Andrew Bogut credits Steph Curry for Warriors being close-knit team

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Bogut credits Steph for Warriors being a close-knit team originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea

Andrew Bogut played for five different organizations over his 14-year career. His five seasons with the Warriors were different from his time with any other franchise, though. 

Playing with the Warriors was the only time he truly felt a bond that went beyond five guys sharing a basketball court together. 

"Golden State was the only team I thought that -- that I was part of," Bogut said to The Athletic's Ethan Strauss on the "House of Strauss" podcast. "And I've been on, towards the end, like five or six teams. We built that culture to an extent but we just had good guys, we had good people within the organization."

The Warriors acquired the former No. 1 overall draft pick, along with Stephen Jackson, from the Milwaukee Bucks in March 2012 for Monta Ellis, Ekpe Udoh and Kwame Brown. Getting the best out of Steph Curry was a big reason Golden State made the move, and Bogut believes Curry also is a big reason the Warriors are so close-knit as a team. 

"We had good players who were very good people, but it starts with your leader," Bogut said. "So Steph Curry is a very humble, very soft spoken, very fun guy to be around. That was one of the teams where you just enjoyed being around each other." 

One big example Bogut gave was team dinners one the road. Along with the Warriors and Bucks, Bogut also played for the Dallas Mavericks, Cleveland Cavaliers (for one game) and the Los Angeles Lakers. He spoke about how most teams are full of cliques and players going their separate ways. 

Not the Warriors. As their culture grew, so did the dinners. 

"It was one of the few teams I've been on where we'd get most of the team to a team dinner on the road every road trip," Bogut said. "At the start, we'd get four or five guys and as things progressed throughout the season we'd get eight, nine guys; 10, 11 guys and then most trips we'd be full.

"It was just an awesome atmosphere to be a part of." 

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Bogut won his only championship with the Warriors, but it's clear he remembers more than just getting a ring.

Curry isn't just rare for his all-time talent. Leaders like him don't come around all too often.

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