1.21: 1-on-1 with Warriors GM Larry Riley
Riley joins Matt Morrison on Chronicle Live.
We are joined now live. By Larry Riley the Warriors general manager thank you for sitting down with us tonight on chronicle live Larry and here's a team I talked a lot of the players yesterday whose little three game win streak seems to have their confidence portion. This is team that's talking about getting to 500 by the all star break and the playoffs were brought up many times what is your feeling at the halfway point. Well I'm glad the team's thinking that way because we've been thinking the same thing and it always helps when the players are right on board where that. And they're the ones that chased a goal anyway we kind of set the bar. And they go after -- so we're in pretty good shape where that's concerned I agree -- you -- conversations with our players. It's been nothing but positive and we are a bit of -- -- we've got a lot of work to do yet there are a lot of things that happened yet. The -- a pretty good spot considering where we came from as far as the earlier part of this season. A lot of discussion in recent weeks Larry has been about a Warriors roster that's getting healthier. And specifically you look at the front court where you got Lou Robinson back ineptitude out. And now Andris Biedrins returned from an ankle injury but the fact remains as warrior fans. Aren't stupid they watch this team play and there is a gaping hole at the center position. Is a move imminent is it necessary at this time. Always can do right now is continue to talk to guys who play at the five spot. And see if we can get them they're jacked their game up another notch so to speak. That's my focus for right now I'm not exactly sure what what happened as we go into the next few weeks. But -- it's always more important take care what you have. Than to dream about something if you don't have now there's plenty of room for dreaming playroom for objectives. And -- when he removed try to make the team better. But it it never is a thing to do walk away from and we need to stay with what we have worked with the guys that we do have try to get them better. Was that Larry this is mark. Hey mark are you good good no you can't speak about Andre Iguodala. Chris Kaman is specifically Carmelo Anthony. But do you expect their do you think you guys can make some kind of blockbuster deal. Before the trade deadline. Hard to determine that. A blockbuster deal of course would be something that we would embrace if we had a chance to improve our team. Without subtracting. Some of our key pieces we would definitely be all over that. We are looking to improve the team and I think it's important to look to do that and will search for that until the trade deadline is over we'll continue to talk to everybody. But I would caution everyone we've got a good thing going on right here I like our team our record's getting better. And I don't -- -- something that is making a lot of progress. Is there a need for another guy -- serious I think this team in order to be some team that goes forward. And as a continuous supply golf team would probably have to get better I think we all agree that. When we do that that's something where it's calculate very closely. Hey Larry this Scott Russell or how you don't. I'm doing good Scott. Big picture question for you. When players finally talk about next place they wanna go where they might wanna relocate to. Golden State wherever that is has always been kind of Siberia. You think that's changing now with the new ownership in the new. Leadership that that it's more of an attractive destination or will that change. A -- I certainly think it has changed to some degree that changed last summer when we attracted David Lee. Also when we get to to -- right. And Lou Robinson. I think the approach that a lot of players are taken as they wait a minute. The bay areas -- pretty good area. And then that we have new ownership and -- catches everybody's out. It doesn't hurt that we've. Now develop some guys who were pretty good players and the next guy you look at free agency is likely to say hey there's one piece missing. If I can be at peace here we go. And so I do think that concept has changed and I think it will continue to get a little bit better. There it's -- again this one talks about the softball for it does a lot of talk about Monta Ellis and his potential. To earn an all star spot in the Western Conference. This season. The Warriors have not had an all star since -- -- well since 1997. What. Would it mean to the franchise. And to the team on the floor right now for Monta Ellis to make the all star squad. First thing it's always good to have somebody -- that kind of recognition because it's such an elite group. We'd be extremely pleased from Monta it would be something -- certainly be nice for the Warriors. And Monta is deserving to pad their -- there's a lot of competition for. He's deserve it. And I appointed the fact that I set was Larry Bird a few minutes the other night before the game. And he told me said he never seen a player like Monta Ellis and we need to -- that phrase a little bit. In that he was talking about Durbin allowed a two guards there's -- that's been Monta size that he can recall that does all the things that Monta does. And he certainly having an all star year I'm glad that he's getting some notoriety of it. I want more notoriety foreign it would be helpful to our team and will be wonderful accolade for Monta Ellis. Larry this is -- market in you got Monta and and stuff now I've been playing with each other about a year and a half. But you still comfortable with these two in the backcourt together long term. Or maybe you look around and say bases that we maybe move one of these guys. To get a bigger us a small border. Are you looking around and are you happy with this long term. I can play this lineup long term. And I'm happy with Monta Ellis of course happy was Jeff curry. -- at dynamic backcourt. I think the league this change just a little bit in terms of having to have that prototype point guard and in the bigger -- it goes with it. That we see a lot of teams that are actually playing a little bit smaller I still go back to the point that it's important to have enough size behind them defensively. In order to be able to take care thanks because we did get mismatch once and awhile to to guard. And that's going to be a part of it that -- that comes to the other team is they can't guard them on the other end of the floor. So those guys can play together. I am not having any problems with that at all. And I think they provide a wonderful amount of entertainment but more importantly they're helping us start this winning process. All right Larry Riley the Warriors general manager joining us live on chronicle live we appreciate your time this -- enjoyed tonight's game. With the Sacramento Kings.