JaVale McGee delivers message regarding future Warriors lob attempts

JaVale McGee delivers message regarding future Warriors lob attempts

With Zaza Pachulia missing his third straight game on Tuesday, JaVale McGee started for the first time this season.

He recorded nine points (4-for-5 shooting) and five rebounds in 16 minutes.

"Felt good," McGee told reporters after the Warriors' 113-109 win. "I was just trying to stay down on pump fakes, not get in foul trouble and just be a spark."

Warriors players and coaches have praised McGee's rim presence and the fact that teams have to account for his ability to roll to the rim and finish lobs.The Warriors converted on one of three traditional lob attempts to McGee against the Pelicans, but the big man is confident that percentage will rise.

"People have always looked for me in the lob situation, but I'm just getting used to playing with them," McGee said. "They're getting used to playing with me and knowing where to throw it. And pretty soon, all those lobs are gonna be going down."

McGee on Tuesday shot his first lob attempt from Steph Curry over the rim.

Midway through the first quarter he converted an alley-oop from Draymond Green, and got fouled on a lob from Draymond on the Warriors' next possession (he made one of two free throws).

He rolled to the rim on Golden State's first possession of the second half and Curry found McGee for an easy uncontested dunk.

He converted his last attempt with 7:27 remaining in the third quarter when he slipped a screen, made a nice one-handed catch on a pass from Curry and finished in traffic.

"I remember the last play Steph passed to me, I almost missed it," McGee explained. "It was crazy. Like, I didn't know where the ball was coming from. But you just gotta be ready. That's what basketball is about -- hand-eye coordination. Luckily, I was blessed with it.

Andrew Bogut's agent had no idea center was talking to Warriors about return

Andrew Bogut's agent had no idea center was talking to Warriors about return

When rumors around Andrew Bogut's potential return to the Warriors began to circulate, many people were caught entirely off guard.

But it wasn't just fans and analysts who were surprised the 2005 No. 1 overall pick would be returning to help his former team capture another title. 

Bogut's agent apparently had no idea the veteran center and the Warriors had been discussing a return to the Bay Area.

“Funny enough, my agent didn’t even know,” Bogut told The Athletic's Ethan Strauss. “I told my agent, ‘Hey I’m talking to the Warriors,’ and he was like, ‘What the f***? Do they know I’m your agent? Why don’t they call me?’”

The 34-year-old last played for the Warriors during the 2015-16 season and has been out of the NBA since January of 2018.

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In the four games since his return to the two-time defending champions, Bogut is averaging 5.3 points and 6.2 rebounds while looking slimmer and more athletic, something he attributes to drinking more beer and having a less rigorous schedule while being back home in Australia. 

The unexpected reunion has been a success so far. Perhaps when Bogut officially hangs up his sneakers he can start a second career as an agent.

It's worked out so far.

Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic suffers gruesome leg injury vs. Nets


Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic suffers gruesome leg injury vs. Nets

Blazers starting center Jusuf Nurkic suffered a horrible, horrible injury during Monday night's game against the Nets.

If you watched it live or have watched a replay, you know how brutal it was. If you haven't watched the video, DON'T.

Just think Gordon Hayward, Kevin Ware, Paul George and Shaun Livingston.

It was that bad.

Shortly after midnight, the Blazers announced that Nurkic suffered a compound fractures to his left tibia and fibula, and that there is no timetable for his return.

Nurkic was having a monster game at the time of the injury, dropping in 32 points and grabbing 16 rebounds, and the Blazers beat the Nets in double overtime, but neither matters at this point.

Losing Nurkic is another huge blow for the Blazers, who currently sit in fourth place in the Western Conference. They are already playing without shooting guard CJ McCollum, who strained his popliteus muscle in his left knee.

Warriors center DeMarcus Cousins was among the current and former players to send their thoughts and prayers to Nurkic.