Warriors to extend Riley's deal, hire assistant GM


Warriors to extend Riley's deal, hire assistant GM


OAKLAND -- Warriors owner Joe Lacob is poised to make his first significant moves of the offseason.According to various sources, Lacob will extend general manager Larry Riley's contract and also hire agent Bob Myers to be the Warriors' assistant general manager.Those announcements are likely to come later this week. The San Jose Mercury News first reported that Myers would be hired.Riley became the Warriors general manager in May 2009, under previous owner Chris Cohan. Lacob picked up Riley's 2011-12 team option and also added at least one additional year to the deal.
Myers comes to the Warriors from the Wasserman Media Group, where he worked alongside super-agent Arn Tellem. Myers was at Golden State's season-finale at Oracle Arena on Wednesday, watching the game with Riley in an upstairs suite.Bob has a very good feel for the game with a lot of NBA experience, Portland general manager Rich Cho said. Coming from the agent side and going to the front office side should bode very well for him.
Myers, 36, represents, among others, Warriors forward Dorell Wright, Clippers center DeAndre Jordan, Blazers guard Brandon Roy, Kings guuard Tyreke Evans and Nets center Brook Lopez.Tellem has referred to Myers as his "right-hand man."Myers played at UCLA in the mid-1990s and later earned a law degree from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. He is expected to be the Warriors' point man for salary cap issues and negotiating contracts, and he will be under Riley.Riley was hired as an assistant coach to Don Nelson in September 2006, then during the organization's fallout with general manager Chris Mullin, was promoted to assistant GM in November 2008.Riley eventually took over for Mullin on May 11, 2009, after Mullin was not retained.On Riley's watch, the Warriors selected Stephen Curry with the No. 7 pick in the 2009 draft and Ekpe Udoh with the No. 6 pick in the 2010 draft. Riley also was responsible for acquiring David Lee for 80 million in a sign-and-trade with the New York Knicks last offseason.Also, Riley traded Corey Maggette to the Milwaukee Bucks for Dan Gadzuric and Charlie Bell last summer, and signed Wright as a free agent to a three-year contract.Since taking over as owner of the Warriors in mid-November, Lacob has spoken positively of Riley. Conventional wisdom had suggested that the low-key Riley is a nice complement to the outspoken and involved Lacob.Warriors' co-owner Peter Guber, who has been a member of the UCLA faculty for more than 30 years, replied: "No comment," when asked if Myers was coming on board.

David West is coming up big for the Warriors

David West is coming up big for the Warriors

OAKLAND -- David West is as much a cleanup man as he is a basketball player.

The veteran power forward, masquerading as a center for the Warriors, cleans up behind teammates, cleans the clocks of opponents and probably cleans his plate after every meal. And he’d hit fourth in any manager’s batting order.

The Warriors during their renaissance haven’t had such a personality. They’ve been a fun bunch, enjoying life, each other and their pillaging of the NBA.

West, 36, brings a more laconic dynamic, and it’s on full display as the Warriors lean into the final weeks of this regular season. He’s a leader who is producing and, more and more, winning over a fan base that was somewhat skeptical early this season.

“David West has been playing brilliantly,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said Friday night, after West came off the bench for a highly efficient 14-minute stint in a 114-100 win over the Kings.

Showcasing sharp passing, splendid shooting, solid rim protection and his usual old-jerky toughness, West totaled 8 points, four assists, three rebounds, three blocks and one steal. The Warriors were plus-8 when he was on the floor.

Such production, it seems, is a bit of a bonus.

“He’s been very good for us as a veteran leader,” Draymond Green said. “He’s been playing well, but just his presence also has meant a lot to this team.

“D-West is just kind of a no-bull---- type of a guy. He doesn’t say much. But when he does, you know it means a lot. And everybody hears him.”

Said West: “It’s just about adjusting and learning personalities. Obviously, this group has been very successful. I just try to add my 2 cents where I feel like it fits. Try not to over-talk people. I speak to guys directly and just make sure that we’re all on the same page.”

West is in his 14th season. Drafted by the New Orleans Hornets in 2003, he also has played for the Pacers and, last season, the Spurs, before joining the Warriors in July.

The question at the time was whether he still had a lot to give. West is a two-time All-Star and one of the most widely respected players in the league. But did he still have the legs to compete at a high level?

The answer is visible, particularly over the past month, since he returned from fractured left thumb on Feb. 23. West is shooting 53.0 percent from the field, he’s rebounding consistently and he has proven to be a spectacularly good passer -- easily one of the best in the league among big men.

Earlier this week, to quell any lingering concerns about how much athleticism he still has, West rose up and dunked over a crowd of three Dallas Mavericks. It was clock-cleaning at its finest.

“I’m just getting more comfortable,” West said, referring to his game and his locker-room influence. “We’ve developed good chemistry, communicating, harping on our defense more than anything else at this moment, because we feel that’s going to give us a chance if shots aren’t falling.”

West is on a one-year deal for the veteran’s minimum, $1.55 million. He sacrificed bigger dollars for a chance at his first championship. He’s doing his part. And he neither takes nor leaves any mess.

Warriors set franchise record, match 1985-86 Showtime Lakers

Warriors set franchise record, match 1985-86 Showtime Lakers


For the 44th time in the 2016-17 season, the Warriors dished out 30-plus assists in one game. Not only does that set a franchise record, Golden State is also the first to do so since one of the greatest teams in NBA history. 

On a Steph Curry heave down the court that resulted in an Andre Iguodala running reverse dunk with 38 seconds left in the third quarter, the Warriors made history with their 31st assist of the game. The nifty assist made the Warriors the first team since the 1985-86 Showtime Lakers to hand out more than 30 assists 44 times in one season.

Last season, when the Warriors set an NBA record record with 73 wins, the team finished 43 games with the feat.

The '85-86 Lakers were looking to repeat as NBA champions 31 years ago but came up short in five games to Hakeem Olajuwon and the Houston Rockets in the Western Conference Finals. 

Golden State finsihed Friday night with 37 assists in a 114-100 win over the Kings. Curry led the way with 12 dimes.