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NBA AM: Bogut Wants To Stay With The Warriors
Posted By Steve Kyler On October 2, 2013 @ 9:16 am In Main Page,NBA | No Comments
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Bogut Wants To Stay In Golden State: Warriors’ big man Andrew Bogut is entering his ninth NBA season and the final year of his contract. The oft-injured Bogut has played 82 games just once in his eight completed NBA seasons. Said another way Bogut has missed 31 percent of the possible 640 games he been eligible to play.
Last season he logged 32 games for the Warriors, this year he is hoping to do substantially better than that.
In a long ranging Q&A with Tim Kawakami of the Mercury News, Bogut talks about his team, his future with the club and how he reacted to the Warriors exploring Dwight Howard in Free Agency.
“Let’s be honest, right now, he’s a potential Hall of Famer,” Bogut said of Howard. “So I can’t say if I was a GM I wouldn’t be looking to make that deal.
“So I don’t take it personal. From what I know, no premier free agent has ever [or] had ever visited the Warriors the last X-number of years.
“They were pretty excited by that.
“In some ways, you look at it, and it does piss you off a little bit. But I don’t take it personal. They’re trying to get better.
“I’m still here and Dwight’s created his circus and the circus is past and we’re moving on. I’m not too worried about it.
“Like I said, I want to be here. I love it as a place to live–I love where I’m living right now, love the weather, love the people, love the fans.
“But it’s a matter of business. I’m not silly enough to go out tomorrow and buy a house and think I’m going to be here the rest of my career, because the NBA, it’s not just realistic.”
Bogut has been clear publicly that he’d like to remain with the Warrior beyond his current contract, but says there have been no talks of extension with his team.
“I want to stay,” Bogut said. “There haven’t been [talks]. But I want to stay here, if I can. I like the organization, I like the direction, I like the owners, I love the coaches, I love the players.
“I honestly want to stay here. But I’m not (overlooking) that I’ve been hurt, so my value has been diminished a little bit. And obviously I want to have a good year.
“But I’m not one of those guys who wants to have a good year, get my deal and then shut it down. I wouldn’t do that. People might think that because of last year and the injury, but it’s a unique circumstance.
“I just want to keep playing. I want to get to the playoffs and make a run at that and then let the chips fall where they may.
“If I get an extension, I get it. If I don’t, I don’t. But we’re not really talking about it right now. The focus is training camp.
“And I think a big fellah on the open market isn’t all so bad, either, judging by the last (off-season).
Bogut says for the first time in a while he feels healthy and back to his expected form.
“I’m just healthy,” Bogut said. “My body feels good. I had a chance to actually work on my game this summer and rectify some things.
“I’m getting up and down the floor–doing basketball-specific conditioning.
“In the preseason last season, I wasn’t even allowed on the court until late October and was stuck on a treadmill the whole time… I feel good. Hopefully I can keep pushing.
The Warriors have been in Training Camp for four days now and will play their first pre-season game on Saturday versus the LA Lakers in Ontario, California.
Check out the entire Q&A with Tim Kawakami of the Mercury News here.
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Nothing Splashy: In July, Orlando Magic GM Rob Hennigan said his team would not be swimming in the free agent poll, rather they might dip a toe in the water and that’s basically what the Magic did bring in bringing in veteran guard Ronnie Price and veteran big man Jason Maxiel.
Hennigan told HOOPSWORLD that with two offseasons under his belt, his team is starting to add the kinds of players he covets.
“I think it’s about bringing in guys who have been around the league for a while,” Hennigan said. “Who have been in big games; who have seen both sides of the spectrum and can use the knowledge and the experience they have to maybe shed some wisdom and some guidance on some of the younger players on the team.
“Toughness. Toughness, experience, and a real genuine sense of what it takes to work in this league and the amount of effort and the amount of consistency that it takes to start seeing results.”
Maxiel’s connection to current Magic assistant GM Scott Perry, formerly in Detroit with Maxiel, makes his signing make sense; especially with big man Glen Davis still dealing with complications from an offseason surgery which resulted in a screw being inserted into his foot incorrectly.
Davis is trying to work his way back, but is still a big unknown going forward.
Price is the consummate professional and he can really have an impact on the character of the locker room, especially with so many younger guys.
The Magic have been playing together for most of the summer, and the new additions have been part of that, and while the Magic urged their guys to stick around this summer, it was not required.
From Hennigan’s point of view spending the summer together is critically important to team building.
“It starts with building a continuity and trust level with each other,” Hennigan said. “Really understanding that whatever adversity comes down the pipe, we have to overcome that together, and the only way we’re going to do that is by trusting each other and leaning on each other, so I think the fact that our guys are starting to build that trust and that intimacy will help us moving forward.”
The Magic will play their first preseason game on October 9 in Jacksonville versus the new look New Orleans Pelicans.
Gasol Wants To Stay In LA: Lakers’ big man Pau Gasol has ridden the emotional roller coaster of being wanted, then not wanted and now he’s wanted again.
What has not changed for Gasol is his desire to remain in LA beyond his current contract which ends this season. And with star guard Kobe Bryant sidelined until what’s expected to be December. The Lakers need Gasol now more than ever.
“It’s nice to be here in the last year of my contract,” Gasol said to Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times . “I’d love to continue to play with the Lakers [next year]. We’ve been through so much together. Mostly amazing moments and some hard moments too.
“It’s like a relationship. If you’re still together, it shows improved strength and consistency and how solid the relationship is. Hopefully we’ll see if we can extend it.”
Gasol spent his offseason trying to get his knees right, undergoing some alternative treatment options which included ultrasound treatments to breakup tissue and calcification in his knees followed by injections of his own stem cells from his back.
The Lakers have admitted that they took a lot of opportunities away from Gasol last year to try and find room for Dwight Howard. With Howard now in Houston, the plan is to funnel a lot more through Gasol, especially with Bryant on the shelf.
As thing stand today, the Lakers have just the contracts of Steve Nash ($9.701 million) and reserve center Robert Sacre ($915,000) on the books next season and are looking at the ability to have ample cap space in July of 2014.
The prevailing thought around the Lakers is that if Gasol has a solid season, which is expected, the Lakers might do a new more cap friendly deal with Gasol.
The problem is that if Gasol has a great season how much of a discount will he give the Lakers especially with how he’s been handled since 2011?
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