Travis Schlenk 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.”
It’s believed potential candidates to replace D’Alessandro include Ryan West and Travis Schlenk. West, son of NBA legend Jerry West, is assistant scouting director for the Los Angeles Lakers. Schlenk is assistant general manager for the Golden State Warriors. Schlenk interviewed with the Kings in 2013 for the position that went to D’Alessandro. D’Alessandro came to the Kings from Denver, where he worked under general manager Masai Ujiri. In his new position, D’Alessandro is expected to work for Josh Kroenke, president of the Nuggets and the NHL’s Colorado Avalanche.
It doesn’t sound like the Warriors have any intention of making a trade at this point, — even for a backup big man or wing scoring off the bench. The trade deadline is later this month. Said Schlenk: “We’ve been good for the past couple years. Maybe not championship quality but we’ve been playoff caliber. I tell (general manager) Bob (Myers) all the time ‘Our job now is not to screw it up.’ When you’re sitting with the record we have, and the year we’ve had, you’d like to tinker but you don’t want to mess it up. Chemistry is such a big thing, and our group of guys has such great chemistry. We’d hate to do a move just to do a move and have it mess up our chemistry.