Myers has one mandate for Mark Jackson

August 2, 2012, 3:43 am
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Warriors general manager Bob Myers spoke to the media onWednesday and addressed a variety of topics, including re-signing Brandon Rush,signing Carl Landry and how competitive he thinks his team can be in theWestern Conference, among others.Myers gave several detailed answers on different subjects,and theyre worth sharing.Heres what Myers said when he was asked about what style orwhat pace or what kind of team he thought the Warriors were going to be in2012-13, acknowledging that as the GM he wasnt going to be the persondetermining playing time, substitutions, etc.STEINMETZ: With Rush, Landry in fold, Warriors roster at 15
Myers: I think were talented. Wereyoung in some respects. That was the goal in free agency -- to add some veteranpresence, and we think we did that with Jarrett Jack and (Carl)Landry.So I think were well-balanced. And certainly I dont coachthe team but I do think weve given our (assistant) coaches and (head coach)Mark (Jackson) a chance to play any style. And that will be up to them. With aguy like (Andrew) Bogut, and players like (Stephen) Curry, Klay (Thompson),(Harrison) Barnes, David Lee, (Carl) Landry, Jarrett Jack, we really have theability to play fast, play slow, play halfcourt, play uptempo.The nice thing about our roster is we have depth atpositions. We can sustain a couple of hits at different positions, where werenot a team that if one player gets injured the whole thing doesnt get derailed whereas we might have been a little thin in the past.So I think weve put out a well-balanced group. Beyond thatweve got a great locker room. I dont think weve got any bad apples. I thinkwe have a group that wants to win, a high-character team. Again, not wanting tocoach the team, weve got a guy to do that, but weve given our coaching staffa group they can really work with. Its up to them to decide what style worksbest. And theres really only one mandate here and its to win. Thats the jobof the coaching staff (style, etc.) and were confident they can get itdone.Basketball operations, from the ownership group, myself,everybody, worked very hard to give them (the coaching staff) something to workwith. Im not sure we did last year, to be frank. Im not sure we could expectmuch from the talent we supplied the coaching staff.But I told Mark. I called him after the Landry signing, Isaid, Youve got something to work with. Which I truly believe. And I dontthink hes running from that challenge. I think hes embracing it. I think hessaying: Yeah, I do.Its up to them now to go forward with this group. I dontknow what your guys opinions are but I dont think its unfair to ask to goforward and do well with this group of players.

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