Ballmer, to review, spent last summer making drastic changes to the way in which roster decisions are made while sparing no expense. The 61-year-old, who stands at No. 15 on Forbes’ latest list of wealthiest Americans, lured Jerry West away from the Golden State Warriors as a consultant in mid-July, paying him between $4 million and $5 million annually to be a trusted and unfiltered voice on all personnel matters.
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Steve Kerr and Warriors management held preliminary contract extension talks last summer, but Kerr tabled final discussions until next summer to make sure he felt healthy enough to make a long-term commitment, Kerr told The Athletic on Sunday evening. Kerr and general manager Bob Myers held the initial talks — and Kerr, Myers and Warriors owner Joe Lacob all told The Athletic on Sunday that they fully expect that Kerr will sign an extension next summer.
“We just agreed we’d wait,” Kerr said. “I’ve got two years left on my deal and wanted to make sure that everything went well this year health-wise. And I don’t anticipate any issues going forward. “I don’t have any desire to be anywhere else. So I’m sure when we get down to it, we’ll come to an agreement pretty quickly.”
Warriors general manager Bob Myers said that injury scare is often forgotten in talk about Durant’s road to his first championship. He added that he was glad Durant not only got the ring but also lost the pressure of not having one. “I’m glad he’s getting a ring,” Myers said before the game. “He earned it. It would have been sad if he had not gotten one and didn’t check that box. He’s too good of a player. Sometimes great players never get that opportunity. Players in this day and age, I feel like there is such pressure that it has to happen for them. Sometimes it’s not their fault. But to see him obtain that pretty early, I think he has a lot of years left. I’m really happy for him.”
On top of that, as the Warriors prepared for the postseason, Warriors owner Joe Lacob was considering offering Curry a contract below the max, even though Curry has been one of the most underpaid players in all of sports over the last three seasons. Warriors general manager Bob Myers kept Lacob from bringing a reduced offer to the negotiating table, but it was enough of a thing that Myers reassured Curry of the franchise’s commitment. Curry wound up getting the largest contract in NBA history: five years, $201 million.
Anthony Slater: Statement from Warriors on their parade spending. They paid nearly $800K but don’t sound too pleased because original estimate was $300K
Marc J. Spears: Warriors general manager Bob Myers confirmed to ESPN’s The Undefeated that the team is considering visiting the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture during their Washington, D.C. trip this season.
Mark Medina: Bob Myers said Larry Harris and Nick U’Ren will have elevated roles with Jerry West going to Clippers & Travis Schlenk going to Hawks
Connor Letourneau: Bob Myers said he thought being a GM would be easier than being an agent, “and I was wrong. I was completely wrong.”
“When I took the job, my wife asked me ‘will there be any media?’” Myers said. “I said ‘it’s the Warriors — nobody cares.” “Am I getting more comfortable with [the attention]? Probably not… I don’t really know what to make of that. Anonymity is a good thing.”
Bob Myers: You remember when there were rumblings that he didn’t want to be a Warrior. You remember him potentially not showing up for a press conference. So Steph Curry, he is who he is so he shows up. His first few years were not a good initial experience. As far as I know, I never heard him saying, “Get me out of here.” My point is this, when he got to our organization we were not a team or destination that the most ardent Warrior would say was capable of winning a championship; the playoffs were our championship.
Bob Myers: People always ask me what we said to Kevin (Durant) in the Hamptons. It wasn’t what anyone said in that four-hour period. It was Steph Curry building a foundation, being selfless enough to go. It was Andre Iguodala, who knew we were going after a guy who played his position. It was Draymond Green, it was Steve Kerr, it was all the things that those guys had done that put us in a position to be in a place where Kevin Durant said, “I wanna meet with that team.” There’s no magic words in life.
