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Bogut backs Warriors for fresh NBA glory

Andrew Bogut has backed the Golden State Warriors to win their fourth NBA title in five years after signing a short-term deal with the franchise.

Bogut backs Warriors for fresh NBA glory

Andrew Bogut has backed the Golden State Warriors to win their fourth NBA title in five years after signing a short-term deal with the franchise.

ANDREW BOGUT #66 of the Los Angeles Lakers poses during media day in El Segundo, California.
ANDREW BOGUT #66 of the Los Angeles Lakers poses during media day in El Segundo, California. Picture:Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

Newly-signed Golden State Warrior Andrew Bogut says there's every reason to believe the Oakland-based NBA giants can secure their fourth title in five years as they continue to ride high in the Western Conference.

Bogut this week signed for the Warriors on a short-term deal from the Sydney Kings, taking him through to the end of the NBA season.


The 213cm centre made 236 appearances for the franchise between 2012 and 2016, helping them to the 2015 championship, but was traded to Dallas Mavericks in 2016 as part of efforts to sign Kevin Durant.

Bogut said he held no grudges over the trade, and couldn't wait to get back to the NBA grind with the Warriors' superstar team.

The Californians are currently at the top of the Western Conference with a 44-20 record, ahead of the Denver Nuggets, and remain NBA title favourites.

"I understood, it was a business decision - you've got a chance to sign Kevin Durant and I'm the odd man out," Bogut said.

"They had to free up some cap space ... I'd do that to myself if I was the GM. I'm not under any illusions that I'm as good as (Durant)."

Bogut said he'd communicated with coach Steve Kerr before re-signing with the Warriors but was yet to get in touch with his old teammates, including Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green.

He said they remained the NBA team to beat.

"Winning two championships in a row, there is a bit of that hangover where at times it becomes a grind, but this time of the season, they've stayed relatively healthy, they've got DeMarcus (Cousins) back," Bogut said.

"Golden State have had some ups and downs, I don't think it's the worst thing in the world - a bit of adversity isn't the worst thing."

The Warriors' two-time NBA MVP Curry said he was excited at the prospect of having Bogut back in Oakland, while Green said he was pleased by Bogut's acquisition and that he'd be "great for us."

Kerr, meanwhile, labelled Bogut a front-court insurance policy.

"He's great for our offence, dribble hand-offs, his passing abilities, lob threat - defensively, he's been one of the best in the game," Kerr said.

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