Except for that big plastic boot on his left foot, Andrew Bogut looked like he could walk right into the Warriors' lineup and maybe block five or six shots Friday night.
He was at ease. He made jokes. He said the right things. He was ... well, he is very large.
Bogut can't play yet -- thanks to his fractured ankle -- but the 27-year-old 7-foot Australian was hindered in no other way.
Throughout Bogut's jaunty introductory Warriors' news conference and afterward, he was the center of attention and quite comfortable in that reality.
"It is something I'm fine with," Bogut said of his semi-savior status after arriving in this week's trade for Monta Ellis. "But looking at our roster, we've got a lot of guys that can play.
"It's not like I'm coming into a D-League team, where everything's kind of aimed at me."
Yep, Bogut passed every possible non-basketball test, though I realize those are the least important ones for such a key piece of the Warriors' future.
More than anything, Bogut eased into this spot like a natural. You had to keep reminding yourself that he wouldn't be in the lineup for weeks or probably months.
"Very polished, great guy, sense of humor," said coach Mark Jackson, who watched coverage of Bogut's news conference on TV. "I think he certainly fits what we're trying to do here."
Indeed, Bogut gave me a little jolt later in the locker room -- yes, he has Ellis' old spot -- when Bogut
Wait, Andrew, are you playing?
"Pictures, 'mate," Bogut said with a shrug, pointing to the Warriors' photo room.
Oops, yes, he was still wearing that boot.
Bogut will undergo another MRI in a few weeks, and at that point, he and the Warriors will decide whether to accelerate his timetable or to just wait until next season.
Best guess: Wait until next season.
And, though Bogut has missed big parts of the last three seasons with ankle and elbow injuries, he knocked down any contention that he has chronic problems.
"Well, I'd go on Google and I'd research my last two injuries and realize they're not chronic," Bogut said.
"One of them I fell 10 feet from a basket and broke my elbow, which is a one-in-a-million type injury. And the other one, I blocked four shots in the first quarter in a game against Houston and went for my fifth block and landed on someone's foot and broke my ankle.
"So these aren't issues of being overweight or being out of condition or not doing the right things in the offseason. These are just freak occurrences."
There is no sure way to prove that he can remain healthy, of course, other than remaining healthy for years.
Warriors co-owner Joe Lacob said team doctors believe that the fractured ankle should heal 100 percent and that Bogut's right elbow is "obviously way past healed."
Again, that can't be displayed or disputed until Bogut makes it on-court, and mixes in with David Lee, Stephen Curry and the rest of the remaining Warriors' roster.
Bogut watched the game (against the Bucks, his former team) from the Warriors bench and clapped a bit during the team's first-quarter tribute to Ellis on the video board.
"I know the franchise has made a load of changes, I guess everyone from players to the ball boys, which is a good fresh approach," Bogut said.
"And I think everyone's excited to build this thing in the right direction, as am I."
I asked him how he believes he fits into Lacob and Jackson's proclamations about giving the Warriors' a defensive culture.
"Perfectly," Bogut said. "I think I can play both ends of the floor ...
"There's going to be nights where I'm going to have a scoring drought, but if I can affect the game by blocking shots, taking charges, grabbing rebounds, getting loose balls, I will remain on the floor and help my team win. Sometimes it doesn't always show up on the stat sheet.
"I love playing defense, I love getting the crowd involved by blocking a shot and leading to a fast break. So I don't anticipate anything different."
What does he think of Jackson?
"He said, 'Hand down, man down,' so you've got to know, got to get a hand up, that's the first thing," Bogut said, referencing Jackson's famous TV phrase.
Did Jackson really say that to you?
"No, he didn't," Bogut said, laughing. "He's been great. He seems like a players' coach. I've heard from a lot of guys ... "I couldn't believe he was eating lunch with us. I'm not used to a head coach eating lunch with us -- which isn't a dig at anybody. It's just, I'm not used to that."
He has to get used to the Warriors, the Warriors have to get used to him. This is going to happen rather rapidly, I'm pretty sure. Bogut is too laid-back for this to be overly complicated.
Then it'll all come down to the basketball, when there will be other tests, probably slightly tougher to pass.