Andrew Bogut: No time to rest during off-season

Andrew Bogut: No time to rest during off-season

In his latest blog for NBA Australia, Golden State's Australian centre Andrew Bogut talks about his holiday in Australia, where he thinks the Warriors will improve next season and who will win the Championship this year.

It was a frustrating end to the season for me personally with my rib injury and for the Warriors as a team as they went down to the Clippers in seven tight games.

We are determined to go deeper into the playoffs next season and think we can do this as the playing group gets used to playing with each other and gains more experience in big games.

Generally if you look at the teams battling it out in the Conference Finals you can see that they have been together for five or six years and this is what we are striving for.

It won't be easy though as the Western Conference is so deep and we are starting off behind the eight ball heading into training camp with Steve Kerr coming in as coach as we will have to learn a new system as quickly as possible.

I have already spoken with Steve Kerr and it will be interesting to see how he wants to run things and what changes he would like to make building on the small amounts of success we have tasted the last few years.

At the moment I am back in Australia for a short period and it is always enjoyable to get back, even if it is just for a few weeks.

It is always busy when I come to Australia and I haven't really had much of a chance to sit down and watch all the exciting action in the playoffs, as the time difference makes it a little trickier.

I am still checking all the results though and I fancy the Spurs to go all the way and claim the Championship this season, if I had to pick that is!

They have a great team with a wealth of experience and can atone for last season when they went close to toppling the Heat, and were really only one defensive rebound away from holding the trophy.

I will also be keeping a close eye on the NBA Draft in June, to see where Dante Exum ends up.

I saw him at a Clippers game during March when we were playing in Los Angeles, but I haven't really spoken all that much to him.

I have spoken to his father, former NBL player Cecil Exum, who seems to be handling the process very well.

There is a lot of hype around him and I think that is in his favour, and also a lot of mystery as people have not seen him play a whole lot.

I think this will only help his stock come draft time, so I expect him to be drafted in the top five.

In saying that a lot can happen between now and draft day, so we will just have to sit back and wait and see what transpires.

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