On Monday, the former Lakers legend and Hall of Famer talked about his move south an interview with The Athletic’s Tim Kawakami. “Frankly it was very sad, OK? It really was. A place where I thought that if I was going to work another year or if somebody wanted me to work another year, I thought I could contribute; I did not want to leave. I did not want to leave. I was very happy there. But those things happen sometimes. Obviously to be around a bunch of players that were as together as any I’ve seen and I think more importantly the talent that was on that team and to see the joy. There’s a lot of joy there. I think those are the kind of environments where people really prosper.”
West then explains why he’s not with the Warriors anymore. “It was time for me to leave. I’m in Los Angeles again. For me, I’ll have a chance to go in the office a little bit and watch some of the people that have been hired, to watch our coaches coach. I’ve often said I’ve done some crazy things in my life because of the timing and maybe the timing was right.”
No coach ever stops coaching, even in the offseason. Kerr says he spends at minimum a couple of hours a day on Warriors business. “I’m on the phone, talking to (general manager) Bob Myers, talking to our coaches and to different people. Writing down thoughts, putting together plans for our coaching retreat (before training camp). It might be just something that pops into my head, where I just stop and write something down. But I’m not Jon Gruden (famous workaholic), I’m not waking up at five in the morning and going to the film room (laugh).”
Marc J. Spears: Golden State general manager Bob Myers wins the 2017 NBA Executive of the Year award.
An official announcement is not expected until next week, another executive said, possibly as early as Monday. “Obviously, it’s attractive to him because he lives in the Los Angeles area and started his career as a player in L.A. with the Lakers,” one executive said. “This is the place for him to go because he’s looking for things to do still. He’s looking for another challenge.” Even after West met with Clippers owner Steve Ballmer and Doc Rivers, the team’s coach and president of basketball operations, on May 30 at the team’s practice facility in Playa Vista, the executives said West “twice changed his mind” before deciding Wednesday that he wanted to join the Clippers.
“(Myers) doesn’t get the credit he deserves,” Green said. “That’s been on my mind a lot for a long time. At the end of the day, you look at the work that he’s done with this team, this team had never won before he got here (in April 2011), and he has put together a great team that’s put together two championships in three years. It’s about God damn time he got some credit for it.”
After six years as a special consultant, Jerry West is leaving the Golden State Warriors to take a similar job with the Los Angeles Clippers, SI.com has learned. West, who turned 79 as the NBA Finals began, made his decision over the last couple of weeks.
Connor Letourneau: Joe Lacob’s statement on Jerry West leaving for the Clippers:
But recently, West himself told friends that he wondered whether Myers really needed his input much any more — that Myers had grown so much in the position, West’s voice maybe would be more valuable somewhere else. West pushed for Myers to get the promotion to team president and a large raise last summer, but pointedly West did not get an extension at the same time — their previous extensions had been relatively simultaneous.
Kevin Durant probably was going to sign with the Warriors last July even if he didn’t get a last-minute phone call from West, but Durant taking that call was an indicator that he wanted to talk to a league legend, who happened to be affiliated with the Warriors, and that Durant was ready to sign on.
Tim Kawakami: I asked Joe Lacob last night if he’ll offer Steph Curry the super-max: “We’re going to do whatever it takes to keep Steph here and happy.”
Tim Kawakami: More Lacob on Curry: “I know he wants to be here and we want him here. I do not anticipate any issues with him staying.”
Can you give an update on your talks with the Clippers and your future with the Warriors? Jerry West: I don’t have any update on that. I’ve got a decision to make. I don’t know what that decision is going to be. I don’t really want to talk about it.
He does have permission to talk to other teams? Myers: Yeah. Jerry does what Jerry wants to do. Who are we to deny Jerry permission? (Smiles.) But did the Clippers officially request permission and you granted it? Myers: Yeah. It’s all above-board stuff. Like I said, we’ll deal with all of it when the season’s over. It’s not fair to talk about it–I don’t think he wants it to be discussed now, either, so I’m going to honor that…
What are your thoughts on Travis Schlenk leaving to take the Atlanta GM job? Myers: I think he’ll be great. He was a big part of what we did. Deserves a lot of credit for where we are. And I think he’ll do well. I think they got a great guy. He’s going to make his mark there. He’s a friend, too, and he’ll be missed. We’ll move forward and pick up the pieces and keep going.
