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Klay Thompson is arguably the most unique personality on the Golden State Warriors, and it sounds like he welcomed back center Andrew Bogut in the most on-brand way possible.
During an appearance on 95.7 The Game’s “Beyond the Arc” on Wednesday, Bogut was asked which teammate had the best reaction after seeing him back in the team facility.
“Klay, just nonchalant, ‘Oh hey, Bogues,’ like he saw me a couple of days ago,” Bogut laughed. “Draymond [Green] was excited. We play really well together.”
The big man, who was with the Warriors from 2012-2016, said he has resumed playing poker on team flights with Thompson, Green and Stephen Curry.
“Probably the guys that I play poker with, which is Steph, Draymond, Klay and now Jonas [Jerebko],” Bogut said about his closest teammates. “They’re probably the guys that I had the closest bond with just because we play cards every flight.”
Bogut got a standing ovation from fans at Oracle Arena during the team’s game against the Indiana Pacers on Thursday night. He said his return to the Bay Area has been “special” so far.
“Not only tonight, but just walking around in the Bay Area, it’s pretty special to be here,” he said after the game. “Old, young, middle schoolers, high schoolers, everyone’s just been welcoming me back.”
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Thompson was happy that Bogut got the reception he did.
“He deserved that ovation,” he said. “I’m really happy the fans gave him his due. He was a huge part of why we won that first championship.”
Bogut has played an average of 13.7 minutes during his three games back with the Warriors this season, and said playing time is not a concern to him.
“I appreciate the opportunity,” he said upon signing. “If it’s waving a towel for 20 games and being a good teammate, I’m happy to do it. For me, it’s an absolute honor to go there and not play a minute.”
You can listen to Bogut’s full interview here.
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