Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr expressed his sentiment after losing their big man Andrew Bogut to acquire Kevin Durant this offseason.
The Golden State Warriors have succeeded to make a major upgrade on their roster when they acquired Kevin Durant in the recent free agency. To make enough cap room, they traded center Andrew Bogut to Dallas Mavericks and were unable to sign free agents Festus Ezeli and Harrison Barnes.
Of all their losses, Steve Kerr regrets losing their center Andrew Bogut the most. Bogut has played a major role in the Warriors’ recent achievements, especially on defense. The 31-year-old Australian center has established an impressive performance protecting the rim.
“The thing that’s different will be a lack of rim protection,” Kerr told CSNBayArea.com. “We had great rim protection from Bogut and Ezeli, and both those guys are gone. Zaza’s a very good defender, but he’s more of a positional guy than a shot blocker.
“So there’s definitely adjustments we’ll have to make, even schematically. We’ll have some growing pains, especially on defense, as we try to make sure we get everything right and comfortable.”
The Golden State Warriors acquired Zaza Pachulia to replace Andrew Bogut as their starting center. Though Pachulia is also a good defender, he is not a traditional shot blocker like Bogut. The Warriors also lost backup center Festus Ezeli, enabling them to use Anderson Varejao and Damian Jones.
The Warriors were known for having a good bench. However, acquiring Kevin Durant forced them to lose some of their bench players like Marreese Speights and Leandro Barbosa. Luckily, the Warriors found some good replacements like David West.
In the nearing 2016-17 NBA season, the Golden State Warriors are expected to return with the goal of winning the 2017 NBA championship title. The next season will give them the chance to prove if sacrificing some of their players for Kevin Durant is really worth it.
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