Dallas vs. Golden State: The Underrated Reunion
There’s a huge reunion this NBA season with Kevin Durant going back to play Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder. But, I think some people are forgetting about the reunion of Andrew Bogut and Harrison Barnes with Golden State.
Kevin Durant has snatched all headlines this off season. Everyone cannot wait for him to have his reunion game with the Oklahoma City Thunder. Also, to see how weird it is for him and Russell Westbrook to be playing on the same court, but for different teams.
Harrison Barnes and Andrew Bogut are in the same exact situation. Two guys who may not be the caliber of Kevin Durant, but the way they switched teams have to have them a little bitter. They were both literally dumped off to bring a new guy in. Two starters on a championship team and a finals team 2 years in a row, just dropped for one guy.
Bogut and Barnes will have their first chance to play in Oracle as a member of a different team on November 9th of this season. By this time, the Warriors will probably be fully gelled together as a team. So, this reunion may not go as well as Mavs fans want it to.
Warriors fans should not have too much of a sour taste about Barnes or Bogut, considering how they left. Durant’s reunion in Oklahoma City should be a nasty one, as he jumped ship to chase rings.
There should be nothing but love for the two guys now wearing Dallas jerseys. But, I’m sure they don’t have much love to dish out for the organization that just threw them to the side to form a super team. There’s an argument that Bogut and Barnes should be more upset than Oklahoma City fans should be at Durant.
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This situation is going under the radar because Kevin Durant is who he is, and he overshadows these guys. It was a blessing in disguise for the Mavericks to land these two for virtually nothing other than money. It’s also a key reunion in disguise when these two teams take the court for the first time this season. It should be exciting.