Myers clarifies remarks about Jackson, Warriors


Myers clarifies remarks about Jackson, Warriors

Warriors general manager BobMyers knew right away that what he had said didnt quite come out right. Myerswas asked a couple of weeks back what he thought of the Warriors offseason andhow the team might fare heading into 2012-13.Myers answered by saying thathe thought the Warriors had upgraded their talent level considerably, and thathe shared as much with coach Mark Jackson in a phone conversation a couple ofdays before.Myers said he told JacksonYouve got something to work with, and that it was up to (the coachingstaff) to go forward with this group. Myers went further and said: I dontknow what your guys opinions are, but I dont think its unfair to ask to goforward and do well with this group of players.REWIND: Myers has one mandate for Mark Jackson
On the surface, what Myerssaid wasnt a big deal nothing more than a GM talking optimistically abouthis team in the offseason, and throwing in there that the coaching staff nowhad better players to deal with.But his comments blew up alittle bit, and many interpreted them to mean: If the Warriors dont make theplayoffs, Jackson will get fired.Of course, thats not exactlywhat Myers said. Then again, Myers knew that what he said didnt quite soundright when he read it in print. So, he picked up the phone again and calledJackson.Yeah, I know. I agree, saidMyers, when told that it sounded like he was putting pressure on Jackson withthe statement. I called Mark afterward. Were all under pressure. When Icalled Mark, it was more about the way I said what I said. It was like We allhave something to work with now. We feel like we have a roster we can workwith. I feel like we do; you feel like we do.(Jackson) didnt take it inthe context of: You better make the playoffs. I know that. I told him itsbeing reported in this light. He said: Ive got no problem with that. I understand. He also said: I want to win and the thinking is, give me a rosterwhere I have some accountability rather than having a roster where nobodythinks we can compete.Myers and Jackson ended uphaving a laugh over the subject, but it does hammer home one theme with theWarriors: Expectations are already high for the start of next season. Andthats the silver lining that Myers has found in this whole littlemini-misunderstandingcontroversy.Otherwise, whats thealternative going into the season? Myers asked. That nobody, the fans, themedia, ourselves thinks we can compete. Thats the alternative. This is the bigleagues. Theres pressure every day to win. But we feel, collectively, that weretooled the roster in a way where we feel we can compete for the playoffs.Thats the best way for me to say it, and I think Mark is aligned with that andfeels the same way.

Thunder give No. 35 -- Kevin Durant's old number -- to rookie


Thunder give No. 35 -- Kevin Durant's old number -- to rookie

On Tuesday, the Thunder signed P.J. Dozier to a two-way contract.

The rookie will wear No. 35 with Oklahoma City.

That's the number Kevin Durant rocked as a member of the Thunder.

Why did Dozier pick it?

"My cousin, my second cousin, is Reggie Lewis. He used to play for the Boston Celtics," Dozier explained to reporters. "That's all it is. It wasn't anything other than that, honestly."

Did anybody say anything to him when he asked for No. 35?

"No. Honestly, I didn't even think twice about it. I had it in preseason at Dallas. I saw it was open and just took advantage of it."

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

Warriors the establishment, and the field the barbarians at the gate


Warriors the establishment, and the field the barbarians at the gate

Programming note: Warriors-Rockets coverage starts tonight at 6:30pm on NBC Sports Bay Area, and continues immediately after the final buzzer.

The NBA offseason ended as it began – with someone burning money for our amusement.

The San Antonio Spurs re-upped center LaMarcus Aldridge, with whom head coach Gregg Popovich had an off-season hug-it-out to repair what seemed to be a fraying relationship.

Thus, after the Golden State Warriors boatraced the field, the NBA responded by firing out $1.942 billion in free agent signings. This proves yet again that the problem with rising salaries in sports is not the fault of the players, but of the owners.

And that contreacts and player movement are an increasingly powerful turn-on in a sport that is facing an existential crisis.

Namely, how to build suspense into a season that looks foreordained for the Warriors without hoping for catastrophic injuries. Indeed, as the Warriors open with Houston tonight, there is far more national buzz around the new-look Rockets than the seemingly invulnerable Warriors.

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It’s a bit like the old comic book conundrum – why was Wolverine a more compelling character than Superman?

Now this may be our fault as consumers for wanting something new to support our pathetically small attention spans. Or more intriguingly, being drawn to the flawed unknown rather than the excellent known.

But changing the American character is not an easy thing to do, as our most recent political developments have shown. We are who we are, and while we will watch the superb team every time, we will be more interested in the one that looks like it could blow itself to bits at any moment (Houston, or Cleveland, or Oklahoma City), or the long-downtrodden failure that suddenly looks like it might no longer be so downtrodden (Philadelphia, Minnesota, or maybe even Philadelphia again).

Or, weirdest of all, the team that used to be the standard, fell off the edge of the planet to the nation’s glee, and is just now showing signs of reconstruction (the Los Angeles Lakers).

Evidently what we want to say is that we like is change – violent, bizarre change, the crazier the narrative the better.

But here, we have the Golden State Warriors, who have chosen a far more conservative path – winning four of every five games, no matter what month, no matter what opponent, and winning nine of every 10 at home, no matter what month, no matter what opponent. And the measured eyeballs of media ratings say the Warriors are the bait behind which all other teams draft.

In short, the Warriors are the establishment, and the field is the barbarians at the gate. It’s just a matter how you feel about the barbarians, and the gate.

I know how the voting here would go. The rest of you are on your own, watching money getting thrown around in hope of some kind of regime change before the end of the decade.