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Warriors GM Bob Myers defends Kelly Oubre’s recent comments about starting

Kelly Oubre

Bob Myers is apparently one heck of a crisis negotiator.

The Golden State Warriors GM spoke with reporters this week and addressed Kelly Oubre’s controversial recent comments. Oubre had indicated that he would be unwilling to come off the bench when Klay Thompson returns from injury.

“I like what [Oubre] said,” replied Myers, per Connor Letourneau of the San Francisco Chronicle. “He should want to start.”

Myers added that he has spoken to Oubre’s agent about what Oubre’s role will look like if he returns to the team.

Oubre’s comments caused a strong reaction because he will be a free agent this summer. The Warriors also paid a hefty luxury tax bill to acquire him. The timing of Oubre’s remarks, right after the NBA trade deadline, fanned the flames even further.

The 25-year-old Oubre is a full-time starter on the wing for the Warriors this season, averaging 15.2 points and 5.8 rebounds per contest. Thompson’s return is looming for next season, but he may have to integrate slowly back into the lineup following back-to-back devastating injuries. Perhaps Myers can envision a future in which Oubre, Thompson, and Andrew Wiggins can all co-exist peacefully.

Warriors GM shares exact moment he knew Steph Curry was ‘different’

Stephen Curry

Very few people envisioned Stephen Curry becoming a two-time NBA MVP when the Golden State Warriors drafted him with the seventh overall pick in 2009, and it took a few years before he really become a star. For Warriors general manager Bob Myers, there was one moment in particular that proved Curry was the type of player that doesn’t come around very often.

Wednesday marked the 11-year anniversary of the Warriors drafting Curry, and Myers joined 95.7 The Game for “Steph Curry Appreciation Day.” During his interview, Myers revealed that he knew Curry was “different” when the former Davidson star buried a three-pointer on one leg during Game 2 of the 2013 Western Conference semifinals against the San Antonio Spurs.

“He came off a screen at the top and he took a one-footed 3-point shot — in the halfcourt,” Myers said, as transcribed by Drew Shiller of NBC Sports Bay Area. “I looked at Travis (Schlenk) — our assistant GM at the time — and said, ‘Did he just shoot that off one foot?’ It looked so natural. I said, ‘This guy is different, man.'”

Myers said that was the moment he became convinced Curry was more than just a great NBA player.

“That is so unusual and the way he did it. There’s a difference between being great and transcendent,” Myers added. “There are a lot of great players in the NBA, but then there’s the ones like Steph that go beyond that category.”

You can see a video of the circus shot below. Like so many other insanely difficult shots he has hit throughout his career, Curry made it look easy.

Myers joined Golden State’s front office in 2011, and he has no problem admitting he was “lucky” to inherit such a special talent like Curry. Being able to build around an MVP-caliber player helped the Warriors win three NBA championships and become one of the premier franchises in sports.

Curry has battled a number of injuries over the past year, but the Warriors should bounce back quickly if he’s healthy entering next season.

Warriors GM downplays chance of trading D’Angelo Russell

There was widespread speculation that the Golden State Warriors acquired D’Angelo Russell with the intent of eventually trading him, but GM Bob Myers won’t be pushing that angle.

Myers said Monday that the Warriors did not acquire Russell with the intention of dealing hi, which Golden State couldn’t even do until December 15.

Myers isn’t going to outright put Russell on the trade block right now. The Warriors will need him as long as Klay Thompson is hurt, and if he hits in well with the team, there’s almost certainly no aversion to keeping him around long-term. If he doesn’t fit in, it probably bears watching what the Warriors may do with him next summer.

Report: Warriors give president Bob Myers multi-year extension

Bob Myers

Ahead of a summer of free agent uncertainty, the Golden State Warriors have reportedly locked up a key piece of their organization structure.

According to Marc Stein of the New York Times, the Warriors and team president Bob Myers have agreed to terms of a multi-year contract extension.

Myers joined the Warriors as an assistant GM in April 2011 and ascended to the GM role a year later. He oversaw the growth and development of the Warriors into a three-time NBA champion, and keeping him around was a no-brainer for the organization.

With Myers locked in for the foreseeable future, he can set to dealing with the contract situations of injured stars Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson, who are putting pressure on the GM ahead of the opening of free agency.

Bob Myers backs Warriors’ training staff amid criticism

Bob Myers

The Golden State Warriors’ training staff has been subjected to a fair bit of criticism over their handling of certain players during the NBA Finals, but general manager Bob Myers is standing by them.

The Warriors’ president of basketball operations said Friday that team doctor Rick Celebrini and the training staff will not be re-evaluated after an injury-filled Finals, stating that the team is “lucky” to have them.

After Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant suffered serious injuries during the Finals, the Warriors’ trainers found themselves under a microscope. No one can blame them for Thompson’s torn ACL, which was just bad luck. Durant’s return to action after a calf injury led to a ruptured Achilles, which brought the staff under some criticism. The Warriors will not be joining with that chorus — especially not publicly, where it just doesn’t make sense to fight that battle.

Emotional Bob Myers defends Kevin Durant, accepts blame for injury

Bob Myers

An emotional Bob Myers spoke after Game 5 of the NBA Finals on Monday night and defended Kevin Durant as a person while saying he would accept any blame for the superstar’s Achilles injury.

