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New-look Bogut turning heads at Warriors training camp

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New-look Bogut turning heads at Warriors training camp

OAKLAND –- Andrew Bogut saw, somewhere on the horizon, the end of his NBA days. He wondered if he had two more years. Or three. Or four.

Career time is getting shorter for the 30-year-old Warriors center. And having undergone multiple surgeries that have taken a toll on his 7-foot body, Bogut, seeking a rebirth, bowed to the gods of diet and nutrition.

Those gods have, based on training camp results, been good to the Aussie.

“Bogut’s been amazing so far,” interim coach Luke Walton said, recalling a sequence during Friday’s scrimmage when the big man dived into the passing lane for a steal before leading the fast break.

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On Saturday, as the Warriors concluded camp, Bogut again turned heads.

“He went three-quarters of the court, coast-to-coast, to finish with a floater,” Steph Curry said.

The Warriors, it appears, have a brand new Bogut. Players and coaches are noticing. Bogut says he lost about 22 pounds, resulting in improved agility and stamina.

Most of the credit, according to Bogut, should go to Is Sugar the New Fat?, a documentary he watched on Australian TV in August. Bogut was stunned to discover how the low-fat revolution in the '80s and '90s resulted in food manufacturers replacing fat with sugar.

“I changed my diet a little bit,” he said. “It’s really worked wonders for me.

“I watched that documentary,” Bogut added. “It’s unbelievable, man. (Sugar) is in absolutely everything. I have a couple friends that are label readers. I used to give them so much (crap), telling them, ‘Man, just eat it. Stop reading the label.’ And now I’m one of those guys.”

Fat is fine, but gone are the processed sugars, also known as bad carbs. Bogut’s physique is flatter, his face more angled. His weight, previously around 275, has dropped into the low 250s.

“He obviously worked harder this summer than I did,” Walton joked. “We’re thrilled with what we’ve seen from him.”

What the Warriors are seeing is a guy who might be less of a misfit when they go small. Someone who can better maintain a fast pace while also producing offense.

Bogut wants to be more than a big man who drops anchor in the paint and rarely gets a sniff of the ball.

“I want to get a couple post moves, roll to the glass strong and finish,” Bogut said. “It takes a lot of pressure off us, then we can get a decent shot from the perimeter.”

Curry already visualizes the team’s potential with a new-and-improved big man.

“He does some stuff that you don’t expect from a guy that size,” Curry said. “His skill level is so high. When he’s able to move and be agile . . . it’s fun to watch.”

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Enlightened and energized, Bogut seems to feel every word as he preaches his new gospel. He has placed his physical faith in healthier eating habits. 

And, yet, he knows there is only one way to prove his new game can stick.

“Everybody looks amazing in the preseason,” Bogut said. “I’ve got to carry it over into the games and into the regular season.”

DeMarcus Cousins dunks for first points in Warriors debut vs. Clippers

DeMarcus Cousins dunks for first points in Warriors debut vs. Clippers

DeMarcus Cousins made his Warriors debut Friday night against the Clippers, and it didn't take him long to make a positive impact for Golden State.

After missing a layup on the Warriors' first offensive possession, Cousins had a more assertive second attempt, slamming home a thunderous dunk off a well-executed pick-and-roll with Kevin Durant for the Dubs' first points of the game.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr said Cousins would play in short bursts in his debut, but he wouldn't be under a minutes restriction. 

Cousins preached patience ahead of his return to live game action, but the Dubs clearly made a priority of getting him on the board early.

Warriors vs. Clippers watch guide: Lineups, injuries and player usage

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Warriors vs. Clippers watch guide: Lineups, injuries and player usage

LOS ANGELES -- Somewhere behind the tsunami of conversation and debate devoted to DeMarcus Cousins making his return to the NBA on Friday, the Warriors and Clippers will play a basketball game.

Coverage on NBC Sports Bay Area begins at 6:30 p.m. with Warriors Pregame, with tipoff at Staples Center scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

Though Cousins’ Warriors debut will be the focal point of every fan around the globe, the team has a compelling bit of business at hand.

They’re trying to extend a six-game winning streak against a team they no longer dominate.

The Warriors (31-14) had beaten the Clippers 12 consecutive times before taking a 19-point loss at Oracle Arena last January. The teams have split their last four games, including the first two this season: a Clippers 121-116 overtime win on Nov. 12 in L.A., and the Warriors taking a 129-127 victory on Dec. 23 in Oakland.

The Clippers (24-20) remade their roster over the last two summers and had been better than projected before losing their last four games. They own the seventh-best record in the Western Conference and 12th-best in the league.

This is the Warriors’ first trip to Staples since the highly publicized squabble between Kevin Durant and Draymond Green on Nov. 12.

PROJECTED LINEUPS

Warriors
F Kevin Durant
F Draymond Green
C DeMarcus Cousins
G Klay Thompson
G Stephen Curry

Clippers
F Danilo Gallinari
F Tobias Harris
C Marcin Gortat
G Avery Bradley
G Shai Gilgeous-Alexander

INJURY REPORT

Warriors
C Damian Jones (left pectoral surgery) is listed as out.

Clippers
F Luc Mbah a Moute (left knee soreness) is listed as out.

ROTATION OUTLOOK

Warriors
Though Cousins will start, he’s not likely to play more than five consecutive minutes, which leaves the possibility of limited action in each quarter. The remaining minutes are expected to go to Kevon Looney and Draymond Green. Jordan Bell, already on the fringe of the rotation, is the odd man out.

Curry (42) and Durant (35) combined for 77 points in the last meeting between the teams.

Backup PG Shaun Livingston has been effective since returning after a brief absence with knee soreness, shooting 10-of-15 from the field over his last four games. He had a season-high 13 points against the Pelicans on Wednesday.

Clippers
Guard Lou Williams is the most dangerous bench scorer in the league. He’s averaging 18.7 ppg, tops among all reserves. He’s averaging 22.5 ppg over his last 12 games.

Backup C/F Montrezl Harrell has been so effective, he consistently plays more minutes than Gortat. His 11 double-doubles lead all reserves.

Williams and Harrell are the primary reasons the Clippers lead the NBA in bench scoring (52.6 ppg). The Warriors are 28th (30.2).

Yes, guard Patrick Beverley remains a Clipper and will get minutes, if only to annoy Curry. It’s fair to say they have a longstanding adversarial relationship.

Officials
Eric Lewis (chief), Gediminas Petraitis, Brandon Adair