Myers played a part in the trade that netted 2005 No. 1 overall pick Andrew Bogut _ expected to be the franchise center starting next season when he’s healthy _ from Milwaukee in exchange for leading scorer Monta Ellis among others, and in drafting standout rookie shooting guard Klay Thompson to be Ellis’ replacement previously.
Myers believes, if healthy, next year’s team _ expected to be led by Bogut, Stephen Curry, David Lee and Thompson _ will make major strides in the Western Conference, and he does believe Curry’s troublesome right ankle will be fine and Bogut’s fractured left ankle will be healed.
He stopped short of making any playoff promises, or any promises really, other than what he’s after on the roster _ more size and more veterans.
“I think at the end of the day, that just shows he watches the games,” Warriors coach Mark Jackson said, poking fun at his team that had lost eight of nine entering Tuesday night’s game against New Orleans. “It’s really a selling point to have a cool GM.”
The light-hearted comments from Jackson weren’t necessary to keep his job.
Myers and Lacob have been pleased with Jackson this season, and the expectation has always been that the rookie coach will be back for a second season. The relationship between Myers and Jackson goes back decades to when Jackson was represented by Arn Tellum, Myers‘ boss at the Wasserman Media Group.
“He’s a home run as far as executives are concerned,” Jackson said. “There’s no part of me shaking that they just gave the reigns to somebody I can’t get along with.”
Myers said he doesn’t plan on bringing in any new members to his staff.
Executive board member Jerry West, assistant general manager Travis Schlenk and director of basketball operations Kirk Lacob, the owner’s son, will assist him along with Riley _ who’s exact capacity in scouting is still to be determined. Ultimately, though, Myers and Lacob said it’s up to the new general manager to make the final recommendation to the owner.
“Like any team, somebody’s going to shoot, somebody’s going to rebound, somebody’s going to set screens,” Myers said. “And it doesn’t work if everybody is going to shoot the ball, and it doesn’t work if nobody is going to shoot the ball. I think we have in place now a team.”
Your shot, Myers.
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