, which ended in July 2016 when he was traded to Dallas.

“Having two kids totally changed his life,” Golden State coach Steve Kerr told Ethan Strauss of The Athletic. “He’s no longer a cynic. He’s just as smart and wise and fun.

"He’s always been a really good dude.”

Bogut agrees that being a father has changed his outlook on life.

“If you do lose or play bad, you get to go home to two kids who don’t give a s--t about it, so it’s a pretty cool thing," Bogut explained to The Athletic. "You can get home from whatever you’re doing, and when you’ve got two kids and one of them s--ts themselves, and you’ve got to change the diaper, you kind of forget about all the bad things you’re going through.”

Speaking as somebody who became a father three months ago, this is absolutely correct.

Bogut -- who started five games during the regular season -- jumped center in Games 3 and 4 of the NBA playoff series against the Clippers in place of the injured DeMarcus Cousins:
Game 3 = eight points, 14 rebounds, five assists, steal, block
Game 4 = eight points, 10 rebounds, four assists

He's helping on the court and in the locker room, where he's respected by all.

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“He’s still an a--hole, that ain't changed,” Kevon Looney told The Athletic, while smiling. “But he was always nice to his teammates, and he’s great to me. I say he’s probably the smartest, one of the smartest basketball players I ever played with.

"Him and Andre [Iguodala] and Draymond [Green], IQ level is crazy.”

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