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.”


Why the Warriors restructured athletic training, strength and conditioning staff after championship season

SAN FRANCISCO – The Warriors after winning the NBA championship with the fourth-fewest regular season games missed due to injury overhauled and restructured their training and strength and conditioning staff.

The person now overseeing that department is Lachlan Penfold, whose hiring as head of physical performance and sports medicine was announced in July. He previously worked in a variety of sports in the sports science-rich country of Australia.

The Warriors did not renew the contract of head athletic trainer JoHan Wang while director of athletic performance Keke Lyles and strength and conditioning coach Michael Roncariti went to the Atlanta Hawks.

The changes occurred despite the Warriors combining to have players miss only 80 games due to injury and beating the injury-plagued Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals.

“They did a great job,” Warriors assistant general manager Kirk Lacob said Thursday at the Sports Analytics Innovation Summit of last season’s staff. “Obviously we did a lot of things really, really well. For various reasons, most people aren’t back this year. All of their contracts were up anyways, so it’s not like anyone was fired.

“But we kind of had a vision and Steve (Kerr) had a vision too of the way we wanted to structure that whole department. It was going to be with or without those guys regardless. We were perfectly happy to have them as part of that or not.

“Yeah we did great last year. We’ve got to do better this year.”

The new structure of the staff focuses on improving communication, as according to Lacob, Penfold will collect direct reports from specialists and enable Warriors’ operation to become streamlined.

“He’ll be the one voice who’s going to go to Steve and to Bob (Myers) and say, ‘This is what I recommend,’” Lacob said.

“I think it just allows for a more direct, clear delineated line of communication.”

Lacob said it would be entirely possible the Warriors will have more games missed this coming season than when they won the championship, but that wouldn’t necessarily mean they did a worse job with the staff.

“It’s always process over result,” Lacob said.


Watch: Warriors’ Klay Thompson hits halfcourt shot while riding a bike

Here’s some proof that a champion’s work is never done. Klay Thompson’s attempt at expanding his game apparently knows no bounds. The All-Star guard hopped on a bicycle and executed the shot of the summer.

Still think Klay is just a catch-and-shoot player?

Working on being more versatile this offseason S/o to @ttwersky for the dime in the shooting pocket

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Leandro Barbosa on agreeing to return ‘home’ to Warriors: ‘That’s what I wanted the most’

Leandro Barbosa reached agreement on re-signing a one-year contract with the Warriors, the guard said Monday.

The deal is worth $2.5 million, according to ESPN.com.

“I’m just very happy to renew my contract and be able to stay with the Warriors family, stay in the Bay, where I already consider my home,” Barbosa wrote in a message. “That’s what I wanted the most. I just follow my heart. What we had accomplished is very special, the most important title of my career.”

Barbosa, 32, added that the Warriors’ goal next seasons would be the difficult challenge of staying at the top of the NBA.

He averaged 7.1 points and shot 38.4 percent from 3-point range in 66 games for the Warriors before playing in every game of the playoffs during their championship run.


Warriors reach agreement with Draymond Green on five-year, $82 million contract extension

The Warriors reached agreement with Draymond Green on a five-year contract extension, the second-round draft pick-turned heartbeat of the championship team announced Wednesday. The deal is worth $82 million, according to a source.

Warriors general manager Bob Myers confirmed that the team intends to re-sign Green at the conclusion of the NBA moratorium period next week.

“I’m proud to say that I’ll be a Warrior for at least the next five years,” Green said from Southern California in a recorded video for Bleacher Report. “It’s been a long journey to get to this point whether it’s always trying to overcome the odds, overcome the doubters. To be in this position signing back long-term with the Warriors is amazing.

“It’s an organization that I love. It’s great being a part of. Best fans in the NBA. First-class organization. I think staying with the Warriors is very, very important to me…obviously coming off a championship. We’re thinking we can win a lot of championships.”

Reaching an agreement to re-sign the 25-year-old Green, which Myers promised at the championship parade to get done, came within the first 24 hours that NBA free agents could negotiate with teams. The two sides had met Tuesday evening, with the deal coming together after Yahoo! Sports first reported the following afternoon talks had reached an impasse.

The Warriors were able to offer their restricted free agent Green more money than any other team to retain the 6-foot-7 forward and ultimately did just that. The Warriors also managed to keep from giving Green a maximum-salary contract at a time when they are almost certain to exceed the luxury tax threshold next season.

Green remained with the team that drafted him with the 35th overall pick in 2012 and saw him blossom into an emotional team leader and top-notch defender despite his size.

Green finished second in the voting for the NBA’s Defensive Player of the Year award and averaged career highs of 11.7 points and 8.2 rebounds last season as he grabbed a starting spot and never let go. He saved one of his best performances for last, notching a triple-double against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 6 of the NBA Finals.

Green thanked his mother, Mary Babers-Green, along with his hometown of Saginaw, Mich. along and coaches and former players from Michigan State who had helped him. He later posted a photo of Babers-Green on Instagram covering her mouth and apparently overcome by emotion after learning of the lucrative contract agreement, writing, “this is what I’ve worked my entire life to see!!!”

“I look forward to spending these years with my teammates, with the Bay Area, the Warriors organization,” Green said. “It’s going to be a fun time. Let’s keep winning championships. That’s the plan. That’s what we’re going to do.”


Warriors’ contract talks with Draymond Green reportedly break down

Contract talks between the Warriors and Draymond Green have reached an impasse and broken down, asYahoo! Sports was first to report Wednesday.

The two sides met Tuesday night when NBA free agents could begin negotiations, with the Warriors getting the first chance to reach an agreement. Now Green might meet with other teams that can sign him to an offer sheet. With Green being a restricted free agent, the Warriors can still match any offer sheet he signs.

Warriors general manager Bob Myers when asked about Green last week on 95.7 The Game said that when he was an agent, the free agent process never went how he thought it was going to go.

“Signing him is in our control,” Myers said. “What we have to compete with is not, and so I can’t put a timeline on it. We’re going to work very hard from the outset to sign him, but I can’t predict what – nobody can – what his options will be. But we’re very committed to trying to keep him, and he was a big part of our success.

“I don’t think anybody knows how the process will go because free agency is – I’ve said this before – is predictably unpredictable. You don’t know what’s coming.”

Green’s agent, B.J. Armstrong, did not immediately return messages seeking comment.

“It was a phenomenal, phenomenal, phenomenal run, so I don’t know what to expect,” Armstrong said Monday of free agency. “We were just as excited about the direction of the organization. We’re excited. I know Draymond is excited. I know the fans are excited. Everyone’s excited about where this is going.”


Warriors bring back Marreese Speights for next season

OAKLAND – The Warriors exercised the $3.8 million team option on the contract of big man Marreese Speights for next season after he made contributions off the bench during the championship run.

“I ain’t have no doubts that I was going to come back,” Speights said.

Speights, 27, was the team’s fourth-leading scorer as he averaged a career-high 10.4 points per game in 76 regular-season games. Earning the nickname “Mo Buckets,” Speights led the bench in scoring 31 times.

The 6-foot-10 Speights also averaged 4.3 rebounds and drew 29 charges for the second-most in the NBA. He capably played the power forward and center positions while scoring in bunches despite averaging only 15.9 minutes per game and at times not playing due to a coach’s decision.

“I know next season is going to be a better year,” Speights said.

“I definitely want to be a bigger part of the rotation.”