Andrew Bogut is still not over the fact that the Golden State Warriors traded him this offseason to the Dallas Mavericks. The Australian center was one of the players mentioned in many NBA rumors of being traded when there were talks that the team were trying to acquire Kevin Durant.
When KD officially committed to Golden State, the Warriors had no choice but to blow up their championship core and that included trading Bogut to the Mavericks.
Before Bogut’s new team took on his former team on Wednesday, Bogut shared his thoughts on moving on to another squad during the offseason. The Australian center also sounded bitter when talking about some people during his previous tenure in Golden State.
“I mean there’s no doubt it’s disappointing to leave one of the best teams – record-wise, those last two years … you leave a team like that and it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity,” Bogut told USA Today about his reaction to the sudden departure from Golden State.
“It was bitter in a way. I wasn’t mad at anybody about it. I understood it completely. I’m not stupid.”
Bogut was a crucial piece in the Warriors’ back-to-back appearances in the NBA Finals and also when they won the title in 2015. Last offseason, Bogut was forced to go to the Mavericks in exchange for future second round picks.
Bogut was also asked how he felt about some people doubting his health and he had strong words against his critics.
“I don’t buy into the sources thing. I don’t buy into all that (expletive), because this league is so two-faced and everybody is so fake. The same people who made those comments will see me tomorrow and shake my hand and ask me how my family is.,” Bogut added.
“This league is full of people who are full of (expletive) and shallow, and that’s what you figure out in pro sports. It’s very hard to meet a genuine person who you can call your friend in this league. That’s just the reality, and I understand that.”
Bogut is now the starting center in Dallas, where he also joins Harrison Barnes, another one of the players who had to leave because the Warriors spent on Kevin Durant
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