Golden State Warriors big man Andrew Bogut’s current stint with the team will be a short one, as he stated his plans to return to Sydney, Australia next season, while responding to a recent dig from Philadelphia 76ers big man Joel Embiid.
Embiid made a joke at the Warriors expense during a recent post-game presser, and it wasn’t unnoticed by Bogut.
“Joel Embiid saying the 76ers don’t want to do what we did in the 2016 Finals is just Joel being Joel – he’s a bit of a larrikin,” Bogut stated, via Yahoo Sports Australia. “But they have to get to a Finals series first before they can even think about doing that.
“It’s been a funny talking point for a lot of people in the league. But we haven’t taken any notice of it and it’s not something that’s been mentioned in the locker room.”
While Bogut has proven he is still a solid NBA contributor at this stage of his career while filing in for the injured DeMarcus Cousins at center, he doesn’t want to undergo another 82-game NBA season.
“It doesn’t really sit well with me when people say I need to prove that I can still play in the NBA. I know I can,” Bogut wrote. “Coming back to the NBL was great for myself, my body and my family. I just don’t really want to get involved in the grueling 82-game NBA season from September until June any more.
I feel like I need to be at home more in the next few years, especially with two young kids. Coming to the NBA for a few months is very doable with the kids, but a full 10-month season isn’t something that I want to do.
I know I can still play in the league but it’s not something I’m looking to do long term. I’m very happy in Sydney and I think we’re doing something pretty special there.”
Warriors’ Kevin Durant Out with Right Calf Strain
Durant has been ruled out for Game 6 on Friday in Houston, and head coach Steve Kerr said that Durant did not suffer an Achilles injury, which many had anticipated:
Steve Kerr on KD: "I was assured that it's a calf strain and not the Achilles." pic.twitter.com/JjCVs06rL7— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) May 9, 2019
Warriors’ DeMarcus Cousins Suffer Torn Quad
The Golden State Warriors will be without center DeMarcus Cousins likely for the rest of the season after the big man was diagnosed with a torn left quad after undergoing an MRI on Tuesday morning, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.
Cousins suffered the injury during the first quarter of Game 2, a game the Warriors lost due to a furious, 31-point comeback by the Los Angeles Clippers.
Boogie went back to the locker room after this play with apparent leg injury. pic.twitter.com/WgzWjxA17B— Warriors on NBCS (@NBCSWarriors) April 16, 2019
Warriors’ Steph Curry Confident Team Can Bounce Back
Following an epic 31-point comeback victory for the Los Angeles Clippers, in Oakland, which shocked the Golden State Warriors, who completely collapsed down the stretch, Warriors guard Steph Curry is still in shock.
“If I had the answer for it, a night like tonight wouldn’t happen,” Curry said, according to Marcus Thompson II of The Athletic. “This game is tough, it’s hard to win playoff games no matter what the matchup is, no matter what the history is, the regular season, team versus team. It’s tough.
“For six-and-a-half quarters we played amazing, had a 31-point lead. The wheels fell off. I know we can get it back. We’ve got to put together 48 minutes of it, just a collective energy, positivity around everything we do.”
While it was somber in the locker room following defeat, Curry knows that it’s time for the team to respond.
“The locker room was down, as it should be, because every game matters to us,” said Curry. “We’ve just got to bounce back.”
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