Bogut’s return shows how vital he is to Warriors 

You know the drill. Everything in life can be labeled one of two ways.

For example: The new "Annie" movie? Good for Ball. Clean, family fun and Jamie Foxx is great at pretty much everything. Film critics bashing the movie? Bad for Ball. It's for kids, people, so get over yourselves. One hundred theater-sized boxes of frozen Junior Mints to anyone who has a kid who'd give the flick a thumbs-down.

Good for Ball, or Bad for Ball. Simple. Let's apply it to the local sports scene again ...

- Andrew Bogut is back and, as odd as it might sound, some people are wondering whether the big fella's return is as good for the Warriors as it seems. Bad for Ball.

Incredible that it's even a debate, really. An All-Star-caliber center with very few holes in his game? That's a straight godsend for virtually every basketball team on the planet. Those who think it might not be such a boon for this wonderfully unique collection of talent are worried that it'll upset the team's superb chemistry and brilliantly conceived rotation should Bogut stay healthy and productive just long enough for the Dubs to truly count on him, only to see him get hurt again right before the playoffs, leaving them in a panic.

Nonsense. You take whatever Bogut can give you for as long as he can give it, and if he sticks around until near the end of the regular season, you're probably looking at home-court advantage throughout the playoffs. Should he get hurt again at that point, the exceptionally deep Warriors will be fine. Steve Kerr and his guys are too smart, and Bogut's history too clear, for anyone to privately count on having Bogut for the duration. DeAndre Jordan is much better than a lot of people thought he was back when the Warriors themselves were considering him for their roster, but he ain't that good.

- Jazz fans chanted "M-V-P" with the Warriors' Stephen Curry at the line Tuesday night in Utah. Some within the Jazz organization were none too pleased about that, but any pro fan base that can detach itself enough to offer an unabashed expression of appreciation for an enemy player absolutely going off is Good for Ball.

A lot of those fans, it can be safely assumed, bought tickets, paid for parking and loaded up at the concession stands for the night only because they wanted to see Curry play in person. You think Jazz execs would rather they'd stayed home with their wallets than throw some verbal bouquets at an opponent? Please.

- Jack Del Rio or Tony Sparano? The logical choice, since neither is prime time and the general manager is likely on his last legs, would appear to be Sparano.

Next season is going to be better for the Raiders, but it probably still won't be pretty, and it'll probably be the end for Reggie McKenzie. So why bring in a spankin'-new coach now? He's going to need a multiyear deal to take on this challenge, and the next GM should get to pick his own guy. Sparano's familiarity and likability is a perfect fit for the 2015 Raiders, whom he desperately wanted to coach.

So desperate, in fact, that the Raiders probably could have talked him into signing a one-year, show-and-prove deal that would a) give him a chance to bolster his candidacy with the next GM and b) not saddle that new GM with a deal he didn't approve.

Alas, some things never change. Like the Raiders being knuckleheads. So Del Rio it is. Bad for Ball.

Mychael Urban, a longtime Bay Area-based sportswriter and broadcaster, is the host of "Inside the Bigs," which airs every Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon on KGMZ "The Game" (95.7 FM).

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Mychael Urban has been covering Bay Area sports for 25 years and has worked for MLB.com, Comcast SportsNet Bay Area and KNBR (680 AM).
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