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."
OAKLAND -- Though much has been said about the agonies and challenges facing Steve Kerr, including speculation about when, or if, he’ll return as head coach of the Warriors, little has been put into words that capture the significance of his absence.
This is perhaps because it can be difficult to explain how one man is able to influence a roster of supremely talented athletes, at the wealthiest point of life, with wildly divergent personalities, at different career stages.
Veteran guard Shaun Livingston, a man who knows perspective as well as anyone in the NBA, took a moment Saturday to cut through the palaver and pity to offer a clear and vivid illustration of Kerr’s value as a man and as a coach.
“It’s just his presence, his personality,” Livingston began. “His character, the way he fits in with us. He’s kind of the battery pack, in the sense that he makes everybody go. He keeps us all (in harmony), everybody from staff, training staff, coaching staff to the players.
“He bridges the gaps, in the sense of communication, and he makes it light.”
In short, Kerr’s value to the franchise is far greater than his duties as a coach. He has an easy, breezy charisma insofar as he’s so comfortable submerging his own ego while being remarkably good at making everyone matter.
Moreover, Kerr is decidedly inclusive, explicitly emphatically open to ideas. He’s an outreach specialist whose sensibilities are contagious.
All of which helps create a sprightly and genial workplace, something the Warriors sought when they hired Kerr to replace the swaggering and dogmatic Mark Jackson in May 2014.
“Every day it’s something new, in a sense, and that’s hard to do,” Livingston said. “We’re here for six to nine months for the past couple years, seeing the same faces. So it is kind of like a job. But (Kerr) makes it more like a game and tries to make sure we’re enjoying ourselves out there.”
Kerr wants to live his life and coach basketball around four basic tenets: joy, mindfulness, compassion and competition. Maintaining a balance of the four can be difficult, especially when Kerr is dealing with the searing pain that has him on the sideline for an indefinite period.
But Kerr never strays far. His players seem to see and, more important, feel that.
Draymond Green and Kerr, each volatile in his own way, don’t always see eye-to-eye. Yet Green on several occasions has noted that Kerr “always seems to find the right thing to say, at the right time.”
Veteran David West points out that anyone who spends any time around Kerr can sense his basic humanity. Veteran Andre Iguodala, one of the team’s co-captains, speaks of Kerr’s curiosity and desire to broaden his horizons.
Stephen Curry, the other co-captain, kept the ball from the Warriors’ Game 4 win over Portland last Monday night, punctuating a series sweep, and gave it to Kerr, who missed Games 3 and 4 while coping with this prolonged post-surgery pain.
Lead assistant Mike Brown, the acting head coach in Kerr’s absence, concedes he has benefited from being around Kerr and this team.
“The tone he sets is the best I’ve been around,” said Brown, who has been involved in the NBA since 1992. “This is a special, special situation, and he’s big reason why.”
So it’s not just Livingston who throwing rose petals at the boss. He just happened to convey in a few words the effect Kerr has on the team and within the building.
“He’s our leader,” Livingston said. “He’s somebody that we count on.”
OAKLAND -- One day after every member of the Warriors participated in a full scrimmage, the official health updates were released.
Veteran forward Matt Barnes, out since April 8, is listed as probable for Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals that begin Tuesday at Oracle Arena.
Veteran guard Shaun Livingston, out since sustaining a finger/hand injury in Game 1 of the first-round series against Portland on April 16, is listed as questionable -- but with an asterisk.
“Hopefully, we’ll be ready for Tuesday,” Livingston said after a light workout Saturday.
Livingston informed NBCSportsBayArea.com earlier this week that he would have been available, hypothetically, if the Warriors were facing a Game 7.
As for Kevin Durant, who missed five weeks with a knee injury before returning April 8, only to sustain a calf strain in Game 1 against the Trail Blazers, he’s fully available.