Larry Riley Rumors
From the start, Myers leaned on West for advice, especially once elevated to GM, replacing Larry Riley. The Warriors’ unique collaborative process evolved, with decisions undertaken by a team consisting of Lacob, Myers, West and assistant GMs Travis Schlenk and Lacob’s older son, Kirk (and, later, coach Steve Kerr). Strong opinions were expected. Disagreement was encouraged. One rival coach calls it, “one of the healthiest organizations in the NBA.”
“The day before (the draft), we became convinced that they were actually going to take Jonny Flynn (in addition to Ricky Rubio),” then-general manager and current director of scouting Larry Riley told USA TODAY Sports. “There was a lot of angst before that. Frankly, the next guy taken after that was Jordan Hill, and we would have probably gone in that same direction. “Up until the day before the draft, we were really having a lot of anxiety about it, and we were in a position where there wasn’t much we could do. We also knew that New York valued him, that they would have liked him.”
A prospect walks into a small hotel room, a room that has had the bed removed in favor of a round table and offers Walgreens-purchased water as the only refreshments. The prospect sees two headboards on the wall, but no beds. He sees a table, half glasses of water and eight people (Jerry West, Bob Myers, Travis Schlenk, Kirk Lacob, Mark Jackson, Larry Riley, Larry Harris and Speedy Claxton) ready to interrogate.
“I’d be disingenuous if I said anything other than there is some real disappointment about not being the general manager anymore,” (Larry) Riley said Wednesday, a day after taking a hard swallow of his new reality. “I think the team is set to be pretty good. It took a lot of work to get it to this point, and I’d like to be in the position to enjoy the success.
Jackson won a championship with the Spurs in 2003, left a month later and Duncan and Popovich have missed him ever since. He shouldn’t be here now, but the Spurs landed him at the trade deadline while cleaning up one of their few mistakes. They’d given Richard Jefferson a four-year, $39 million extension two summers ago that was regrettable the moment the ink dried on the contract. When Golden State acquired Jackson in the Andrew Bogut trade 10 weeks ago, Buford immediately called Warriors general manager Larry Riley. “Pop,” Buford told Riley, “still thinks he can coach Jack.”
Meanwhile, several other potential candidates who are held in high regard and could be interested in the position didn’t turn up any other requests for permission by the Blazers. As of Saturday, Portland had not requested to speak with Rockets assistant general manager Sam Hinkie, Pistons assistant GM Scott Perry (or GM Joe Dumars, who was atop the Blazers’ list a year ago but has not shown interest), Warriors assistant GM Travis Schlenk (or former GM Larry Riley, who was named director of scouting because of Bob Myers’ promotion to general manager), or Nuggets front-office advisor Pete D’Alessandro.
That the Warriors replaced general manager Larry Riley with protege Bob Myers comes as no shock. The big surprise is the timing. Why now? According to multiple team sources, a few factors came into play. The coming draft, and all the ensuing prep work. The pending free agent season, which kicks off July 1, and the Warriors’ need to woo someone though armed with nothing more than a mid-level.