West, who is under contract with the Warriors through July, was at the Clippers’ facility Tuesday and talked with owner Steve Ballmer and coach Doc Rivers about joining them. “I will tell you I had a very intriguing meeting with the Clippers,” West said. “Steve Ballmer is going to be a sensational owner. But I’m 79 years old and I know how much that I value the game of basketball. I know what it’s done for me and I’m still really competitive. I’m just not so sure that anywhere is a good fit for me.”
Jerry West insists he knows NOTHING about the Clippers reportedly trying to steal him away from the Golden State Warriors … but watch the video — and pay attention to that smirk! West is currently an executive board member for the Warriors — but ESPN’s Marc Stein reported the Clippers are actively courting him to L.A.
Jerry West, one of the NBA’s foremost executives, is “very intrigued” about joining forces with the Clippers, said two league executives who were not authorized to speak publicly about the ongoing talks.
Before Buss hired Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka in February to lead the Lakers’ front office, West was regarded as a candidate to rejoin the mix, and those close to the Hall of Famer have indicated he was excited about a potential homecoming. “He wanted it more than anything,” one source said.
Jerry West, one of the NBA’s foremost executives, is “very intrigued” about joining forces with the Clippers, said two league executives who were not authorized to speak publicly about the ongoing talks. West, an executive board member with the Golden State Warriors who consults with the team’s basketball operations, would also be an advisor with the Clippers with a strong say as a consultant, the executives said.
West recently met with Clippers owner Steve Ballmer and Doc Rivers, the team’s coach and president of basketball operations, said the executives. The Clippers got permission from the Warriors to speak with West, one executive said. “But nothing is going to happen any time soon,” the executive said.
If West were to join the Clippers, there is a chance he would hire his son, Ryan West, who is the assistant director of scouting for the Lakers, in a front-office job with the Clippers, one executive said.
Brad Turner: Was just told per source that Jerry West is “very intrigued” about working with the Clippers, as @Marc Stein first reported.
Marc Stein: Updating the Clippers/Jerry West story: League sources say West has already held talks w/owner Steve Ballmer and coach/president Doc Rivers.
The LA Clippers have expressed interest in hiring NBA legend Jerry West away from the Golden State Warriors, sources told ESPN. League sources told ESPN that the Clippers would like to bring West into their organization in an advisory capacity, similar to the role he has held with the Warriors since May 2011.
Other undisclosed teams, sources said, have made similar runs at West, who is under contract with Golden State through July as a member of its executive board and has been asked by Warriors owner Joe Lacob to stay with the franchise.
Monte Poole: Interesting. But, as Marc writes, #Clippers are not the only team to express interest in The Logo. #Warriors are determined to keep him. twitter.com/ESPNSteinLine/…
He doesn’t interfere, yet they know he’s there. “He’s got a really special quality of being here and then staying in the background at the same time,” Kerr said. “He gets it. I think that’s the way he approaches his life. He’s very modest and yet he’s very confident. He’s very knowledgeable and yet he listens. He’s never the know-it-all guy who has to show he’s the smartest in the room but he actually is the smartest in the room.”
When Myers moves about team headquarters in downtown Oakland he also blends right in with any group. That’s how easy he is to have around – and much like the scene at one of his dinner parties, he has a gauge on the vibe. “He understands how important it is for him to be aware of everything that’s going on, how everybody’s feeling,” Curry said. “It’s a tough job, for sure, to have to balance, manage, all these different personalities and the ups and downs of the season. He’s bridged the gap between upstairs and downstairs. All that responsibility, it all pays out when we all succeed, and a lot of that goes to what Bob does on a day-to-day basis. … He finds a way to be personable, to be connected to every single person in our organization. And it’s very genuine. That goes a long way.”
