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Warriors to extend Riley's deal, hire assistant GM

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Warriors to extend Riley's deal, hire assistant GM

April 13, 2011STEINMETZ ARCHIVEWARRIORS PAGE WARRIORS VIDEOMatt SteinmetzCSNBayArea.com

OAKLAND -- Warriors owner Joe Lacob is poised to make his first significant moves of the offseason.According to various sources, Lacob will extend general manager Larry Riley's contract and also hire agent Bob Myers to be the Warriors' assistant general manager.Those announcements are likely to come later this week. The San Jose Mercury News first reported that Myers would be hired.Riley became the Warriors general manager in May 2009, under previous owner Chris Cohan. Lacob picked up Riley's 2011-12 team option and also added at least one additional year to the deal.
Myers comes to the Warriors from the Wasserman Media Group, where he worked alongside super-agent Arn Tellem. Myers was at Golden State's season-finale at Oracle Arena on Wednesday, watching the game with Riley in an upstairs suite.Bob has a very good feel for the game with a lot of NBA experience, Portland general manager Rich Cho said. Coming from the agent side and going to the front office side should bode very well for him.
Myers, 36, represents, among others, Warriors forward Dorell Wright, Clippers center DeAndre Jordan, Blazers guard Brandon Roy, Kings guuard Tyreke Evans and Nets center Brook Lopez.Tellem has referred to Myers as his "right-hand man."Myers played at UCLA in the mid-1990s and later earned a law degree from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. He is expected to be the Warriors' point man for salary cap issues and negotiating contracts, and he will be under Riley.Riley was hired as an assistant coach to Don Nelson in September 2006, then during the organization's fallout with general manager Chris Mullin, was promoted to assistant GM in November 2008.Riley eventually took over for Mullin on May 11, 2009, after Mullin was not retained.On Riley's watch, the Warriors selected Stephen Curry with the No. 7 pick in the 2009 draft and Ekpe Udoh with the No. 6 pick in the 2010 draft. Riley also was responsible for acquiring David Lee for 80 million in a sign-and-trade with the New York Knicks last offseason.Also, Riley traded Corey Maggette to the Milwaukee Bucks for Dan Gadzuric and Charlie Bell last summer, and signed Wright as a free agent to a three-year contract.Since taking over as owner of the Warriors in mid-November, Lacob has spoken positively of Riley. Conventional wisdom had suggested that the low-key Riley is a nice complement to the outspoken and involved Lacob.Warriors' co-owner Peter Guber, who has been a member of the UCLA faculty for more than 30 years, replied: "No comment," when asked if Myers was coming on board.

Gameday: How the well-rested Nets will test the Durant-less Warriors

Gameday: How the well-rested Nets will test the Durant-less Warriors

Roughly 20 hours after winning in Philadelphia, the Warriors on Sunday take their act to Barclays Center in Brooklyn, where they’ll be without Kevin Durant as they try to sweep a back-to-back set for the first time this season.

Coverage on NBC Sports Bay Area begins at 2pm, with tipoff scheduled for 3:05pm.

It’s the third back-to-back set of the season for the Warriors (12-4), who have split the first two. This one follows a stirring comeback victory over the 76ers on Saturday and it comes against a Nets team sure to test their endurance.

That test is automatically tougher with Durant, who scored scored 27 points against Philly but will be sidelined Sunday with an ankle sprain.

Brooklyn (6-9) is playing without two guards who figured prominently in their plans, as both Jeremy Lin and D’Angelo Russell are out with injuries.

BETTING LINE:
Warriors by 11

MATCHUP TO WATCH:
Stephen Curry vs. Spencer Dinwiddie. Curry broke out his mini-slump in the third quarter Saturday in Philly, scoring 20 points on 6-of-7 shooting, including 4-of-4 from deep. He’ll see plenty of Dinwiddie, whose wingspan approaches 6-9. Starting in place of the injured D’Angelo Russell, Dinwiddie has become a solid catalyst for Brooklyn’s fast-paced offense. His 5.57-1 assist-to-turnover ratio leads all NBA point guards. If he plays exceptionally well, the Nets may have a legitimate chance.

INJURY REPORT:
Warriors: F Kevin Durant (L ankle sprain) is listed as out. C Damian Jones is on assignment with the G-League Santa Cruz Warriors.

Nets: G Jeremy Lin (ruptured patellar tendon) and G D’Angelo Russell (L knee surgery) are listed as out.

GAME OFFICIALS:
Kane Fitzgerald (crew chief), Ben Taylor and Scott Wall.

LAST 10:
Warriors: 8-2, Nets: 3-7.

SERIES HISTORY:
The Warriors swept two games against Brooklyn in each of the last two seasons and have won 14 of the last 19 overall.

THREE THINGS TO WATCH:
THE GAS TANK: After expending a lot of energy in wiping out a 24-point second-half deficit against the 76ers, the Warriors now confront the NBA’s most hyperactive team. Brooklyn leads the league in pace for the second consecutive season under coach Kenny Atkinson. The Nets are rested and they want to run. With the Warriors shorthanded and coming off a game on the previous night, Brooklyn will push at every opportunity.

TRUST THE D: The Nets rank second in field-goal attempts but 25th in field-goal percentage and 26th in 3-point percentage. They rely on volume to stay in games, and sometimes it’s enough. The Warriors, with the exception of the first half on Saturday, have tightened their defense and now rank fifth in defensive rating. They may have to go deep into the bench, but they’re defense should hold up.

THE GLASS WAR: On sheer rebounding numbers the Warriors and Nets are about equal, thanks largely to Brooklyn ranking second behind Phoenix in both field-goal attempts and missed shots. Where the Warriors separate is in rebounding percentage, where they rank sixth and Brooklyn is 25th. If the Warriors can stay even on the glass against a team that also is comfortable playing “small,” it likely will be enough to put them over the top.

Joel Embiid 'likes' Kevin Durant's postgame comments

Joel Embiid 'likes' Kevin Durant's postgame comments

Joel Embiid is an all-time great when it comes to his use of social media.

His ability to troll his opponents and victims is unmatched.

And as Kevin Durant revealed after a huge comeback win over the 76ers on Saturday night, the Warriors didn't want to be the subject of Embiid's Twitter wrath.

"We wanted to win this game really, really bad. After being down by so much, we didn't want to lose to these guys, especially Joel. He woulda gone straight to Twitter and started talking s***," Durant told reporters after the game.

Embiid hasn't posted anything on Twitter or Instagram since Saturday's game ended, but a quick look at his Twitter Likes shows that the 76ers' center liked the video of Durant's comments.

With their 124-116 comeback win on Saturday, the Warriors swept the two-game season series from Embiid and the 76ers.