The Warriors made one last splash before the conclusion of the season, promoting Bob Myers to general manager, ending the term of Larry Riley at the helm of the team.
Riely, who has been in the Warriors’ front office for four years, will remain with the team as director of scouting. Myers had previously been Riley’s assistant, and team owner Joe Lacob said they hired him last year with the intention of making this move eventually, but left the timetable open until they got to know Myers a little better.
“Until you really work with someone, you don’t really know,” Lacob said. “Working with Bob, he’s outstanding. He has all the capabilities to do this and be really, really good at it.”
The 37-year-old Myers, who attended Monte Vista High School in Danville, had been a player agent in the NBA for 14 years and was involved with many of the team’s moves during a busy midseason highlighted by trading Monta Ellis for Andrew Bogut.
Myers said he plans to keep most of the current management team in place, including NBA legend Jerry West, who Myers referred to as the team’s “old sage.”
Both Myers and Lacob said they believed the moves the organization made this year to have been successful, and said the team now has an overall vision of what its priority will be moving forward.
“It’s about winning,” Myers said. “And if we win, it doesn’t matter who does what or who was right or who was wrong, as a group we’re going to be judged — ultimately I’ll be judged — with how our team does. It’s not what I say today, it’s not what I say tomorrow; it’s come 2012-13, are we winning basketball games?”
Myers played a role in the hiring of coach Mark Jackson, who as a player was represented by Arm Tellem, the firm Myers worked for as an agent.
“There is no side of me that is shaken thinking that they just handed the reins to a guy that I can’t get along with,” Jackson said. “The great thing about him is he’s not afraid to listen. He’s going to make a decision, but it’s going to be an educated decision.”