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.”