There is a growing sense that West and the Warriors are headed toward agreeing to extend his relationship with the franchise –Lacob confirmed he and West have spoken about a new contract and have now paused the discussions until after the Finals–but nothing has been finalized.
Joe Lacob: His contract is up, as you know. We have met; we have discussed the future. And it’s really something that I’m sure at the end of the season we will return to and figure out what Jerry wants to do. We want him back. We love him. He’s been a great contributor to the organization, someone I consider a personal friend as well. We would love him back (beyond this season), and we’ve made that known.
A few months ago, a source close to West indicated he might be intrigued if the Lakers were interested in bringing him on in an advisory role. But with the advent of Magic Johnson’s takeover and the hiring of new GM Rob Pelinka, that does not seem to be a possibility and I don’t think West would be interested any more even if it was.
The Atlanta Hawks are working on a contract agreement to hire Golden State Warriors executive Travis Schlenk as general manager, league sources told The Vertical. Barring any unforeseen snags, a deal could be completed as soon as Wednesday, league sources told The Vertical.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Golden State assistant GM Travis Schlenk has emerged as a frontrunner for Atlanta Hawks GM opening, league sources tell @The Vertical.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Travis Schlenk is Atlanta’s choice to become new GM and sides are entering into contract talks, league sources tell @The Vertical.
Washington Wizards vice president of basketball operations Tommy Sheppard and Golden State Warriors assistant general manager Travis Schlenk have emerged as the new names of note in the Atlanta Hawks’ front office search, according to league sources.
Sources told ESPN that the Hawks have conducted interviews with both Sheppard and Schlenk this week and continue to have interest in ESPN television analyst Chauncey Billups as well as Boston Celtics assistant general manager Mike Zarren as they search for a new lead voice for basketball operations.
Marc Stein: The Atlanta Hawks have secured permission to interview Warriors executive Travis Schlenk for their front office search, league sources say
This wasn’t merely about an edge. With a thin-enough chance at 55.8 percent, this was all-important. All Lakerdom will feel their agony if their 46.9 percent chance doesn’t come in at the May 16 lottery. These days the Lakers don’t even do no-brainers, like inviting Jerry West back in a consultant’s role like the one he has with the Warriors. A Lakers insider told me it’s not happening … even though the Lakers are aware West would love to be asked back.
There has been talk of Warriors executive Bob Myers, however, the Warriors and Myers extended his contract last summer, increasing his pay and adding more responsibility to his job function. Sources peg poaching Myers from the Warriors as the longest of long shots but admitted that Warriors assistant general manager Travis Schlenk is on the radar and will likely be interviewed.
Tim Kawakami: On another topic: NBA sources indicate that Warriors and Jerry West have had preliminary talks about extending his deal past this summer...
Tim Kawakami: There is no deal yet–my understanding is that GSW owner Joe Lacob has left this up to West, who is deciding what he wants to do…
Before the Lakers fired Mitch Kupchak and Jim Buss on Tuesday, the franchise had already moved away from trying to pursue the Golden State Warriors’ Bob Myers, the franchise’s original top target for general manager, league sources told The Vertical. After Myers signed a recent contract extension, it became clear to Lakers brass that it would be unable to lure Myers, league sources said.
Though not entirely surprising, that is essentially what Warriors director of player personnel Larry Harris told KNBR on Monday. “We’ll take phone calls. We’re not going to initiate any,” Harris said. “But we’ll take phone calls if teams are interested, if they need us maybe in a three-way deal or they see something that can help us. We’re certainly not generating calls. And not because we’re being arrogant or anything.”
Other than adding Briante Weber to a 10-day contract — and, reportedly, another — the Warriors should stand pat. “As we look at our roster moving forward, I think where we’re going to grow is within our own team,” Harris said.
