Here is the opening to my Friday column about the Warriors:

I need to start with a confession. I missed the Warriors preseason and their first few games because 1) I was with the Giants for their entire postseason run, 2) When that ended — and after I covered the parade — I retired to my Fortress of Solitude for a few days.

I caught up with the Warriors Wednesday night in Oakland when they beat the Cavaliers 106-96, giving them a 3-2 record. They were 2-3 at the same point last season, and it was downhill from there.

On Wednesday, I saw center Andrew Bogut dish off five nifty assists and he somehow mattered even though he didn’t score and even though he still plays reduced minutes because of his ankle and, in fact, won’t play in a game for the next seven to 10 days.

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  1. Stan

    A Bogut who can’t jump,is in pain,and plays only few minutes…still DOES MORE then Beidrens. Bogut’s 6 points is six more then Beidrens,his 7 rebounds is seven more than Beidrens.
    Beidrens is yesterdays Zito and Russell. Squared.

    November 9th, 2012 9:18 am

  2. Tiburon Dave

    This is a remarkably “Glass Half Full” column…

    In the interests of balance in the universe, Ann Killion has the “Glass Half Empty” version in today’s Chron…

    If you put them both together you get a team of young guys with great upside but the W’s season is still pegged to two surgically repaired ankles…

    November 9th, 2012 9:21 am

  3. Mark M

    Kawakami sums up the Bogut situation rather well I think. If Bogut is damaged goods, we are kaput. Period. And he might be if he is still hurting the way it seems. Patience isn’t a fan’s strong point. But we need to hope and pray he is shut down for a month or two and then shows us something close to %100 come ’13. I really don’t mind that we gave up Ellis as that seemed a dead end to build around him. But the road is equally blocked for future success if our new big man can’t truly recover. I wonder how these doctors whom have claimed he would be back by now are doing these days? Don’t see many medical interviews in the sports page, but that would be an interesting one.

    November 9th, 2012 10:42 am

  4. CohnZohn

    Mark M, I think it’s way too early to throw in the flag about Bogut. Of course, I could be wrong, but the people who now are running the Warriors — Myers, West — are very smart and, until proven otherwise, I tend to give them the benefit of the doubt.

    November 9th, 2012 10:50 am

  5. Stan

    When the Bucks got Monta-they were ONE game out of the playoffs. They finished several games out later with Monta. That’s Monta..he’s a middling star. Wants the ball,the points,and his team stays stunted. Let the Bucks pay their dues..we had enough.

    November 9th, 2012 10:59 am

  6. Mark M

    Was I really throwing in the towell (flag?) I’m actually saying let him ride the sidelines for a month or two to see if he can truly get back to 100%. I’m preaching patience and resist temptation to call this a bad trade yet. BUT, if Bogut fails to return to form, a real possibility given his size and injury history, our rebuild under these “smart” people is cooked with this effort at least.

    November 9th, 2012 3:41 pm

  7. mbabco

    Lakers 101, Warriors 77. Gonna’ be (another) long year.

    November 10th, 2012 6:42 am

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