Watch: Golden State Warriors welcome Barnes and Bogut with brilliant tribute

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The Golden State Warriors have embarked on a new future with Kevin Durant this season, but they haven't forgotten the player that ended their 40-year wait for a title in 2015.

Losing 4-3 to the Cleveland Cavaliers in last season's finals saw the Warriors blow up their deep roster that had won a chip 12 months prior and set an NBA-record 73 regular season wins in 2015-16.

Harrison Barnes, Andrew Bogut, Marreese Speights, Festus Ezeli and Leandro Barbosa were all moved on to make room for the 2014 MVP and a plethora of veterans. 

The two former starters, Barnes and Bogut, who now play for the Dallas Mavericks, made their first returns to the Oracle Arena last night as opponents, were given a rousing reception by the sell-out crowd. 

Bogut's departure has definitely been felt by the Warriors; their lack of rim protection is clear for all to see and has been highlighted in their two blowout losses to San Antonio Spurs and L.A. Lakers. 

While Barnes has been replaced by Durant, Golden State supporters still appreciate the impact he had during his four seasons in the Bay Area. 

The small forward continued his strong start to life in Texas with a 25 point, 8 rebound night but Bogut failed to register a single minute. 

Golden State thanked the duo for their services with a video tribute, but they were there to win a game of basketball and will be disappointed with the team's display as the Mavericks currently sit with a 2-6 record. 

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