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Quick summary of the Bob Myers situation; plus open thread
Hoping we'll have a decision by the start of June
"Bob Myers told me [Saturday] night he plans to take a couple of weeks to make a decision about his future running the Golden State Warriors," ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported Sunday.
"It’s a decision that he said he is torn about, in large part because of his relationships with the core three of Steph Curry, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson, and his coach Steve Kerr. Four championships under Bob Myers, and an organization where he just carries a tremendous amount of weight and respect."
The Golden State Warriors and president of basketball operations Bob Myers have had no substantial contract extension talks in months and the sides are bracing for the likelihood that Myers could walk away from the franchise, league sources told The Athletic. His contract is up on June 30.
Both sides exchanged offers and counter-offers several months ago, and there has since been no traction on a new deal, league sources say.
Myers, 48, has led the Warriors’ front office since being promoted from assistant general manager in 2012. His contract expires June 30. The Chronicle reported last week he has been extended multiple contract offers. He’s currently in Chicago representing the team at the NBA draft combine and is expected to address the media next week upon his return to San Francisco. … Myers — the architect of four NBA championships over the past nine seasons — has received significant interest for lucrative positions with private equity funds and roles within other pro sports leagues, sources added. There’s a possibility that Myers could work in media after his contract expires in June. He dipped his toes into the podcast world this past year.
"I think in life we all need people who hold us accountable and he holds me accountable at a totally different standard," Green added. "He won't hold me accountable [like], 'Oh, I'm the general manager of the team.' ... That's trash. He holds me accountable as a man, he holds me accountable as a leader, he holds me accountable from a friendship standpoint. And I couldn't be more thankful. It is so important in life to have friends who are willing to hold you accountable that are willing to tell you that your s--t stinks."
Green goes on to explain that Myers acted as a parental figure in the way he would address certain issues. It never was on one person, Myers was in the fight with his players and worked with them to overcome any obstacle they might run into.
"He's going to give you the truth no matter what," Green explained. "Me and my life, that's huge. We've all been in these positions. When we get in the positions we're in, we run out of people that are willing to tell you the truth ... and for me, in my life, he's been one of those people that will tell me the truth in any situation. But yet almost like a parent figure, like 'yup, that's the truth and here's where you f--ked up and now here's how we're going to change it, here's how we fix it and by the way I'm in this with you and I'm walking with you. Here's our plan, here's what we're doing.'"
Marc Stein saying it’s not about money: https://twitter.com/samesfandiari/status/1659970982344540161?s=61&t=P_FoYb59qpl6sz-fj5Z51g
Myers hasn’t made a decision yet and expects to take a couple of weeks (reported 5/14, so that’s likely into June.
He doesn’t want to make a decision until he has to.
The NBA Draft is June 22nd and there will need to be time for a successor to be put in place before that. This doesn’t even account for the time taken to choose a successor (though all buzz points to Mike Dunleavy Jr as next in line). So I would guess this is resolved before the end of the first week in June.
Why would Myers not return? Articles point to burnout as a big factor or wanting to try something different and lucrative.
From a basketball perspective, it won’t be a fun job transitioning the team from the Steph/Klay/Dray era to whatever comes next, whether it’s Two Timelines or by Blowing It Up. It involves hard bargaining and decisions on players Myers has become very close to.
I have seen speculation that Myers may have friction with the highly-involved Lacob over Two Timelines, or Myers is angry at Kerr for not playing the players he brought it. I’ve seen no evidence for this, and it feels more like fan projection of their own feelings about the situation.
I have seen speculation that Lacob is pushing Myers out to install one of his kids as the GM. That seems unlikely in the short-term and possible in the long-term. But I doubt Lacob would do something as stupid as promoting his kid without their taking years to establish their credibility.
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