Myers excited for added 'physical presence ... veteran leadership'

Myers excited for added 'physical presence ... veteran leadership'
August 2, 2012, 10:39 pm
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Warriors general manager Bob Myers spoke to reporters onWednesday about there-signing of Brandon Rush, signing of Carl Landry, andother team-related topics.Here are some excerpts from what he said:On the re-signing of Brandon Rush:Myers: Weve said all along we were going toprioritize re-signing Brandon Rush, and were happy we were able to make thathappen. I think he was excited to be back. He had a great season for us, fillsa lot of roles for us defensively and offensively.Obviously he had a great year shooting the basketball. It also gives us somecontinuity. There are some new players on the team. Bringing Brandon back -- asa player who has been with our coaching staff and some of our other players wasimportant.On the signing of Carl Landry: Myers: Were fortunate to have the opportunity toeven have a chance to get a guy like him. I Think we got him on a great value(two years, 8 million; player option in Year 2). He gives us mental toughnessand a physical presence in the paint, which I think weve lacked. He gives usveteran leadership; hes been to the playoffs.We just think hell help our core group, and were thrilledto have him on our team. Its nice see a player come to our team and not feellike we had to go crazy financially to get him. So were hopefully turning thecorner to the playoffs -- to where people want to play for us because theythink we have a chance to win.On whether the heavy lifting is over thisoffseason: Myers: Yeah, it is. Were mostly full on ourroster 15, with (Kent) Bazemore being on a partial guarantee. In regard toany major moves Id say unlikely. You never know what tomorrow will bring, but theway we played free agency -- weve made our moves and were content with ourroster. With that being said everything is fluid and things change daily but Iwould say that wed be happy if we began the season with this group.On where he sees the Warriors in the WesternConference pecking order:Myers: I think weve gotten better. We had aproductive summer. I think we made some good moves, going back to (lastseasons) trade deadline with (Andrew) Bogut. Wed like to think weve improvedour team. But if it doesnt translate to wins, it doesnt matter.Are we going to be competitive in the West? I think we canfight for a playoff spot, but promising anything is counterintuitive and notproductive. Weve made progress, were moving in the right direction. I dobelieve that strongly. Were going in the right direction. Were going tocontinue to do that.The key to our success will be health. Were under noillusion there. Thats been an issue with some of our core players, and wereaddressing that. All is progressing well on those fronts. If were healthy,well have a good chance to be competitive in the West. And thats our goal.Its a small goal right now and we hope to add to it.