Warriors director of scouting Larry Riley, the ex-general manager who drafted Stephen Curry and traded for Andrew Bogut, told The Chadron Record he’s unsure what the future holds for him in the organization.
“Maybe this would be a good time to step away from it all,” Riley told the paper last week. “I’ll see how I feel about it in a few weeks and what the owners and the current general manager say. Seeing how things went this year has been made me feel good about the whole situation.”
The 70-year-old Riley told the Palladium-Item last week: “I’ve always enjoyed what I’ve been doing. That’s one thing, as long as you enjoy it, it’s a little more difficult to walk away from it.”
Riley told CBS Sports Radio last week that the Warriors winning the championship left him “quite fulfilled” and that he was grateful he was able to remain with the team after Bob Myers replaced him as general manager in 2012.
“It was disappointing that I didn’t get to finish the job in the front chair,” Riley told the station. “But at the same time, if that was going to be best for the organization and that’s what new ownership wanted to do, I was simply in a position where I either accept a new position, stay in the organization and have a chance to contribute, or I move on. And the fact is that most times when there’s new ownership, everybody gets thrown out the door anyway. And so, in some respects, I was a little bit grateful. And the way they put it to me was pretty good.”
“What Joe Lacob, our primary new owner said to me was, ‘Look, we’ve drafted well, we’ve done some good things. We simply want our own people.’”
Among Riley’s draft picks were future All-Stars in Curry and Klay Thompson. Curry recognized Riley in his MVP speech last month, and the Warriors went on to win their first NBA championship in 40 years.
Riley told the station working in the team’s front office “has been quite cohesive and surprisingly so.”
“I don’t feel slighted,” Riley added. “I do realize that there’s some recognition coming (my) way.”