Myers talks Warriors' health, expectations, other issues

September 27, 2012, 8:39 pm
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Warriors general manager Bob Myers met with reporters onThursday in advance of the season. Myers addressed a variety of subjects including the teamshealth, the status of Andris Biedrins and how he thinks Stephen Curry willadjust to being a point guard without Monta Ellis.Here is some of what Myers said:On what kind of offseason he thought he and theWarriors front office had:Myers: "I keep getting asked that. I finallysettled on a response and the response is: Ask me at the end of the season andIll tell you what kind of offseason we had.On where Andrew Bogut is health-wise:Myers: "Hes making good strides. Hes onschedule. The schedule is for him to progress each day. Whether its lateralmoves one day, jumping another day. He hasnt begun five-on-five contact, butthats something we expect to happen in October. The reason I cant tell youanything with 100 percent certainly is that its based on how hes feeling."If he decides to play one-on-one and experiencesdiscomfort, well pull him back. But thus far he has not experienced anysetbacks. Were being cautious with the things hes doing on the court. But weare encouraged, as is he, that things are progressing well. We expect if itcontinues that way hell be playing five-on-five, and were hoping to get himsome preseason games."On Andris Biedrins being the only player who didntshow up for voluntary workouts:Myers: "Ill say that Im happy the players thatwere here were here and commend them for their effort. Because its a result-driven business, Andris will be allowed to compete for his position. Hes aprofessional and Ill leave it to the coach to decide what his role will be."Im going to try to be neutral on whether he came or didntcome. Im going to be positive on the guys who did come. But hes shown he canbe an effective player in the NBA. Im going to let it play out with Andris andIm hoping that, like any player we have, hes ready to go."Im not going to judge him until weve seen him in thepreseason and see what he can do. But Im very happy the other 14 were here.For our organization, thats important."On the organization downplaying expectations asopposed to a year ago: Myers: "Because, unfortunately, we have not had aculture of winning and until we actually go do that, it doesnt matter what Isay, what coach says or what anybody says. It matters what we do, what our teamdoes."What Im trying to say is, I think if we employ the rightprocess in how we go about what were doing, working hard, doing things theright way, then the results will come. Theres a quote: 'You cannot ensuresuccess, but you can deserve it.'"I just want this team to deserve to be successful. Whateverresult that means. I think if we put in the time and employ the right process,well be happy with the result. But to turn it on its head and say this is whatthe result is going to be, I dont know that thats productive."Unless we actually go do it, and the results are there,which is winning Were not an organization that has a history of winning eachyear, so its almost that Id rather go do it and let the results speak forthemselves as opposed to saying its going to happen."On Stephen Curry being the focal point as a pointguard and his role without Monta Ellis:Myers: "In the offseason, I talked to Stephen and I said: I dontknow and I dont want to know, but whatever you did think (in the past) or whateverencumbrances you think might have existed, its your team. So go be the pointguard of this team. Thats coming from our coach, too. But hes our pointguard. If that was an excuse (playing alongside Ellis) or was in the past,whether it was right or wrong, it doesnt exist anymore.Hes playing alongside a very traditional point guard, whoisnt a player who has the ball in his hands that often. So lets find out.Were confident he can do the job."