“He’s gained more compassion, more empathy,” said Kerr, whose father, Dr. Malcolm Kerr, was assassinated by political extremists in Beirut in 1984. “I found the same thing when I went through my dad’s death. It suddenly means a lot more when you read about somebody else’s tragedy.” Today, 13 months after his brother-in-law’s death, Myers and his team are under the kind of external scrutiny that comes only with championship-or-bust expectations. Still, it is Dinsmore whom he thinks of first when he wakes each morning. On the 12th of every month, to honor his memory, Bob, Kristen and their daughters release balloons with handwritten notes to Dinsmore “in heaven” in front of the Palace of Fine Arts.
Scott and Chelsea had been on the sixth day of an eight-day climb, about 2,000 feet from Kilimanjaro’s summit, when they heard a shout from a climber above. A black boulder — roughly the size of a large suitcase — was racing toward them as smaller rocks rained down on either side. Chelsea dove to her right. When she glanced back, Scott, who had been walking just behind her, was on the ground, severely injured. She tried to resuscitate him. It was too late. “This was a very bizarre and freak thing,” said Chelsea, who stays with the Myerses whenever she’s not traveling the world in her work for Live Your Legend. “No one else on the mountain was hurt. Scott was the only one.”
Adam Johnson: Kent Lacob to be named General Manager of the Santa Cruz Warriors, league sources tell D-League Digest.
Tim Kawakami: NBA source: Warriors GM Bob Myers’ new title includes a contract extension beyond 2017-2018, though exact length is unknown...
Tim Kawakami: Another NBA source indicates that Myers is believed to have received a substantial raise in the extension and title elevation.
The Golden State Warriors today announced a number of promotions in the team’s Basketball Operations department, highlighted by the promotions of Bob Myers to the role of president of basketball operations/general manager, Travis Schlenk to vice president of basketball operations/assistant general manager, Kirk Lacob to vice president of GSW Sports Ventures/assistant general manager, and Larry Harris to assistant general manager/director of player personnel. Additional promotions include Nick U’Ren as director of coaching operations/special assistant to the head coach, Jonnie West as director of player programs, Nanea McGuigan as director of basketball administration/player programs, Chelsea Lane as head of physical performance and sports medicine, Drew Yoder as head athletic trainer, Roger Sancho as assistant trainer, James Laughlin as video coordinator, and Sammy Gelfand as manager of basketball analytics.
Marc J. Spears: The @DLeagueWarriors are promoting Ryan Atkinson, an ex-Warriors locker room & ex-A’s clubhouse attendant, to assistant GM, a source said.
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Erik Horne: LeBron James on the Cavs’ defense today: “I don’t think I’ve ever in my basketball life given up 148 points, not even probably in video games. They got everything they wanted – inside, outside, they had us moving.”
Now that Tim Hardaway Jr. is healthy and back playing, he wants to help the Knicks reach the playoffs. That’s his singular goal, and he won’t be happy if the Knicks fall short. “We’re trying to make the playoffs, point blank,” Hardaway said following practice Saturday at UCLA. “Myself being in the playoffs the past two seasons I wouldn’t want anything less. Anything less than that to me isn’t a good season. I want to go out there and do whatever I can on my behalf and my part to help the team win.”
Josh Lewenberg: Some big pre-game news from @Twolves_PR: Wolves will be without Jimmy Butler (and Jamal Crawford) tonight. Robs us of what would have been a fun DeMar/Jimmy matchup but Raptors catch a bit of a break on 2nd night of a b2b. Butler’s having a great season.
The Zion Williamson Sweepstakes is over — and Duke is the surprise winner. The 6-foot-6, 270-pound power forward chose the Blue Devils over Clemson, South Carolina, Kentucky, Kansas and North Carolina during his ESPN2 announcement Saturday night.
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Chris Fedor: #Cavs LeBron James on Ty Lue possibly fired: “I would hope not, but really don’t know. I don’t know what’s going to happen with our team. I have no idea what conversations have been going on. I’ve been trying to stay as laser-sharp as I can to keep my guys ready to go out & play”