On March 14, 2012 the Warriors made a move they were long expected to make. For the longest time despite their guards looking the best of the best and being a young team with quite a bit of talent, they were missing one key element. A BIG MAN! The Dubs decided to make a move that caught most of their fans off guard.They traded superstar(that’s what it felt like at least) guard Monta Ellis, power forward Ekpe Udoh and Kwame Brown to the Milwaukee Bucks for center Andrew Bogut and former Warrior Stephen Jackson. Jackson never ended up playing for the Warriors again and was later traded to the San Antonio Spurs. The fans did not know how to react! Monta Ellis was a fan favorite who frequently nailed buzzer beaters and make clutch shots. Him and Stephen Curry were looking like they could have become a big duo. However, critics also said they were unable to win together. The Warriors also had drafted guard Klay Thompson during the off season. The Monta Ellis trade was overdue however, the fans were not happy with it! On March 19,2012 the Warriors faced the Minnesota Timberwolves and Warriors legend Chris Mullen was having his jersey retired during halftime. Warriors owner Joe Lacob was giving a speech at half time and the fans let him have it!


Rick Barry told the fans that they are the greatest fans in the NBA but they have no right to treat their owner like that! The fans booing of Joe Lacob became a major story in Bay Area sports for the new few months. That night after the game former MLB outfielder Eric Byrnes was hosting the postgame show on KNBR 680. I realized that the fact that the fans were booing Joe Lacob on the night of Chris Mullen’s jersey retirement ceremony was pathetic, and since I live in Arizona I remembered Arizona Diamondbacks fans booing Eric Byrnes when he wasn’t performing well despite all he did for that organization to when I called in I compared the two to each other.

7 years after all this happened the Golden State Warriors now have three NBA Championships and four Western Conference titles! Joe Lacob is the most beloved owner currently in the Bay Area. Amazing what a difference 7 years makes! With the Warriors addition of Kevin Durant after their loss in game 7 of the NBA Finals in 2016 to the Cleveland Cavaliers, Andrew Bogut was let go to clear up cap space. Andrew played for the Mavericks in 2016-2017 followed by the Cavaliers in 2017-2018. Following that, Andrew decided to return home to Australia and signed a two year deal with the Sydney Knights. At the end of the 2017-2018 season, after averaging 11.6 points per game to go with 329 rebounds, 98 assists and 77 blocked shots, Bogut was named NBL MVP! With the conclusion of the NBL season in Australia at the beginning of this month and the Dubs needing some extra help in the paint, Bogut signed with the Golden State Warriors for the remainder of the 2019 season. Boy has the franchise changed since the last time Andrew signed with the Warriors. On March 19,2019 the Warriors once again find themselves playing the Minnesota Timerwolves just like seven years earlier. You can imagine Joe enjoyed that game better then he did the 2012 game!