0

Warriors’ Bob Myers ran into LeBron James in Hawaii while celebrating NBA championship

Golden State Warriors general manager Bob Myers smiles during a press conference introducing new head coach Steve Kerr at the Warriors' practice facility in downtown Oakland, Calif., on Tuesday, May 20, 2014. Kerr is currently a TNT commentator, was the general manager of the Phoenix Suns, and was a guard with the Chicago Bulls and San Antonio Spurs. He is one of two players to win two championships with two different teams in consecutive seasons. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group)

Golden State Warriors general manager Bob Myers smiles during a press conference introducing new head coach Steve Kerr at the Warriors’ practice facility in downtown Oakland, Calif., on Tuesday, May 20, 2014. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group)

Busy Warriors general manager Bob Myers had a brief moment to celebrate the team’s championship with a vacation to Hawaii with his family after the draft and free agency were done.

Out there, he encountered none other than LeBron James, the Cleveland Cavaliers star the Warriors had just gotten the best of in the NBA Finals, Myers told Bleacher Report Radio on Monday.

“I like to play basketball, and there was a halfcourt basketball hoop where we were, and my wife said, ‘Why don’t you go play basketball and find somebody to play basketball with?’” Myers said. “And I said there’s no one here that I’m going to be able to play basketball with. It’s people relaxing or golfing. And so I went and kind of shot around by myself and then I walked back to the pool area and my wife she looks at me and goes, ‘Is that LeBron James in the pool?’ And I said, ‘No, LeBron James…’ I looked over as I was midsentence, and it was LeBron James in the pool.

Myers, the reigning Executive of the Year, added with a laugh, “I said to my wife, I don’t think I’m going to ask LeBron to play basketball with me.”

James, of course, had fun on his Hawaiian vacation with family, too, and had no problem speaking with Myers.

“He was very nice,” Myers said. “He’s a very thoughtful guy.

“We just talked about the Finals…We just talked about our teams, and it was great.”

1

Warriors’ Bob Myers: ‘Not much of a reason’ to tinker with team now with trade

Golden State Warriors general manager Bob Myers celebrates with team employees after the team landed in Oakland, Calif., Wednesday, June 17, 2015. The Warriors beat the Cleveland Cavaliers to win their first NBA championship since 1975. (Aric Crabb/Bay Area News Group)

Golden State Warriors general manager Bob Myers celebrates with team employees after the team landed in Oakland, Calif., Wednesday, June 17, 2015. The Warriors beat the Cleveland Cavaliers to win their first NBA championship since 1975. (Aric Crabb/Bay Area News Group)

The 26-1 Warriors for now don’t want to make a roster change, according to general manager Bob Myers.

“We’re always looking at different things,” Myers told 95.7 The Game on Wednesday. “The record that we have, your phone doesn’t really ring. You might think that’s surprising, but no one calls you because they don’t think you want to do anything, which is pretty much true. You don’t really want to disrupt a team.

“The nice thing about our record is it’d have to be something pretty darn good for us to tinker right now. There’s just not much of a reason to mess with what’s going on.”

The Warriors could look to shore up their bench, which has struggled at times this season. But for now, a little less than two months before the trading deadline, there isn’t likely to be a move made.

0

Bob Myers impassionedly explains Warriors’ culture and philosophy

Golden State Warriors' Klay Thompson (11) celebrates with the NBA championship trophy with teammates and owners Peter Gruber and Joe Lacob after the Golden State Warriors 105-97 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 6 of the NBA Finals to win the NBA Championship at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio, on Tuesday, June 16, 2015.  (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

Golden State Warriors’ Klay Thompson (11) celebrates with the NBA championship trophy with teammates and owners Peter Gruber and Joe Lacob after the Golden State Warriors 105-97 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 6 of the NBA Finals to win the NBA Championship at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio, on Tuesday, June 16, 2015. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

SAN FRANCISCO – Bob Myers, the NBA’s reigning Executive of the Year, explained the Warriors’ way by pointing to the Larry O’Brien Trophy.

“I want people to help us get that,” Myers said Tuesday at Dreamforce. “And we’ll pay them what they’re worth. We’ll support them. And that’s really who we are, and that’s what our ownership is about.

“Players know. Coaches know. People that work for our company know it. That’s the ultimate goal. It’s not the bottom line, making money. It’s winning. Winning first. Players can feel that. If you play for a company or an organization where it’s money first, winning second, they know it.”

Myers was asked about the team rewarding players with salaries and said those who love being a part of the Warriors beyond the money will get paid.

“We’re behind you,” Myers said. “We believe you’ve earned it. We’re happy to pay you. We don’t do it begrudgingly. You’re part of our success.”

Myers pointed at the trophy.

“That’s what we do. That thing right there. That’s why we do what we do. It’s a very definable goal in our industry.

“Watch our owner. Watch Joe Lacob. Watch him watch one of our games. It’s not about the money. It’s about winning.”

Myers said he preferred players who had competitive spirit.

“We want people in our organization…that hate to lose, that want to compete every single day so losing hurts,” Myers said.

“Staying elite in my mind is never changing that.”