The Golden State Warriors have traded three players to the Milwaukee Bucks in exchange for shooting guard, Stephen Jackson, and young centre, Andrew Bogut, a move that has proved unpopular with the remaining Warriors.
Golden State offered up pacey combo guard, Monta Ellis (prn. MON-tay), Ekpe Udoh, and Kwame Brown to the Bucks, in a bid to strengthen the middle of their team, chiefly by grabbing Milwaukee’s Bogut.
“We’re extremely excited to acquire a player the calibre of Andrew Bogut, who we think is certainly one of the top centres in the NBA”, explained the Warriors’ general manager, Larry Riley. He added that State have lacked good centres, in the past.
The deal sending the trio of Warriors to Wisconsin was agreed, much to the distress of State head coach, Mark Jackson, immediately before their game with Western Conference bottom-dwellers, the Sacramento Kings,
“It was emotionally draining for us,” Jackson lamented. The coach added that the Warriors had been “attached” to Ellis, Udoh, and Brown. State forward, Dorell Wright, said that he was “stunned” with the news
of the trade.
The Warriors took out whatever anger they may have been feeling over the trade announcement by demolishing the Kings in California. State won 115-89, courtesy of double-digit tallies from six players.
David Lee, Nate Robinson, and Brandon Rush all ended on 17 points, while Charles Jenkins added 15. Klay Thompson and Wright grabbed 14 apiece. Demarcus Cousins was the Kings’ top-scorer, collecting 19 to Tyreke Evans’ 16.
Kings forward, Chuck Hayes, said that rubbernecking at the Warriors’ post-trade misery had been Sacramento’s downfall. “We were more tuned into what [State] had going on in their locker room than ours.” Hayes added that his team “deserved” to lose, as a consequence.
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