Andrew Bogut 'kind of blown away' by how Warriors recruited him to return

Andrew Bogut 'kind of blown away' by how Warriors recruited him to return

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

Andrew Bogut put pen to paper Wednesday. He’s officially a member of the Golden State Warriors again.

Although things escalated quickly in the last couple of days, the process of bringing the Aussie big man back to the Bay Area began months ago.

The No. 1 overall pick in the 2005 draft thought his NBA career was over. But then the two-time defending champions came calling.

Marc Stein of The New York Times has the details:

The Warriors began lobbying Bogut to rejoin them in December and made it to March with a roster opening for the 7-foot center, who wasn’t available to be signed until the Kings’ season ended last weekend.

“I was kind of blown away,” Bogut said in a telephone interview from Australia. “This wasn’t a situation where I threw my hat in the ring to try to get signed in the NBA. I wouldn’t do that.

“To come back to the NBA, for me, was basically Golden State or nothing. But the fact it was Golden State — it was the kind of opportunity that I would be kicking myself if I didn’t take.”

If you recall, Damian Jones' season ended when he tore his pectoral muscle during the Warriors' Dec. 1 loss at Detroit. So, it makes sense that Golden State connected with Bogut at some point shortly thereafter.

It's been widely reported that the Warriors had Robin Lopez at the top of their wish list. But once he and the Bulls failed to reach terms on a buyout, "Golden State intensified its pursuit of Bogut as soon as the (Sydney) Kings were eliminated from the N.B.L. playoffs," Stein wrote.

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Considering the fact that Bogut held a press conference in Sydney on Wednesday (technically Thursday in Australia), it seems unlikely that he will play Friday night against the Nuggets in Oakland.

Perhaps his debut will be Sunday against the Suns? We will see if Warriors coach Steve Kerr provides an update after practice Thursday.

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Kobe Bryant memorial live stream: How to watch service online


Kobe Bryant memorial live stream: How to watch service online

Thousands will flock to Staples Center on Monday to celebrate the like of Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna. 

Kobe, Gianna and seven others tragically died in a helicopter crash in Calabassas on Jan. 26. 

The service is being held on Feb. 24 to symbolize both Gianna (No. 2) and Kobe's (No. 24) jersey numbers.

Tickets to the service are sold out and city officials have asked people who do not have tickets to stay away from the area.

The screens around Staples Center and L.A. Live will go dark during the service.

Bryant won five NBA titles with the Lakers and is regarded as perhaps the greatest to ever wear the Lakers jersey. In his post-playing career, Bryant won an Academy Award for his short film "Dear Basketball" and spent time coaching Gianna's basketball team.

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Here's how to watch Kobe and Gianna Bryant's memorial service online:

When: Monday, Feb. 24, at 10 a.m.
Live Stream: ABC News Live

Warriors sign former top pick Dragan Bender to 10-day contract

Warriors sign former top pick Dragan Bender to 10-day contract

The Warriors have filled one of their open roster spots.

Dragan Bender, who was the No. 4 overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, siged  a 10-day contract with Golden State, the team announced Sunday.

The potential move was first reported Thursday.

As the Warriors season winds down, they plan to get a look at a number of players.

"I know we have a list of players who we'd like to take a look at," coach Steve Kerr told reporters Tuesday night. "We'll see how that all pans out.

"But there's a good chance that over the last couple months of the season we take a look at some different players. That's the idea."

Bender started the season with the Milwaukee Bucks, but he was waived Feb. 10 after appearing in just seven games.

The 22-year-old did play in 13 G League contests with the Wisconsin Herd, averaging 20.5 points and 8.9 rebounds while shooting over 38 percent from deep.

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His best season was in 2017-18 when he averaged 6.5 points and 4.4 rebounds over 25.2 minutes per game.

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