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Bob Myers describes best part about Andrew Bogut returning to Warriors

Bob Myers describes best part about Andrew Bogut returning to Warriors

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Warriors center Damian Jones sustained a season-ending pectoral injury on Dec. 1 in Detroit.

Shortly thereafter, Golden State connected with Bogut about a possible return.

On Friday morning, Warriors GM Bob Myers shed light on the process of reuniting with Bogut during an appearance on 95.7 The Game.

"Andrew, because he's loyal and because it was partly his team in Australia, was saying, 'Look, I'm not gonna leave now. I can't do that to my teammates and my organization. But if you're still interested when my season is over...' 

"And Bogut didn't bail on his team. He waited until they were out of the playoffs. He said, 'Worst case, early March I'm done. If you're still interested, let me know.' So that's how that thing started.

"And it was quiet because so many things can change. If a wing had gotten hurt, maybe we would have had to go wing."

Well, no wings on the Warriors got hurt, Robin Lopez didn't reach a buyout with the Bulls by March 1 and Bogut is rocking a Warriors uniform again (and getting standing ovations from the fans at Oracle).

"The best part of the story is that Andrew wanted to come back," Myers explained. "In this business, there's so much opportunity for people to not get along.

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"Relationships are often broken and not repaired. And so to sustain a relationship with a guy that we actually had to trade ... he could have not come back. If he had any negative feelings about us, he's just gonna say, 'Hey, I'm flattered. I'm not coming.' Or not even picked up the phone.

"The better part is he had a rapport with our players; with Steve (Kerr). It's a testament to our culture that a guy had a good enough time that he wanted to come back."

Or, the guy just really missed playing poker with Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green.

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Why Bob Myers believes Warriors' title run felt like 'running five marathons'

Why Bob Myers believes Warriors' title run felt like 'running five marathons'

It's hard to blame the man.

After five consecutive runs to the NBA Finals, just about every member of the Golden State Warriors organization was drained. General manager Bob Myers recently joined The Athletic’s Tim Kawakami on his podcast, and went in-depth on the toll these marathon seasons have taken.

“Thinking back to my state of mind, there's things I know. I was tired, I know that. Just the five years, I don't know how that plays with the audience and listeners and how to convey that appropriately, but internally, for those that work here, that was, we felt that.”

“And not having time each offseason, leading right into the draft, leading right into free agency, I look at it as running five marathons back to back to back. And the fifth one, you're just like 'Can we cross the line?'”

Myers also constantly dealt with questions regarding the 2019 free agency period throughout the tail end of the season.

“I didn't have that kind of certainty that you intimated as far as did I know if Kevin was gonna go or stay. It was more of 'There's a lot of work to do and a lot of unknowns’.”

[RELATED: Warriors projected to face Clippers in playoffs by ESPN real plus-minus]

KD’s departure put a bow on what was one of the most dominant three-year runs by a team in NBA history. Although the team salvaged All-Star D’Angelo Russell in the Durant sign-and-trade, the team still enters 2020 with a litany of unknowns.

“I don't think it was a fear of what was upcoming, it was just more of, there's a lot of uncertainty.”

Warriors projected to face Clippers in playoffs by ESPN real plus-minus

Warriors projected to face Clippers in playoffs by ESPN real plus-minus

With the absence of Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson's torn ACL and so many changes to multiple teams, the Western Conference is more wide open than ever for the upcoming 2019-20 NBA season. 

The Warriors' time ruling the West might have come to an end, too. Golden State lost Durant to Brooklyn and will miss Thompson's two-way play for multiple months. For these reasons, ESPN's real-plus minus has the Warriors finishing the regular season closer to the No. 8 seed than the No. 1 seed. 

The projection system predicts the Warriors to be the No. 6 seed in the West. Since RPM debuted after the Warriors' first title under coach Steve Kerr, the equation has projected the Warriors to win at least 60 wins. Not anymore. 

Golden State's new-look squad is projected to have just 46.5 wins by ESPN's RPM. The Warriors have won at least 57 games in each of Kerr's five years coaching the team. 

According to the projection system, the Warriors will have fewer wins than the Rockets, Nuggets, Clippers, Jazz and Lakers. It has the Mavericks and Blazers rounding out the top-eight seeds, with the Kings barely missing the playoffs. 

This would set up a Warriors-Clippers matchup in the first round of the NBA playoffs.

The two teams opened up the playoffs this past season, and the Clippers surprisingly pushed the Warriors to six games. But the Clips revamped their roster this offseason, adding stars Kawhi Leonard and Paul George. 

[RELATED: Myers explains what attracted Warriors to D'Angelo Russell]

By the time the playoffs roll around, the Warriors should have Thompson back and well understanding of each other with many new faces playing together. 

If this is how the first round of the playoffs turn out, we could be in for a treat right away.