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May 31, 2023, Bob Myers announced that he has officially stepped down as the President and General Manager of the Golden State Warriors after 11 years of holding the position. A full circle moment for Myers when he was asked what he thinks about Dub Nation during his exit interviews. Growing up in the Bay Area, he shared that he has been a lifelong Warriors fan and would get a chance to watch games live in Oracle Arena during his birthdays as a kid. Born in 1975, the same year the last time the Bay Area was home to the Larry O’Brien trophy when they won the championship up until Myers helped in contributing to four more championships in the Bay from 2015, 2017, 2018 and 2022.
Many speculated that Myers would eventually leave the Warriors for a much bigger paycheck. However, ESPN Senior Insider Adrian Wojnarowski confirmed through sources that Myers declined an offer from the Warriors that would have paid him enough to be among the league’s top earning executives. In his exit interview, he said that the answer to the question “why he is leaving the Warriors” is because he does not still feel like he can give the full effort and engagement needed for the job. Myers added what is next for his professional career remains uncertain, saying “maybe it’ll be good for me to sit still…I don’t think I’m done working. I’m going to do something,” adding that he will be working in the same industry because he loves basketball so much. Certainly, wherever Myers wants to go, there is no doubt that he will be one of the most pursued executives in sports.
In his 12 year professional career with the Warriors, one as the assistant general manager and 11 as the general manager. He became a two-time executive of the year and architect of the Warriors dynasty by winning four NBA Championships in the last nine years.
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In his tenure, Bob Myers:
helped in drafting Klay Thompson in 2011 as an assistant general manager
drafted Draymond Green in 2012
Hired Steve Kerr as head coach in 2014
Signed the likes of Andre Iguodala, Kevin Durant, Shaun Livingston, JaVale McGee, Otto Porter Jr., and Gary Payton II. All who became key pieces in their respective championship runs
Traded for Andrew Bogut and Andrew Wiggins who also became key pieces in their respective championship runs
Drafted Harrison Barnes, Jordan Poole, Kevon Looney, Jonathan Kuminga, and Moses Moody. Some were key pieces in their respective championship runs while some have bright futures ahead of them.
With Myers gone, Klay Thompson playing on the last year of his deal, Draymond Green can become a free agent if he chooses not to exercise his $27 million dollar option and Steve Kerr on his last year of his coaching contract, are the days of the Warriors dynasty coming to an end? It will be an interesting offseason, especially with a new General Manager handling contract negotiations of key pieces to the Warriors dynasty.