Lost in the excitement of the Golden State Warriors signing Kevin Durant was the exile of many beloved Warriors players from their current era, which has been one of the most successful in the history of the tortured franchise.
Mo Speights is now with the rival Los Angeles Clippers giving a big contribution off the bench, Leandro Barbosa and Festus Ezeli are making little noise in their respective homes of Portland and Phoenix, and former Warriors small forward Harrison Barnes is putting up career-best scoring numbers in Dallas.
Barnes and another former Warrior — center Andrew Bogut, who now plays with Barnes in Dallas — are set to make their return to Oracle Arena tonight. Bogut shared his thoughts on his return and his time with GSW, and it was less than friendly.
— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) November 9, 2016
So I guess vaguely taking shots at former teammates the day you’re going to play them without specifying who you’re talking about is honorable and cool?
I suppose I get Bogut’s point about people in the league being two-faced, but you have to think that’s more a result of PR training than anything else. When you have media constantly in your face asking you basic questions about your work life and your relationships to your co-workers, you’re going to have to lie sometimes to get through it.
Bogut was a great Warrior and I think everyone knows that. Even if he wasn’t much help in either NBA Finals he played in with the team, they definitely wouldn’t have made it there without him. But when you have the chance to sign Kevin Durant, you move on, and that’s what the Warriors did. Bogut probably should too.