HoopsHype Bob Myers rumors

May 14, 2014 Updates
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I know Bob Myers a little, and I know his reputation more. It is sterling. A former big-time agent, the protégé of uber-agent Arn Tellem, Myers was the rare agent with whom teams actually enjoyed working. (I don't know Lacob, other than a couple of conversations last season -- when Jackson's lack of coaching chops was held up by Lacob as a refreshing break from the past practices of hiring retread after retread. Lacob, not me, compared his hiring of Jackson to when the Celtics hired Doc Rivers out of the TV booth. Lacob was a minority owner in Boston before buying the Warriors.) NBA.com

May 11, 2014 Updates

Lacob bought the right to meddle. Anyone who believes an owner should sign the checks and shut up lives in a fantasy world. Why would anyone spend that kind of money if he wasn't going to be involved? The key to Lacob's success will lie in trusting his basketball people. He has three gems in Rick Welts, Jerry West and Bob Myers. And in this case, Lacob listened to all three. San Francisco Chronicle

May 6, 2014 Updates

Q: Are you interested in Steve Kerr? Joe Lacob: I’m not going to comment on who’s a candidate at this point. You can speculate and others have speculated. (Looks to Myers.) Bob Myers: I was wondering what you were going to say. What I said is we’re not going to publicly go over our coaching search. Joe Lacob: All I will say (about Kerr) is it’s known that all of us know him. I’ve known him for 20 years. I think very highly of him as an individual–a great human being as well as a great basketball mind, I believe, and a great pedigree. Having said that, we haven’t spoken with him yet. We haven’t interviewed anybody and we’re going to take our time and we’re going to interview people. He might be one of them. San Jose Mercury-News

Q: How about your role. It’s looked as your decision, you’re clearly a hands-on owner. Are you at all worried that you’re a guy seen as never satisfied? Joe Lacob: Look, I know that’s out there. But the truth is, this is Bob Myers’ decision. I have the final say, yes. And he has input certainly from Jerry as a consultant and adviser, and from Kirk and Travis. That is our group, OK? And we are a consensus kind of decision-making group. This is his decision (pointing to Myers). This is his fire and his hire and I have certainly a role in it, no question. But to put all the onus on me, as I’m some sort of too tough ogre, I think… somebody people would like to create in stories. It’s not really true. San Jose Mercury-News

Q: Did you have contract negotiations with Jackson last off-season? There were discussions, correct? Joe Lacob: I did not. Bob maybe you can comment on that. Bob Myers: We had some discussions. I’m not going to get into the details of it; but we did have discussions. San Jose Mercury-News

Q: Did you take Steph Curry’s opinion into account? Joe Lacob: Of course. Q: Are you concerned that this might sour his attitude about the organization? Joe Lacob: Not at all. Not at all. We spoke with Steph Curry several times actually. And I think he’s disappointed because he… I would even say he loves Mark Jackson as a friend as a coach. I understand that, we understand that. But I think he also likes this organization a lot and he trusts this organization. And I think he trusts Bob Myers and the crew at basketball operations. And I think you can answer that question by just asking him. You’ve got to give him more than a day to probably reflect on it. But I think you’ll probably find that he is supportive. San Jose Mercury-News

“It’s never easy to make a decision of this nature,” said General Manager Bob Myers. “Mark has accomplished many good things during his three years with the organization, including his role in helping elevate this team into a better position than it was when he arrived nearly 36 months ago. We’re appreciative of his dedication and commitment since his arrival and are extremely grateful for his contributions. However, as an organization, we simply feel it’s best to move in a different direction at this time.” NBA.com

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Diamond Leung: Darren Erman fired due to violation of company policy unrelated to basketball. Bob Myers said unrelated to Brian Scalabrine. Twitter @diamond83

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Bob Myers: But Andrew understood that this is a place he wanted to be, and he obviously wanted to get a fair deal. I felt like we offered a fair deal, obviously he did too because he accepted it. But to find veteran extension opportunities, sometimes you need circumstances where a player is willing to possibly forgo an extra year of money for the security of getting a deal then instead of playing a year out. If they’re playing on teams that are willing to commit and not make the player play out that extra year, and willing to commit to him early, there are always variables that play into it. Some financial, some situational; injury plays into it to some extent, age plays into it, whether that player feels like he can get another deal, happiness, how happy is the player in that market, on that team with his coach and his front office. A lot of things have to line up and that’s why I think you see few of those types of deals. Basketball Insiders

Bob Myers: So it wasn’t just adding Iguodala, it was adding Iguodala along with clearing up a lot of salary on our books that really made us believe the deal was worth it from our side. If somebody wanted to compartmentalize the deal, you’d say one pick was for Iguodala and one pick was to get off $24 million. Would we do that in a bubble? Yeah, we felt like that was worth it, because it wasn’t just two first-round picks for Iguodala. We would have been looking at a team, should we not have done anything and stood pat, likely the same team coming back at the five starter spots, but also without Jarrett Jack and Carl Landry, who were huge in regards to our success last year. That likely would have set us back and we didn’t really want to take a step back after having some success for an organization that hadn’t had any in so long. We wanted to try to not just maintain, but take a small step forward. That was the motivation behind the deal and moving the picks. You never know how things could have worked out, you never know in any deal. Our thought at the time when we did it and constructed it was that it was worth it. Basketball Insiders

Bob Myers: We feel like we’ve still got players, more than two and three years where we think our core can play at a high level. We think continuity — although maybe some physical tools diminish with age — and your mind improves. Like look at a team like the Spurs and some of these teams that are a little older, even the HEAT to some degree, have some veterans that have been in the league a long time on their team and have experienced success. You look at some of the Celtics teams before they decided to go in a different direction. Basketball Insiders

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