Warriors' Bogut could start against the Raptors
Golden State Warriors interim head coach Luke Walton is considering inserting center Andrew Bogut back into the starting lineup, according to Inside Bay Area.
Bogut, who missed six games because of a concussion he sustained in the first game of the season, has only started in one game this season -- he's come off the bench in the four games since his return. Festus Ezeli has started in the other 10, and has done an impressive job filling in.
"Bogut was great last game, and he obviously is showing he's back in starter shape, and he's playing great, so we'll continue to talk as a staff," Walton told the media on Monday. "But I wouldn't be surprised if Bogut is starting again pretty soon."
When told about the possibility of starting, Bogut said, "Really?" He then went on to say that he accepts whatever role the coaching staff puts him in, especially if the team continues to win with their current setup.
"Look, we're winning," Bogut said. "We're 11-0. Like I've said from the start, I've been starting my whole career, but I understand I missed (six) games there, and we won all of them. Maybe the starters are used to having Festus there the first six, seven minutes and get their rhythm that way. So it's nothing personal. Whoever's playing hot at the time plays for us."
Bogut said that earlier in his career he might have cared about his stats or minutes because he was working toward earning a lucrative long-term contract, but that at this stage of his career, and on this team, that would be selfish and go against the team's selfless ethos.
Bogut has averaged 7.4 points and 9.0 rebounds in five games. Ezeli, meanwhile, looks much improved this season and has averaged 8.7 points and 5.7 rebounds.