Warriors center Andrew Bogut during one of the Warriors pre-training camp scrimmage sessions snatched a rebound off the backboard and took off.

He evaded one defender with an around-the-back dribble as he led his team up the court capping the fast break with a sweet bounce pass to set up an easy layup. The sight left forward Harrison Barnes salivating.

"It's like he's a whole new player now that he's 100 percent" Barnes said. "No question it's exciting to think how good we can be with him healthy."

Players and coaches can't stop raving about their new-look starting center. Entering his ninth season Bogut said he has shed nearly 20 pounds and that the surgically repaired left ankle that gave him so many problems last season is fully healed.

What hasn't fully healed is Bogut's pride. You can still hear the disappointment in his voice when he talks about his "subpar" production last season. You can see the irritation welling up in his eyes when he explains the anchor ankle he's been dragging around the last two years.

But that's a good thing for the Warriors. He plays better when he has something to prove. And Bogut opened training camp Saturday with a point to make to himself to his haters to the front office weighing whether to give him a contract extension.

Truth: Golden State's best chance of going further in the playoffs is if Bogut proves his point.