Myers: "Our patience paid off'
Warriors GM Bob Myers says that the front office team was 'elated' that Harrison Barnes was still on the board at pick No. 7
Started off with Bob Myers in that. As aggressive as the Warriors always talk about being in as energetic and they want to do something. You can -- patients in this draft might have paid off the best. While -- Bob thanks I'll steal a line from one of our owners Peters over who has a much more eloquent speaker than myself but he -- them. You wanna be impatience but not imprudent. And I think that was the -- we applied to this draft where we targeted. These three players. And Adam. We did not conceded they repeatedly -- -- we were hopeful hopeful. And it happens and I think our patience did pay off but I'll tell you that. As a front office organization all the way to Cilic of our owner we're thrilled and it was as a team effort we have. Had a lot of conversations about what was the right thing to do this organization. And down. We just feel great we're elated and we think these three gentlemen are gonna help us win when games which is what matters in the end I mean we wanna win. And we just added three people there and help us do that. Bob quote a little story and each of these guys I know that with -- you -- -- -- your it is. To get guys on him and beat him and -- -- he showed up and assume that he wanted to work out he would change quickly into shorts and the whole bit but. All the scenarios the prognostications. -- to think of this kind of talent being there at the seventh pick. Tells little bit about why you go to New York a couple of his for the draft just to check him out. When he's gonna he's gonna pay for that red eye flight because we invited him. Here in he he's gonna pay our owner is gonna pay me. That for those hours of sleep we lost to go see Harris and it was well worth the trip. But I think in his own mind he would admit as what we we didn't think he's going to be there -- -- so when he said. From -- decline coming into work out it was understandable because that. He was projected anywhere from two. To five in the draft so we I'm we I think what we're trying to do with his organization Bob is develop -- work ethic that permeates all the way from ownership. All the way down to two the lowest employee and so when you see the owner of a team. Get on a red eye flight to just cover our bases for a player that we didn't think it was going to be there is shows that we're working hard we're doing our homework. And he easily could have not been there when we picked. But we did anyway in the hope that he would be so I mean I think. Well worth it he showed up is obviously an impressive young man this is everybody will learn so we're thrilled and then this guy over here. We get to interview each we we get to interview a lot of potential draftees in Chicago at the combine. And I'll tell you that after five or ten minutes with Estes. You're gonna walk away impressed we feel like in this draft like any. Type of employment we hired three great people that are very skilled their profession but are also great character people. I cannot. Tell you I I put these three up against any three. In the entire draft as far as who they are what they stand for and fastest. All that he's gone through all he's accomplished. And academically. Athletically it's. It's bar none so we're thrilled and -- on look at his resume he went to one of the top colleges in the country and only it was produce and win. Standing next to me sitting next to me here are three guys that win. That's who we need to do winning and not my -- in our groups of pain is a skill. These players all have that skill it's a skill we need -- Thrilled. I hope they are departed in working. Most players are represented some players and I was an agent. They wouldn't go on the basketball court unless they had do well we we got some guys here that love playing basketball and that's fantastic -- -- a question here in terms of you was your first draft. And you've got Jerry West area of Larry Riley Travis slicker -- Joseph -- of Mark Jackson. How did you keep that roomed together you get some Smart people who all have opinions on how well that worked out but alpha males in the room in that room. That's the beauty of it that's the fun of it it's. It's it was an opinion needed room. But again I've answered this question a few times is always be respectful to each other which we all were. And agree in the end. -- to build a consensus and stick with it that everything works out fine but I'll tell you the days leading up to it. Healthy debate is the best we know describe the but. When the seventh pick -- No doubt. On the same page -- the thirtieth pick came on the same page on the 35 pick came it was very clear who our players were so and again. We have a great group of people and down I'm thrilled to be working with people that we we've employed and now I'm actually blessed to be with them and we actually have an owner. I joke around with so. Hit pretty good talent and later -- -- -- sometimes owners obviously they on the team can do what they want. We're like do we have one that knows basketball and that it -- he didn't pick it really goes sideways but that. They -- he does and how we're we're we're just thrilled and down we think it worked out great and and that as you hear these three gentlemen speak. For the parents that are here and what a wonderful job. You've done with your with your sons and I am. What I'm working in this business we come in contact with a lot of rookies lot of players just entering the NBA. -- cannot tell you enough. How wonderful people these these 33 guys are unbelievable job.