Warriors notes: USA Basketball for Barnes, Thompson?

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Warriors notes: USA Basketball for Barnes, Thompson?
May 20, 2013, 7:30 pm
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"Hopefully both of those guys will be invited to do that." -- Bob Myers on Klay Thompson and Harrison Barnes playing for USA Basketball this summer (AP)

Warriors general manager Bob Myers and coach Mark Jackson held their season-ending press conferences Monday. Here are some of the major takeaways:

Darren Eman to coach Summer League team

Assistant coach Darren Erman will be the head coach of the Warriors Summer League team, according to Jackson. His assistant coaches will be Warriors head video coordinator Joe Boylan, and assistant coach for player development Kris Weems.

"This is an opportunity that Darren Erman and Joe Boylan and Kris Weems have earned and I'm looking forward to it," Jackson said.

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Pete Myers, who coached the Warriors last summer, will oversee things, while the rest of the Warriors staff will have varying roles.

USA Basketball for Barnes, Thompson?

Myers is hopeful Harrison Barnes will take part in USA Basketball this summer following his standout rookie year that culminated with him being named first-team All-Rookie. Klay Thompson, who participated last year, is likely to take part again.

"Hopefully both of those guys will be invited to do that, which is a great tool to go up against the rest of the league and play around great players," Myers said.

It is unlikely Barnes will take part in summer league games as the team is more focused on using them to develop the likes of Draymond Green, Festus Ezeli, Kent Bazemore and Ognjen Kuzmić, who the team drafted in the second round of the 2012 draft and remained in Europe.

Both Myers and Jackson said the Summer League will be important for them to evaluate Kuzmić.

'Big summer' for Bazemore

If Jack does not return next season, Bazemore, by default, becomes the most likely candidate to receive an increased role.

[RELATED: Myers unsure whether Jack, Landry will return next season]

"He's going to have an opportunity to play point guard for us in summer league and build on not just last summer, but also the season that he had this year," Jackson said. "He was a guy that just wasn't just a cheerleader, I had no problem putting in the ballgame."

Bazemore was primarily used in spot defensive situations, but also scored a potential game-winning bucket with seconds remaining in the second overtime period of Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals against San Antonio. It became less memorable seconds later when Manu Ginobili hit the game-winner.

"I think it's important for him to use this summer to really be a facilitator and to learn the point guard position inside and out, but the future is very bright for him," Jackson said. "Obviously, if we come back with Jarrett Jack again, Kent, at best, is our third point guard and he's going to be asked to stay ready and continue to develop."

Myers: Mike Malone deserves to be a head coach

Warriors top assistant coach Mike Malone's name is one that is always associated with vacant head coaching positions -- something that doesn't figure to change after the Warriors impressive turnaround.

Myers would not comment on potential requests from other teams looking to speak with Malone, but vouched for him as a potential head coach.

"I think he deserves to be a head coach," Myers said. "He did a great job for us this year."

Malone reportedly drew interest from Philadelphia, along with Brian Shaw, to replace Doug Collins, but the 76ers have since had a change at general manager.

"Those names weren't my names, but I won't throw them out out of hand," new 76ers general manager Sam Hinkie told the Philadelhia Inquirer. "That's just not the way I operate. I have a list of guys that I think are interesting. I'd like it to grow and I'd like to solicit the ideas of others."

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