Remember when Joe Lacob said that Andrew Bogut's (lied about) surgery post-trade was "not relevant" last year? Joe Knows Relevant, clearly. Oh wait, no, he is a massive lying tool and Bogut was not remotely reliable for the most relevant games of the season, when the Warriors showed that they do not belong.
Anyhoo, ticket sales gimmicks aside, the big word upon the Ellis and Udoh for Richard Jefferson, Bogut's corpse, and the irrelevant Festus Ezeli trade, from Adam Lauridsen, Marcus Thompson, and the various, directly cash-paid/otherwise-compensated team mouthpieces, was that Bob Myers was Jesus Christ incarnate (he who spent millions to get a second round pick with which to draft and immediately guarantee further millions to his former client, the worthless bust Jeremy Tyler, dumped this season to avoid luxury tax payments by the same old Salary Protection douche bags as ever) and that the Warriors had just landed....
A TOP 3 CENTER!!!!!
The Hype Train just keeps rolling for the softest market in the league. One Bubble Gum playoff series victory every ten years ought to tide this Disposable Income Mecca over.
Here's a challenge. Can you name 3 Centers you'd rather have instead of Andrew Bogut if you're building a 5+ year team core? Of course you can. And I can, in fact, name 30+.
The reason this matters:
After Lacob & co. (an increasingly far-reaching NorCal geographic and hazily team-associated collective) lied about Bogut's health despite planning to lose intentionally (Mike Malone: genius!) last season, he missed even more games due to a previously-undisclosed major surgery. When he finally returned, he was on a strict minutes limit that never really came off, though he got above 20 minutes a few times. All told, he was not reliable, not his best, and often outright detrimental to the team. His last season with the team is next season. The Warriors, already proven to have acted only for PR value (they fucked up the salary opportunities by moving Jackson for Jefferson, which earns no cred when the other Salary Protection moves only highlighted the management's general superficiality and media pander logic), thus end up with no full season of full Bogut health, and he will not be a top tier C moving into his final longterm contract post-thirty after that. And so, the Lacob & co. braintrust has failed completely to build an actually competitive longterm core of substance. They have shitwing chuckers (making one shot at a high clip does not make the strategy efficient, by the way) and Honkey David Lee, another injury case empty stats/big contract irrelevance.
If one were building a team for the immediate and longterm future, there are MANY names one would want ahead of Bogut, whose name value is declining as rapidly as his game now. Rony Seikaly all over again. At best. Likely an optimistic assessment. Those names, in no particular order:
2. M. Gasol
6. LARRY SANDERS!
23. B. Lopez
24. R. Lopez
30. Jordan Hill
31. Brandan Wright
32. JJ Hickson