Warriors have lots of voices, but are they united?

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Warriors have lots of voices, but are they united?

Warriors owner Joe Lacob has made a lot of front office and coaching moves in the past few months. Taken one by one, Lacob has seemingly assembled a pretty impressive team and certainly a very large one at that.

The big question, however, is whether this team of more than a half-dozen men is capable of turning around the Golden State Warriors, who have missed the playoffs in 16 of the past 17 seasons?

Most important, do the Warriors decision-makers have the ability to work together? They have an abundance of voices, but do they have focus? Heres the real question: Is this group a hodgepodge of talent or a team put together with chemistry in mind?

Lets take a look:

Joe Lacob: He is the owner, he is interested and he is very much involved in all decisions regarding basketball and basketball personnel. No trade will be made, no player will be drafted and no player will be acquired via free agency unless Lacob signs off on it.

Jerry West: Everyone agrees that his voice is and should be the most respected one in the room. There is certain to be deference shown to West, who has been brought in as an executive board member. We already know West liked Klay Thompson before the June draft, and sure enough, the Warriors selected Thompson with the No. 11 pick.

By the same token, it will not be West working the phones, creating deals or inquiring about players. West will surely be brought in at the end of the process when the franchise believes it has a decision to make.

Larry Riley: Technically, Riley, the teams general managerexecutive vice president of basketball operations is above Bob Myers on the organizational flow chart, and yet it is generally acknowledged that Myers, the assistant GM, has more power and will eventually become the GM.

Riley is still going to be the one in front of the cameras, explaining the Warriors trades, signings, etc., but its tough to imagine hell be the decision-maker he was a year ago.

Bob Myers: There are agents out there who know the game of basketball and there are agents out there who dont know as much. Instead, they see the game more through their clients eyes which often distorts the view.

We have no idea what kind of basketball mind Myers has whether hes creative, whether he understands and values chemistry, whether hes got a specific idea of how to build a team.

By virtually every account, he was a respected agent, forthright and competent. But thats a very different skill set than the one hell need now as the teams assistant general managervice president of basketball operations.

Travis Schlenk: After the transition from Chris Cohan to Lacob, Schlenk came away with a promotion and extension. Hes the teams assistant general managerdirector of player personnel.

Last season, he traveled and saw more college and international games than anyone else in the organization. Riley has openly credited Schlenk with the Dorell Wright signing, which brought in a very competent player at a very reasonable salary.

Riley was said to have leaned on Schlenk quite a bit in the past season or two. Riley still may in fact be doing that, but does it matter? Despite Schlenks promotion, he probably has less decision-making power than he did a year ago.

Kirk Lacob: Conventional wisdom is that Kirk Lacob, the director of basketball operations and son of Joe Lacob, will eventually run the Golden State Warriors. And so he is absolutely in on everything of significance when it comes to basketball operations.

He also was recently named the general manager of the Dakota Wizards the Warriors D-League team which will give us our first clue as to what hell do in terms of assembling a basketball roster, etc. Kirk is very much like his father in that he wants to know anything and everything thats out there in terms of trades. Kirk certainly doesnt have the kind of clout that his dad or Jerry West has. But its not like hes walking around the office without a point of view.

Mark Jackson: Most of the time a coach shouldn't be on this list. But the sheer force of Jackson's personality is going to make him a factor. Not to mention, on the day he was hired, Jackson said he expected to be involved in personnel decisions. And Jackson, more than anyone else, seemed to quell the talk of Monta Ellis being traded. Point is, don't forget about Jackson.

Rockets GM: Chris Paul trade 'gives us a real shot' vs NBA juggernauts

Rockets GM: Chris Paul trade 'gives us a real shot' vs NBA juggernauts

The NBA took a massive power shift Wednesday with the Clippers trading point guard Chris Paul to the Rockets for seven players, a 2018 first-round pick (protected Nos. 1-3) and $661,000. 

Houston GM Daryl Morey is going all in on a mission to compete with the Warriors and he believes the Rockets are now there with the pairing of Paul and MVP runner-up James Harden. 

"You know, it's a guards-based league. It's a weapons race in the NBA and you're either in the weapons race or on the sidelines," Morey said at the team's press conference, as captured by Mark Berman of Houston's FOX 26. "With James Harden in his prime and Chris Paul in his prime, this gives us a real shot to chase the juggernaut teams in this league." 

Paul, who turned 32 in May, is a nine-time All-Star. He spent his last six seasons with the Clippers and averaged 18.1 points, 9.2 assists and 5.0 rebounds per game during the 2016-17 season in 61 games played. 

This past season, Harden became a primary point guard for the first time under Mike D'Antoni's fast-paced offense and the bearded lefty excelled in his new position. Harden led the NBA with 11.2 assists per game while putting up 29.1 points per game. 

Houston received guards Patrick Beverley and Lou Williams, forwards Sam Dekker and Montrezl Harrell, plus the non-guaranteed deals of DeAndre Liggins, Darrun Hilliard and Kyle Wiltjer from Los Angeles. 

The Rockets went 55-27 last season, four games ahead of the Clippers, but were eliminated in the second round of the playoffs to the Spurs. 

GM Bob Myers reiterates Warriors' stance on signing Steph Curry long term

GM Bob Myers reiterates Warriors' stance on signing Steph Curry long term

DANVILLE -- Everything the Warriors have said and done, as well as everything Stephen Curry has said, indicates there is no chance of a divorce, even though Curry becomes an unrestricted free agent at 12:01 a.m. Saturday morning.

Curry has pointed out numerous times that he plans to sign with the Warriors, implying that it would be pointless for other teams to pursue him on the open market.

And on Wednesday afternoon, Warriors president and general manager Bob Myers reiterated the team’s stance regarding the two-time MVP by expressing Curry would be a top priority.

“He’s got to be,” Myers said at Monte Vista High School, where he and Warriors forward Draymond Green was subjects of a news conference/pep rally in the wake of Myers being named Executive of the Year and Green being named Defensive Player of the Year.

Myers was careful not to slight other players the Warriors expect to re-sign, such as Kevin Durant, and those the team hopes to retain, notably Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston.

“Actually, we’ve got a lot of priorities,” Myers said. “But, certainly, touching all of them and making sure we do our job and make sure they know we want them is important,” Myers said. “But he knows how we feel. I think he’s happy. But he’s a huge priority.”

The Warriors are allowed to pay Curry about $200 million over the next five seasons, and CEO Joe Lacob has said he’s ready to do whatever it takes.