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Rick Welts new W's President, COO

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Rick Welts new W's President, COO

PROGRAMMING ALERT: Tune to Comcast SportsNet Bay Area and CSNBayArea.com to watch the Warriors' live press conference, introducing Rick Welts as President and CEO.

Rick Welts, who spent the last two seasons as the President and CEO for the Phoenix Suns, has been named the Warriors' President and Chief Operating Officer, the team announced Monday evening.

Welts was with Phoenix for nine seasons, where he was apart of five 50-plus win teams, three of which advanced to the Western Conference Finals.

Prior to Phoenix, Welts spent 17 years as a high-ranking official at the NBA league office in New York.

Peter Guber and I have made it quite clear since we assumed control of this team in November that were looking to build a world class organization from top to bottom, said Warriors owner Joe Lacob.

We feel that weve taken a quantum leap in that direction today with the addition of Rick Welts as our President and COO. Rick is simply one of the most highly-regarded executives in the NBA and his accomplishments at both the team and league levels are extremely impressive. Hes been an integral part of every organization that hes worked for in the NBA, including the league office in New York, where he earned the respect and admiration of David Stern, as well as with the Super Sonics in Seattle and the Suns in Phoenix.

His track record in all facets of the business sponsorship, marketing, public relations, event management, team services, merchandising and his ability to be strategically creative and cutting-edge make him the ideal candidate to lead our organization. Quite honestly, Im convinced that we could not have found a better candidate for the job.

Welts also served as Director of Public Relations for the Sonics when the team made back-to-back NBA Finals appearances, falling to the Washington Bullets in 1978 and winning the rematch in 1979.

In May of this year, Welt's became the highest ranking executive in men's team sports to announce he is gay.

The Warriors will formally introduce Welts at a press conference on Tuesday at 11:00 a.m.

New Clippers advisor Jerry West: 'I did not want to leave' Warriors

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New Clippers advisor Jerry West: 'I did not want to leave' Warriors

After six years as an Executive Board member for the Warriors, Jerry West unexpectedly departed in June. He took an advisory role with the division rival Clippers.

It was a curious move for the 79-year-old. Leave the defending champs for a team in turmoil?

On Monday, the former Lakers legend and Hall of Famer talked about his move south an interview with The Athletic's Tim Kawakami.

"Frankly it was very sad, OK? It really was. A place where I thought that if I was going to work another year or if somebody wanted me to work another year, I thought I could contribute; I did not want to leave. I did not want to leave. I was very happy there.

But those things happen sometimes. Obviously to be around a bunch of players that were as together as any I’ve seen and I think more importantly the talent that was on that team and to see the joy. There’s a lot of joy there. I think those are the kind of environments where people really prosper."

West then explains why he's not with the Warriors anymore.

"It was time for me to leave. I’m in Los Angeles again. For me, I’ll have a chance to go in the office a little bit and watch some of the people that have been hired, to watch our coaches coach. I’ve often said I’ve done some crazy things in my life because of the timing and maybe the timing was right."

West won one NBA title as a player and has eight as an executive, including two with the Warriors.

The Clippers, along with West, get their first look at the defending champion Warriors on Monday, Oct. 30 in Los Angeles.

Steve Kerr: 'The most impressive thing with our guys...'

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Steve Kerr: 'The most impressive thing with our guys...'

It's been a pretty good run for the Warriors over the last three seasons:

- 2014-15 = 67-15, NBA champions
- 2015-16 = 73-9, NBA runner-up
- 2016-17 = 67-15, NBA champions

And Steve Kerr is on record saying that his team will be even better in 2017-18.

The Warriors' head coach recently sat down with Scott Ostler of The San Francisco Chronicle and explained why he isn't concerned about the upcoming campaign.

“Ultimately, we’re in a great spot. Our guys are happy, they’re doing their thing. There’s no need for much drama. The most impressive thing with our guys is, people talk about Pat Riley’s book and what he calls ‘the disease of me,’ where you win a championship and all of a sudden, everyone wants a bigger role, more money, whatever.

“I think that is sort of human nature, to want more. But our guys I think, have a genuine awareness that they’re getting all that through winning. More is coming their way individually as a result of the team’s success.

"It takes a really mature perspective to feel that way.”

Nothing exemplifies Kerr's thoughts more than Kevin Durant's financial sacrifice.

[REWIND: Myers: 'Unequivocally' there is no Iguodala or Livingston without Durant]

He could have earned about $34.7 million yet agreed to a $25 million salary for next season to help the Warriors retain Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston.

Golden State replaced Ian Clark, James Michael McAdoo and Matt Barnes with Nick Young, Omri Casspi and Jordan Bell.

Otherwise, everybody else is back.

"We have a lot of momentum, and our guys have a comfort level, and obviously, we’re loaded with talent," Kerr told The Chronicle. "It’s fun to think about the season, think about where we can get better, players we can add. That’s what I spend a lot of my time down here doing, just thinking about what’s next for us.

“But I don’t worry at all about us being successful; I don’t worry about anybody’s ego getting in the way.”

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