The Golden State Warriors president spoke to the media with a shaky voice and shared why Durant was cleared for the game.

“He was cleared to play tonight. That was a collaborative decision. I don’t believe there’s anybody to blame, but I understand this world. If you have to, you can blame me. I run our basketball operations department,” Myers said.

Durant took some criticism for not playing previously during the Finals. Some questioned his status, injury, and desire. Myers wanted to end all of that.

“The people that questioned whether he wanted to get back and play were wrong. He’s one of the most misunderstood people. He’s a good teammate and I’m lucky to know him.”

Durant exited Scotiabank Arena on crutches and in a walking boot. He will undergo an MRI on Tuesday to determine the extent of his Achilles’ tendon injury.

Durant said he was inspired by his team’s comeback win. The Warriors now trail the Raptors 3-2 as it heads to Game 6 in Oakland on Thursday.

Report: Lakers have not reached out to Bob Myers, Jerry West

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The Los Angeles Lakers are not yet swinging for the fences in the wake of Magic Johnson’s sudden departure.

Sam Amick and Bill Oram of The Athletic reported on Saturday that the Lakers have not reached out to Golden State Warriors GM Bob Myers or LA Clippers executive Jerry West about the front office vacancy left by Johnson’s resignation as president of basketball operations earlier this month.

The report also states that the team did not reach out to David Griffin before he was hired by the New Orleans Pelicans. Furthermore, Amick and Oram quote a source with knowledge of controlling owner Jeanie Buss’ plan as saying that the front office is GM Rob Pelinka’s to run “at least for now.”

Both West and Myers might be longshots at best. The former is about to turn 81 and is more of an advisor than a head honcho at this point. Meanwhile, the latter is the architect of the best basketball situation in the NBA right now and could be en route to his fourth NBA title in the last five years this June.

At least one of the two laughed off the idea of going to the Lakers entirely, so the team is indeed probably better off taking it slow and trying to identify if better candidates exist.

Warriors GM Bob Myers laughs off idea of leaving for Lakers

With Magic Johnson having stepped down as president of basketball operations with the Los Angeles Lakers, there has been some talk about longtime Golden State Warriors executive Bob Myers potentially heading south to help LeBron James and company rebuild. It doesn’t sound like that is going to happen, however.

Monte Poole of NBC Sports Bay Area joked with Myers over the weekend by asking him if he’s set up a meeting yet with Lakers owner Jeanie Buss, and the Warriors GM played along with a sarcastic response.

“Oh, right. Almost forgot. I’m supposed to meet her at 2,” Myers joked while looking at his watch.

Myers then quipped that he is not eager to go anywhere just yet, even if there are some days that are more difficult than others. It seemed obvious from the exchange that Myers has no intention of leaving Golden State.

Part of the reason Myers has been linked to the Lakers is that he went to UCLA and worked in Los Angeles for several years as an agent. With the Warriors looking to win their third consecutive championship and fourth in the past fifth year, there’s a line of thinking that Myers might be tempted to try to play hero and rescue the Lakers. However, it goes without saying that he has a great thing going in his current job.

We can think of several top executives the Lakers might want to hire to replace Johnson, but the Myers idea seems unrealistic at this point.

Could Warriors’ Bob Myers be a candidate for Lakers job?

Could Golden State Warriors executive Bob Myers be a candidate for the Los Angeles Lakers’ president job? One media outlet thinks so.

The Athletic’s Marcus Thompson II wrote a column on Wednesday outlining why he believes a push from the Lakers could give Myers something to think about.

Myers, 44, is the President of Basketball Operations of the Warriors and has been with them since 2011. Though he is a Bay Area native, he went to college at UCLA and played basketball for the Bruins. He even helped the Bruins on their recent coaching search, which ended with the hiring of Mick Cronin.

Thompson views Myers as a fit for the Lakers because of his ability to manage talent and drama. His record of building a winner in Golden State also doesn’t hurt.

One of the biggest draws of the Lakers is the money they could offer Myers. Thompson believes an offer of $10 million a year, which is what Magic Johnson reportedly was making from the Lakers, would probably make Myers listen.

I recently wrote up a list of the top five candidates the Lakers should target for the job. I consciously left Myers off the list thinking there was no way he would leave the Warriors and what they have going on to take the Lakers job. Maybe he’ll prove me wrong.

Warriors GM Bob Myers will assist UCLA in head coaching search

As they officially begin the search for Steve Alford’s replacement as head coach, the UCLA Bruins will be getting help from one prominent NBA figure.

In their press release on Monday announcing Alford’s dismissal after six seasons at the helm, the school wrote that Golden State Warriors general manager and president of basketball operations Bob Myers will be among those assisting athletic director Dan Guerrero in the search for a new coach.

The 43-year-old Myers, who has won three championships and two Executive of the Year Awards in the nearly seven years that he has been in charge of the Warriors, is a UCLA alum. He played for four years on the school’s basketball team from 1993 to 1997, including winning the NCAA title with them in 1995.

The Bruins already seem to be eyeing some big targets for the position, and Myers, a former agent who hired one of the NBA’s top head coaches in Steve Kerr, has just the experience to help his alma mater make the right hire.