Warriors excited to add Andrew Bogut as 'insurance policy' at center

Warriors excited to add Andrew Bogut as 'insurance policy' at center

OAKLAND -- It's official: Andrew Bogut is back with the Warriors.

Bogut, who had to receive clearance from his current team, the Sydney Kings of Australia's NBL, agreed to a veteran's minimum deal with the Warriors this week. The team announced the signing Wednesday morning.

With Golden State thin in the frontcourt and the team's need for a defensive presence, the Warriors seemed more than happy to welcome an old friend to the fold during the stretch run.

"We're excited about [Bogut] coming in," Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. "We looked at this as an insurance policy in the frontcourt. A guy who obviously knows our players, half of them."

Bogut, who played for the Warriors from 2012 until 2016, spent the majority of this season in his native Australia. He averaged 11.4 points, 11.5 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 2.7 blocks per game for the Kings, winning MVP of the league.

When the 13-year NBA veteran signed with the Australian team less than a year ago after being bought out by the Lakers, he expressed doubt he'd even play in the NBA. He told The Daily Telegraph in Australia, "This is my official retirement from the NBA. ... I have no want to go back there, regardless of offers that I get."

However, two months ago, with Damian Jones tearing his left pectoral muscle in December and DeMarcus Cousins still rehabbing, Golden State and Bogut's representation chatted about his availability, according to Kerr.

Recently, Warriors assistant general manager Larry Harris traveled to Australia to see Bogut's progress and if he'd be a fit with the team. With Jones' injury, the Warriors had just one true center on the roster, and found themselves in the market for a big man in the buyout market.

But when no options came to fruition, Bogut seemed like a solid fit because of his defensive prowess and size. 

"We have to look ahead for the playoffs for different matchups and we feel vulnerable," Kerr said. "Particularly in the case of injury against certain matchups." 

"We all know what [Bogut] brings to the table," Warriors forward Draymond Green said. "So I think it will overall help us, especially going down this stretch where it's going to be a tough run to try to three-peat, so it will be important for us to have him back and I know he's going to contribute a lot in winning this championship."

As for playing time, Kerr said he doesn't know how many minutes Bogut will receive upon returning. 

"I have no idea how it's going to play out, that's the expectation," Kerr said. "The whole idea is he's coming in with no expectations for minutes. He's going to be a part of our team and whatever the situation calls for then we'll use him."

Bogut's presence could be a boost for a defensive unit that ranks 16th in defensive rating (109.5) and 18th in points allowed (112.4). During the 2015-16 season, his last with the Warriors, the team had the sixth-best defense in the league on their way to an NBA-record 73 wins. 

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Remnants of Bogut's defensive influence are still seen on the Warriors today. During Green's first practice with the Warriors in 2012, Bogut gave Green, now one of the best defenders in the league, a few defensive lessons.

"I learned I had no clue," Green said. "You know, leaving college you had to guard the post with your chest, which is ridiculous. In the NBA, you get torched guarding the post with your chest." 

Now, almost three years since he left the Warriors, the team hopes he can use that defensive influence to help guide the Warriors to their third straight title. 

"I didn't foresee this happening, but I'm excited as hell about it," Green added. "It's good."

Warriors GM Bob Myers discusses high school Hall of Fame induction

Warriors GM Bob Myers discusses high school Hall of Fame induction

Believe it or not, Warriors general manager Bob Myers was once the worst player on his basketball team. That was at UCLA, but in his defense, he was one of the stand-outs in high school.

He was a star for the Monte Vista Mustangs and was recently part of the first Athletic Hall of Fame class.

Before the dinner honoring the group of inductees, he told his kids that he was being honored for being a good player, and they poked fun at him as they were confused about him being referred to as a talented athlete.

"But I'm in man, I got in -- they can't take it away," Myers told NBC Sports Bay Area's Bob Fitzgerald and Kelenna Azubuike during Friday's Warriors-Lakers telecast. 

His former school honored him with a plaque that he's sporting on his dashboard. He also got a license plate frame.

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Fitzgerald said he will be calling Myers "Hall of Famer" for the rest of the year.

Suppose that means it was worth it.

Warriors GM Bob Myers breaks down what Marquese Chriss brings to team

Warriors GM Bob Myers breaks down what Marquese Chriss brings to team

Marquese Chriss hasn't wasted any time adjusting to the Warriors after being acquired in October.

"He's done a nice job, he's played in the five -- I don't think he's played a ton of five, screen-setting, just the littlest things," general manager Bob Myers told NBC Sports Bay Area's Bob Fitzgerald and Kelenna Azubuike during Friday's Warriors-Lakers telecast. "Changing his angle on the screens, he's learned to play off these guys."

"Sometimes you need a bit of a wakeup call to just start doing the little things."

The little things the big man has been working on stretch beyond his playing ability. Young Chriss, at just 22 years old, has already been on four teams in three years if you include the Dubs.

When he was brought in, he was viewed as someone to not only make an impact now but down the line.

The team hadn't had a high draft pick in several years and to get someone of his age and caliber is the perfect addition to the roster as Kerr explained after acquiring Chriss

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Chriss looks forward to making a comeback after being plagued with a history of injuries. And the Warriors appear to be happy with the gamble they took. But time will tell.