Bob Myers, the esteemed general manager of the Golden State Warriors, has announced he will be stepping down after a remarkable decade of shaping the team’s successful trajectory.
Myers revealed his impending departure to coincide with his contract’s expiration in late June. His leadership guided the Warriors to secure four NBA championship titles and make six appearances in the NBA Finals during his time at the helm.
Myers’ success was his ability to retain core team members, including Stephen Curry, Draymond Green, and Klay Thompson, who played pivotal roles in the Warriors’ championship triumphs. Warriors coach Steve Kerr voiced his wish for Myers to continue with the team but also underlined his support for Myers’ decision.
Originating from Danville’s suburbs, Myers transitioned into a successful NBA executive role following his stint as a basketball player at UCLA and his experience as an agent. Myers became known for his friendly demeanor, regularly interacting with players, coaches, and assistants during practice sessions.
Myers’ collaborative work ethic, especially with Coach Kerr, distinguished him in the professional sports world, where such synergistic relations between the front office and the head coach are often rare. Kerr recognized Myers’ primacy in roster decisions but underlined their concerted efforts in crafting the optimal team.
Beyond his office obligations, Myers established a personal rapport with players, engaging with them even during matches. His support for Draymond Green during challenging times, such as suspensions and game-time mistakes, is noteworthy.
Myers notably accompanied Green during a key game in the 2016 NBA Finals that Green missed due to suspension. The dedication shown by Myers and Kerr to recruit players who prioritize team victory over individual glory received accolades from Gregg Popovich, the San Antonio Spurs coach.
Beyond facilitating on-court triumphs, Myers’ influence extended to strategic acquisitions. He signed Kevin Durant, who became a two-time NBA Finals MVP and was crucial in securing consecutive championships for the Warriors in 2017 and 2018.
Upon taking over as the general manager in 2012, Myers skillfully assembled the team roster that led the Warriors to their first championship victory in 40 years in 2015.
One of the most successful general managers in recent sports history, Myers leaves behind a significant legacy at the Warriors, having crafted a championship-winning team and fostering a collaborative culture within the organization.