6.29: Chronicle Live -- Larry Riley
Riley joins Barry Tompkins to reflect on the Warriors' draft picks and where the organization goes next.
That brings us to -- chronicle conversation with where general manager Larry Riley and Larry let let's address -- -- -- first of all I know He was He was the the guide usual or the dad and everybody is talking about and the general school of thought was if He got by Milwaukee that you guys we're -- -- and so. I suspected there was unanimity in -- in that war room. They're really wise it was unanimous for several weeks actually -- and it's one of those things where from time to time. You have to make it difficult choice at then number that your picking in our case it was eleven. This time his talent outweighed drafting for position and it wasn't close and we usually go for talent rather than drafting by position. We feel he's going to be an outstanding player in the league I don't know how soon. But we feel like he's really got a chance to be a good player -- Johnson -- guys -- -- obviously for the last three years beginning as a freshman and you know retirement -- a while ago. Pretty much a spot up shooter is freshman. Then as as a sophomore. A very good shooter very good score but -- a -- sometimes disappear in big games last year became complete player. That really helped him and your analysis is the same thing that are scouts on the same thing that I saw. As a freshman He looked like a prospect and there was no doubt about that looked like a good player looked like He should become. A player can get to the NBA. We did see as you say that second years sometimes He would face a little bit and maybe you know He was in the game. He put it altogether pretty much this last season. And we feel like that he's got the ability to concentrate. And is going to be a player who's going to be able to locked down. There as far as learning -- of learning curve that goes with this. I think you get there. He'll get to be a better defender and we'd like your chances serve to really help the Warriors basketball and of course she was born in the -- -- -- -- pretty good player himself so yeah He started very young age. I think there's a huge huge thing in this draft to and the fact that. Every talked about the decision on the worst drafts in the long long time. But that said once you got by those first two guys there's anyone about fifteen or twenty guys. That ultimately might be the player that could have won two -- three. That's probably going to have. That seems like we all look at graphs and after two years. You look at and say gee whiz out of this happens it happens every year last year was Landry Fields for example. Ends up in the second round and people say how out of that occur so there Reese employers who may have been taken anywhere from Fordham 24. Who were going to surface and make a contribution much bigger than what people expected and of course second round picks do that from time to. You know I think there's a comparison -- -- between -- fields and clay Thompson. It that He made a quantum leap between his junior and senior years much as good times and in between yourself and juniors. I saw some of the same things and and ankle injuries probably. A little bit more of -- three without question is forced position. But when you're playing two or three there's not a lot that separates those two positions you'd like your three to rebound a little bit more. And He probably has to be able to defend somebody who's a little bit bigger. But in general twos and threes are a lot of like Landry is a lot like. Clay Thompson and and vice Versa. That's good about the other two guys that that will now be with the Warriors when -- was guy you didn't draft but you invested some money and I find this got to be a very fascinating story and we don't really know and I'm sure you don't really know which way this story's gonna go but tell us about your -- time. Well first off it's a tribute to ownership that they would go out and invest kind of money it would take to be able to get new position. To acquire Germany timer and that was one of the things that -- could talk to me about early on before this draft got going. It was obvious that we would try to get somebody. That we get bad rather than just normally taking the pick that we had eleven and 44 so that commit -- was made. We saw Jeremy work out in loss they have Los Angeles probably two weeks ago. And were very impressed. There are those questions that are around him so what's his commitment going to be is He going to be -- strong player that we think He can be. Weeks we have stepped up and made a commitment to him there's no doubt about it and we want that to work and we'll do whatever takes over the next two years to try to get him ready apart. Obviously we think there's a good chance that he'll do that -- we wouldn't have made that investment potential there's a lot to be determined get around them on the course you can't coach is 611 to 75 woods again. Exactly. And I had promised are friends for years -- we were searching. To try to find somebody with some size well we got one and it's going to take couple years to see how that pans out. But we've taken that leap of faith and we put something behind it. -- -- this talk about his maturity of this guy and He is very immature but you know. Look at what your other guys guys and I'm assuming is going to be here and Monta Ellis see two very immature and just in the last year. He showed little bit of that maturity he's a guy that probably helped him into He very likely -- and Monta has grown immensely. Particularly over the last year and a half even. And I'm really anxious to see what kind of influence Monta can have on the rest of the team but particularly with the rookies. If they just watch what He does and see what they can accomplish in game time. He's so pretty special player. And I'll ask you about the third guy or -- before we move on other things again and Charlie Jenkins He played in -- colonial athletic association of people say loud Terrmel -- I think there's -- common -- and -- four teams in the last they didn't it. Something like that it was a pretty tough conference and and this -- and player of the year in a conference. And the player of the year in New York three times in a row that doesn't happen by accident. It does not there's a lot of population in New York -- like California. And you've got to be a pretty good player to get those kind of accolades and I really felt that there were some things about it but we're particularly attractive he's long enough. That if He can be a true point guard and our league he's got good size for that position He shoots the ball well. He can get into the middle He can make -- play. And that there's work to be done there too but there -- a lot of players who were picked in the second round that make this league. And we had pretty good. You know -- -- -- and Speedy Claxton for example speed he's one of our scouts and speedy so I'm quite quite a bit. And -- was around him a great deal -- Charles Jenkins is a player who has an opportunity to make it. Wasn't picked real high but when nerves that make he's now been picked he's been drafted. And it's what happens from now on that really counts and in this draft there were people who said. He should have been somewhere in the bottom of the first round so. Who knows united got a stealer and is gonna talk to limit of how the games He -- him but He talks about the Warriors got a good -- the Warriors had to have a big but. I think a big is little different now than we might have been talking about 56 years ago it's not throw the ball into the post live the double team pass out. The biggest change in the world's biggest change you really dance there aren't many post up players in the game like they're used to be the used to be a large number of them. And now there are few -- and when you've got a player who can post up -- really does help you can play off the post is what people generally say. I'd like to get one of those guys but the game has changed in that regard. We would like to get that hides behind our guards from the standpoint of defense protecting the rim and rebounding. And if we can get something out of them offensively to be greatly helpful. What do we do we're gonna try to go for the whole ball blacks get somebody you can post up -- can block shots and who can defend. And do everything that is I mean that's got the past yeah there is easy. Yeah offense is there anybody Larry on this team. Who would fall into that untouchable category that will not or cannot be moved -- very likely that we keep our team intact and I don't see moving. Monta Ellis or stuff courier David Lee and frankly I don't see moving to row right. Are are they untouchable no because for the right deal everybody could be traded. I don't see that happening and were particularly happy with use we have been after you go. And Reggie Williams is also young player so. I don't see great changes I'd like to add to this team that's what we would like to do when the opportunity presents itself to -- a very good -- in a very tough divisional by the way and I must ask the inevitable and and I know the answer to this -- thrown out there. Tomorrow is kind of a drop dead day in terms of a lockout where does everything stand right. Well past I think you can read the media the reports are probably somewhat accurate. I can't comment on it we've been cautioned that that's something to stay away from and frankly I don't know enough to comment and throw something out there that. That I'd be comfortable with so I'm just hopeful that something gets resolved that we have a good season this next year.