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End of an Era: Bob Myers Steps Down, Casting Uncertainty over the Warriors' Dynasty
Golden State's Bob Myers, a two-time executive of the year and the architect of four NBA championships with the Warriors, announced his decision to step down as the franchise's president and general manage. This unexpected departure signals a potential end of the Warriors' dynasty, casting a shadow of uncertainty over the future of the team.
"Myers, whose contract expires in late June, declined ownership offers on a new deal that would've paid him among the league's top-earning executives," he told ESPN. "It's just time," Myers explained, indicating that his decision was influenced by factors beyond financial considerations.
A hallmark of leadership, talent evaluation, and the respect he commands at every level of the industry, Myers leaves behind a void that will be challenging to fill. His connection with key members of the Warriors' dynasty, including Stephen Curry, Draymond Green, Klay Thompson, and coach Steve Kerr, was instrumental in their success.
Myers was often quoted saying, "If you work with people that are bringing you up constantly - really bright, really passionate people - you can't help but get pulled in that direction". This belief was evident in his team-building approach. His ability to create a harmonious group, dedicated to their craft, was well-illustrated in the way he brought together a team that went on to dominate the NBA for several years.
However, with Myers stepping down, the Warriors are facing a challenging crossroads. The team's payroll and luxury tax could approach a historic $500 million in 2023-2024, necessitating hard decisions on the future of key players, including Green and Thompson.
Under Myers' leadership, the Warriors won four titles in the past eight years, and reached the NBA Finals six times in his 11 seasons as GM. He oversaw the Warriors' pursuit of Kevin Durant, who arrived as a free agent in 2016 and was part of two titles with the Warriors before tearing an Achilles in the 2019 NBA Finals.
Myers, known for his insightful and motivational quotes, once said, "How do you build a successful organization or culture? It's the people. The people part, in business and basketball, is huge". He also insisted on the importance of competitiveness, saying, "It comes down to competitiveness. I hate to lose. We want people in our organization that hate to lose - that want to compete every single day, so you continue to strive to win".
The departure of such a pivotal figure is sure to have significant implications for the Warriors. The team now must navigate the uncertain waters of the NBA without Myers' steady hand at the helm. However, as Myers himself said, "You stay elite by constantly moving forward". As the Warriors look ahead, they'll surely strive to honor his legacy by doing just that.
The question remains, however, whether the Warriors' dynasty can endure without Myers. His leadership and talent evaluation skills were instrumental in the team's success. As the team embarks on a new chapter, they will need to heed Myers' advice, "If you can build a team full of high-quality people, and you bring aboard someone who may lack qualities, they're probably likely to go in the right direction". Only time will tell if the Warriors can continue their success story without Bob Myers.