On Wednesday night the Dallas Mavs faced off against the Golden State Warriors in the Oracle Arena. It was the first time the teams have faced off since the Warriors sent Andrew Bogut and Harrison Barnes to Dallas to make room for Kevin Durant. The Warriors won the game handily, but Bogut had a great night.
After the game, the Australian center described what it was like to be back in the Oracle, playing against the guys he played alongside in two NBA finals. Via USA Today:
“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. It was bitter in a way. I wasn’t mad at anybody about it. I understood it completely. I’m not stupid.
“But yeah, you’re disappointed leaving guys who you battled for a championship with, and guys where everyone understood their role and it was just fun to play and be a part of that team, because every day you came in to work and everyone kind of knew their role and accepted it. It was just cool to be part of that every day. It was just automatic. You didn’t have to do any extra sh–. That was probably the (most fun) part of it, was it was just so automatic for two years.”
Although there was a lot on the line, Bogut insisted it wasn’t an emotional night for him.
“No emotions. I’m good. Just go to work, try to get the win. Obviously it’s (one of) the toughest places to play in the league, and I’ll probably be more thankful when it’s all over. It’s going to be a circus … It’s going to be more draining than a regular game.”