Warriors GM Defends Blockbuster Trade
With the trade now official, and after absorbing a cycle of negative reaction from the fans, members of Warriors management spoke publicly about the team’s blockbuster move.
The gist of their unified message — delivered before Wednesday’s 105-103 loss to visiting Boston — was clear: They hated to see star Monta Ellis go, but it was worth it to get center Andrew Bogut.
(Warriors general manager Larry) Riley, recognizing fans were upset at the move, defended the trade before Wednesday’s game.
“We were finally able to bring a big man into this organization and a big man of quality,” Riley said. “It’s not the same old thing anymore. We took a bold step. We know it’s a bold step.
“We were stuck,” Riley continued. “You want to be stuck three games below .500 at this time of the year every year? You want to be stuck five games below or something like that? That’s where we were. And that’s where we were going again the next year if we couldn’t do something.”