Myers has one mandate for Mark Jackson


Myers has one mandate for Mark Jackson

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.

For Draymond Green, protests can't be short-lived: 'We're screwed' if they end soon

For Draymond Green, protests can't be short-lived: 'We're screwed' if they end soon

OAKLAND -- Easing into a seat for an interview a half hour after the Warriors finished practice Monday, Draymond Green responded to the first six questions at decibels barely above a whisper.

There was candor on basketball matters, because there always is with Green, but the power forward’s tone was relatively relaxed.

Not until the next several questions, all related to America’s polarizing sociopolitical climate, did Green’s heart and mind lock into rhythm. Asked if he believes the current wave of protests against inequality will go away soon, his voice picked up volume and conviction.

“I hope not,” Green said. “If it goes away, then we still have a problem. So I hope it’s not going away in a few weeks. Then we’ve missed the message again.

“So, no, I don’t think it’ll be gone away in a few weeks. And I pray that it’s not, because it’s not a problem that can be fixed in a few weeks. So, no, it shouldn’t be gone in a few weeks.”

Green acknowledged that he did not see the demonstrations that were spread across the NFL landscape on Sunday. He was, he said, out shopping and enjoying the day with his children.

He was aware that some teams stayed in the locker room during the anthem, that others knelt on the sidelines and that some linked arms. Being aware was not enough for Green to feel comfortable addressing that aspect.

But he’s very familiar with the subject matter.

“You just have to stand for what you believe in,” Green said during an answer than lasted more than two full minutes. “What everyone else may believe in, you may not believe in.”

Articulating the difference between the life of the athlete and that of a soldier, Green explaining that he has the “utmost respect” for those in the military.

“I just hope that there can be an understanding that this isn’t against the military,” he said. “It’s not to disrespect anything they do. Because I think everyone respects what they do . . . I appreciate everything they do.”

It was evident, however, that Green is on the same page as those pushing for the progress that would make America great, allowing the country to live up to its pledges stated in the constitution and elsewhere.

That’s why he hopes this activism is not a trend but a movement.

“I’m not saying kneeling shouldn’t be gone,” Green said. “But this conversation, trying to make these changes, absolutely not. If it’s gone in a few weeks, we’re screwed.”

Kawhi Leonard asked about NBA's new 'Zaza Pachulia rule'


Kawhi Leonard asked about NBA's new 'Zaza Pachulia rule'

Do you remember Game 1 of the 2017 Western Conference Finals?

A refresher: The Spurs led by 21 with about eight minutes remaining in the third quarter and Zaza Pachulia fouled Kawhi Leonard on a jump shot.

Leonard landed on Pachulia's foot, rolled his ankle (for the second time in a matter of minutes) and did not play again during the series (Leonard made both free throws and then left the game for good). 

At media day on Monday, Leonard was asked about the NBA's new rule for the 2017-18 season.

"Think it's good to protect the player from getting hurt," Leonard told reporters. "I think it's a good rule just for the defender to be cautious."

Months later, does Leonard believe Pachulia's play was dirty?

"It's over with now. Would just rather talk about the new season. If it was dirty, or if it wasn't, it's not gonna help anything right now."

What new rule?

As the Associated Press' Brian Mahoney wrote last week:

"NBA referees will be able to call flagrant or technical fouls on defenders who dangerously close on jump shooters without allowing them space to land, as Zaza Pachulia did on the play that injured Spurs star Kawhi Leonard in last season’s playoffs.

After calling a foul, officials will now be able to look at replay to determine if the defender recklessly positioned his foot in an unnatural way, which could trigger an upgrade to a flagrant, or a technical if there was no contact but an apparent attempt to injure."

When many in the basketball world called Pachulia's play dirty, the Warriors big man said: "That's really stupid."

The Warriors and Spurs meet for the first time this season on Nov. 2 in San Antonio.

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller