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Is there a scenario where Bob Myers could leave Warriors? 'It would be...'

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Is there a scenario where Bob Myers could leave Warriors? 'It would be...'

OAKLAND -- When the Boston Red Sox waved a $12.5 million offer in front of Billy Beane back in 2002, there were moments when the A’s architect and “Moneyball” protagonist considered moving to Massachusetts.

Citing family and quality of life, Beane ultimately stayed in Oakland and was rewarded with a small percentage of the team.

Should the day come when an NBA owner reaches out to Warriors general manager Bob Myers, it might be even tougher to pry him out of the Bay Area.

A guest on the NBC Sports Bay Area Warriors Insider Podcast this week, Myers was asked if he’s wondered what it would take for him to work for another team.

“It’s not really a money thing. It’s too hard to think of . . . to get to be the general manager of the team you grew up around is kind of surreal,” he said. “It’s hard to make sense of. In some ways it’s amazing and all the positive adjectives you can find. But in other ways it’s kind of consuming. You feel like it’s too much.

“So leaving wouldn’t be because I didn’t like the job. It would be that it meant too much. Sometimes in life . . . you’ve got to still keep your balance.”

There isn’t a lot of balance these days. Myers sweats the details, the games and the negotiations. He’s a 6-foot-7 tower of worry even as the Warriors have gone to three consecutive NBA Finals, winning two, in becoming an American sensation and global phenomenon.

If the East Bay native should feel the itch, there would be no shortage of teams seeking his services. The Lakers reportedly were interested until 13 months ago, when Myers received a promotion to president of basketball operations that came with a pay raise and a contract extension believed to go through 2019-20.

“Happiness means a lot,” Myers said. “And that’s what I think about every day. Am I fulfilled? Am I happy? I think about my family. I think about my kids. And maybe some things that have happened to me and my wife and her family that have made me think a little differently.”

To be sure, Myers was profoundly affected by the September 2016 sudden death of his friend and brother-in-law Scott Dinsmore during a mountain-climbing accident. His sense of family was immediately fortified.

It appears burnout might be the biggest threat to Myers running the Warriors for as long as CEO Joe Lacob allows.

“The challenge would be like, ‘Can I give this team what it deserves in the role that I’m in, and give this community and fan base what they deserve and sustain that?’ ” Myers said. “Now I can. I love it. And I think I can keep doing it for a long time, hopefully.”

Gameday: Two Warriors All-Stars out for Friday's game vs Bulls

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Gameday: Two Warriors All-Stars out for Friday's game vs Bulls

The Warriors will be without their starting forwards Friday night when they return to Oracle Arena not only to face the struggling Chicago Bulls but also in search of good habits.

Coverage on NBC Sports Bay Area begins at 6:30, with tipoff scheduled for 7:35.

Kevin Durant is out with a sprained ankle and Draymond Green will be resting.

The Warriors (13-5) are coming off a 2-2 road trip during which they blew a 17-point third-quarter lead in one of the losses and had to overcome a 24-point third-quarter deficit to earn one of the victories.

The rebuilding Bulls (3-13) are concluding a four-game swing through the Western Conference, having lost the first three games by an average of 15.7 points.

BETTING LINE

Warriors by 15.5

MATCHUP TO WATCH

Omri Casspi & Co. vs. Lauri Markkanen: Markkanen has been one of the few bright spots for the Bulls this season. The 7-foot rookie from Arizona shares the team lead in scoring at 14.6 points per game, while leading in rebounds at 8.3 per game. The only Chicago rookies to score more points in their first 16 games are Michael Jordan, Derrick Rose and Elton Brand. With Green and Durant out, the task of defending Markkanen falls to Casspi, who will start at one forward, with rookie Jordan Bell also taking a few turns.

INJURY LIST

Warriors: F Kevin Durant (L ankle sprain) and F Draymond Green (rest) are listed as out. C Damian Jones is on assignment with the G-League Santa Cruz Warriors.

Bulls: G Zach LaVine (L ACL rehab), F Nikola Mirotic (facial fractures), G David Nwaba (R ankle sprain) and G Cameron Payne (R foot surgery) are listed as out.

LAST 10

Warriors: 8-2. Bulls: 2-8.

GAME OFFICIALS

Bennie Adams (lead), Mark Ayotte and JT Orr.

SERIES HISTORY

The teams split the two-game series last season, each winning on its home court. The Warriors have won five of the last eight overall and 14 of the last 18 in Oakland.

THREE THINGS TO WATCH

THE INTENSITY METER: The Warriors believe, justifiably, that their biggest worry is about themselves. When they’re properly focused, they are the best team in the NBA. When they are not, they are susceptible to most any quality team. Insofar as Chicago doesn’t appear pose an explicit challenge, the Warriors must not only manufacture intensity but also maintain it.

KEEP ‘EM OFF THE LINE: The Bulls are dead last in the NBA in offensive rating (94.4), field-goal percentage (41.0), field goals made per game (35.7). The one thing they do well is shoot free throws, which they shoot at a league-leading 92.9 percent. The Warriors can be prone to fouls (only eight teams commit more), so they’ll have to play it smart against this opponent.

THE BENCH BUNCH: With Durant and Green out, along with this being the second game of a four-games-in-six-nights stretch, the Warriors will have to lean on their bench, which has been quite good. Its 54-percent shooting leads the league, as is its 4.2 blocks per game. The net rating 10.2 is second in the NBA.

Jordan Bell: Rookie year with Warriors 'like being a freshman all over again'

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Jordan Bell: Rookie year with Warriors 'like being a freshman all over again'

Warriors rookie Jordan Bell made an instant impact for the team this season. But as of late, his playing time has dwindled. In four of the Warriors' last five games, Bell has been inactive. 

“It's just the life of a rookie,” Bell said to The Athletic. “That's what Steve Kerr always tells me. It's not because I'm playing bad. Just gotta be professional about it and stay ready. It's like being a freshman all over again.”

While Bell wants to be on the court with his teammates, what he appreciates most from Steve Kerr is his communication. Kerr is always honest about when he won't play Bell and he keeps the former Oregon Duck encouraged. 

“He talks to me about it every time he sees me,” Bell said. “Lets me know I'm not going to be active. Keep doing what you're doing, you're doing good. But it still f------ sucks. You're playing well and it doesn't mean anything because you're younger. It sucks, but you got to be professional about it.”

Bell has played in 12 of the Warriors' 18 games this season. The 22-year-old is averaging 3.2 points and 2.2 rebounds per game over 8.3 minutes per game. 

The Warriors bought the 38th pick in the 2017 NBA Draft from the Chicago Bulls and selected Bell. On Friday night, the Warriors, and perhaps Bell, play the Bulls for the first time this season.