Golden State’s Bob Myers: ‘I want to give the guys a chance to do it again’



Warriors general manager Bob Myers hopes his team can challenge for another championship in 2022-23.

LOS ANGELES – As he strolled the red carpet at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles ahead of Wednesday night’s ESPYS, Golden State General Manager Bob Myers finally looked relaxed.

No doubt he enjoyed his summer. Last month, the Warriors won their fourth NBA championship in eight years, and after a champagne-soaked victory parade, Myers has been busy polishing the roster through draft selections and various offseason moves.

“I like our team and where it’s at,” Myers told NBA.com. “I want to give the guys a chance to do it again.”

In other words, don’t expect the Warriors to find Kevin Durant. Sure, they know firsthand how valuable Durant can be – he helped them win back-to-back titles in 2017 and 2018 – but after winning another championship without him, the Warriors seem comfortable going. forward with what they have.

We kept most of it together, but we have to stay healthy. I didn’t think we would get there last year, but we did. I look like you. We’ll see what happens.”

— Bob Myers, Warriors general manager

Finals MVP Stephen Curry hosted the ESPYS and won a handful of accolades (NBA’s Most Valuable Player, Best All-Time Performance, Best Team). His backcourt mate, Klay Thompson, won the ESPY for Best Returning Athlete. Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala also attended the awards ceremony to convey the Warriors’ strong championship fabric.

On their way to the title last season, the Warriors also relied on All-Star winger Andrew Wiggins and combo guard Jordan Poole. Not only are the Warriors hoping to sign Wiggins and Poole to long-term extensions, but they believe third-year center James Wiseman, second-year forward Jonathan Kuminga and second-year guard Moses Moody are up for bigger roles. important in 2022-23.

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It doesn’t look like the Warriors want to sacrifice their youth or depth in pursuit of another marquee player.

” It’s a good band. We are lucky. It will be fun to see,” Myers said. “We were really on the hunt last year. Now I guess we’ve become hunted again, which I didn’t think we would be. We will see. I think we can handle it.

Still, some challenges could wait. The Warriors would like Iguodala back, but the 18-year NBA veteran has remained undecided about his future. The Warriors also lost a key perimeter defender to Portland (Gary Payton II), a key all-around forward to Toronto (Otto Porter Jr.) and an accommodating role player to Phoenix (Damion Lee).

Most of those departures were related to the Warriors hoping to lower their luxury tax bill. But it also had to do with their belief that they could make up for it with their star players and young talent. The Warriors signed a reliable shooter (Donte DiVincenzo) and would be ready to add striker JaMychal Green, too, after being recently waived by Oklahoma City. The Warriors hope these moves will help offset the departures of Payton and Porter at a lower price.

“We kept most of it together, but we have to stay healthy,” Myers said. “I didn’t think we would get there last year, but we did. I look like you. We’ll see what happens.”

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Mark Medina is a senior writer/analyst for NBA.com. You can email him here, find his archive here and follow him on Twitter.

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