Andrew Bogut is rejoining the Golden State Warriors when they play the San Antonio Spurs tonight. But Bogut won’t just be sitting on the back of the bench in his season debut - he’ll be stepping on the court and playing some important minutes.
At Monday’s shootaround, Warriors coach Steve Kerr said that the team - which is without centers DeMarcus Cousins and Damian Jones - will play Bogut against San Antonio.
Steve Kerr on Andrew Bogut tonight: “I’m going to play him.” pic.twitter.com/58Te5e19Ep— Mark Medina (@MarkG_Medina) March 18, 2019
“We’ve got to guard LaMarcus Aldridge,” Kerr said. “[Kevon] Looney can guard LaMarcus, Draymond (can guard him) — but Bogut will be out there at some point.”
Asked how much he would rely on Bogut, Kerr said, “I don’t know. He’s not playing 35, but more than 5. How’s that?”
Kerr also noted that Bogut will fit in immediately with Golden State, despite not having played a game for the team in nearly three years, and not having participated in a single practice or shootaround this season.
“We’re basically running the same stuff that we ran when he was here,” Kerr said, as reported by Mark Medina. “He knows half of our team. ... As far as him fitting in, there’s zero adjustment period.”
Bogut hasn’t played in an NBA game since January 1, 2018, but he’s coming off a strong season in Australia’s NBL, where he was voted the league MVP and Defensive Player of the Year.
All eyes will be on him tonight as the Warriors take on a team they could meet in the first round of the playoffs.