Marcus Thompson has just written a very nice profile of Bob Myers, who was recently announced as the new GM of the Golden State Warriors.
It is hard to take issue with such a positive piece about such a nice man. And Bob Myers is by all accounts a very nice man. But I do take issue with it.
Because Bob Myers is a lie.
Bob Myers is NOT the GM of the Golden State Warriors.
1) As I have stated repeatedly since forever, Larry Riley was never the GM of the Warriors. Ever. Not under Nelson, and not under Lacob. If that wasn’t obvious to you before, it should be now, after he meekly introduced his successor at the press conference with a shit-eating grin, and meekly accepted his “demotion” to “Director of Scouting.”
Ever seen a real GM, in any sport, do that? Of course you haven’t. No one but a good company man, who knew he was never the real GM, could possibly be so self-effacing.
(By the way, if you recall, I’ve been calling Riley the “chief scout” ever since Lacob took over.)
2) Similarly to Riley, Bob Myers is not the GM, and never will be. Joe Lacob is the GM, with Kirk next in line.
It was Joe Lacob who fired Don Nelson. Joe Lacob who hired Keith Smart. Joe Lacob who fired Keith Smart, and hired Mark Jackson. (The GM is the guy who hires and fires coaches, right?)
It was Joe Lacob who signed Jeremy Lin and Lou Amundson, over Nelson’s dead body. And Joe Lacob who told you that Monta Ellis was gone — in his very first interview, if you were paying attention. (The GM is the guy who makes personnel decisions, right?)
It was Joe Lacob who announced his intention to “change the culture” of the Warriors from the start: to transform them into a team that walks the ball up the court, plays half-court offense, and focuses on the defensive end. Joe Lacob who coveted that big deal, that “tranformative deal,” for Kevin Garnett… errr, a genuine NBA star center who would let the Warriors play his preferred style. Joe Lacob who doesn’t know what a spread four is.
It was Joe Lacob who made the decision to tank the last two seasons — before they began. And followed through on that decision at every trading deadline. Joe Lacob who doesn’t believe in veteran backup PGs. Joe Lacob who has in fact never signed a veteran bench player to a multi-year contract (since that fateful Lou Amundson day). Joe Lacob who made the decision to hoard 2nd round picks rather than develop players out of the D-Leagues. Joe Lacob who covets lottery picks so strongly, he not only stripped the Warriors bench for two straight seasons, but induced Mark Jackson to disgrace himself, by throwing basketball games.
Joe Lacob is the GM. It’s obvious and has always been obvious.
3) Myers has absolutely no experience as a player, coach, scout or talent evaluator at the NBA level. Zero. Therefore, we can assume he has zero ability to evaluate players. Which was in fact shown by the way he sold his client Dorell Wright down the river.
And as for knowing how to build an NBA team, or hire the right coach… yeah, right. But you see, that’s not part of his job description.
Jerry West and Larry Riley are the talent evaluators and advisors to the throne. Assistant GM Travis Schlenk is the capologist, as well as another expert talent evaluator, of many years experience. Assistant GM Kirk Lacob is… well, we all know who he is.
Bob Myers is the front man, the young, handsome and articulate face of the organization.
The Little Donnie Nelson to Lacob’s Mark Cuban.
4) Thompson: “As an agent, Myers’ negotiations were not antagonistic. That has its rewards now.”
Translation: He was a lousy agent.
(And I pondered in print when he was hired as assistant GM whether those Dorell Wright “negotiations” had helped get him the job.)
Bob Myers is not an NBA basketball guy, in any way shape or form. He’s the pretty face, a people guy, a guy everybody likes, and likes talking to. The perfect guy to pretend he’s the GM, while Joe Lacob calls the shots.
The fall guy, as Larry Riley was before him.
Because you can’t fire the owner.