Warriors introduce Barnes, Ezeli, Green


Warriors introduce Barnes, Ezeli, Green

PROGRAMMING NOTE: Harrison Barnes and Festuz Ezeli will join Warriors Insider Matt Steinmetz today at 5 p.m. on Chronicle Live.

Warriors rookies Harrison Barnes, Festus Ezeli and Draymond Green met the media and got their jerseys on Monday at a formal press conference in Oakland. Barnes will wear No. 40, Ezeli No. 31 and Green will wear uniform No. 23. We'll have full coverage and video of the event but here is a selection of their comments.

Warriors GM Bob Myers
We targeted these three players. We did not concede that they would be there when we picked but we were hopeful. And it happened, and I think our patience did pay off. ... We're thrilled, and it was a team effort. We had a lot of conversations on what was the right thing to do for this organization and We just feel great, we're elated. We think these three gentlemen are going to help us win games.

It's been absolutely great for me to come here. I had a chance to go to a soccer game, I had a chance to go to a baseball game so I'm definitely trying to embrace the city, the Bay Area. And just get acclimated.

It's been a lot of up and downs, at first I didn't think I could play the game. It was very hard for me, very tough. But it just shows you how much hard work pays off. That's what it's been for me my whole career is, I just worked hard. ... It's like a dream, it hasn't hit me yet. It's great.

One thing (Michigan State) coach (Tom) Izzo is big on is knowing how to evaluate yourself and how you play. I knew I had a pretty good workout when I came here. Coach Izzo kept telling me 'I've been talking to the Warriors a lot, they've called a lot, I've been talking to them.' ... When it actually came around, I told someone "I think the Warriors may end up taking me. And it ended up coming true, it's a dream come true.

Report: After trade rumors swirled, Spurs give LaMarcus Aldridge an extension


Report: After trade rumors swirled, Spurs give LaMarcus Aldridge an extension

The San Antonio Spurs have reached an agreement with LaMarcus Aldridge on an extension that will keep him under contract for an additional three years.

A person with knowledge of the agreement tells The Associated Press that Aldridge will exercise the $22 million player option on his contract for the 2018-19 season. He will also get another two years and $50 million tacked on, according to the person who spoke Monday on condition of anonymity because the team has not announced the deal.

The Spurs open the regular season against Minnesota on Wednesday night. The agreement came as a surprise given Aldridge’s difficulty acclimating to the Spurs since he left Portland in 2015.

Aldridge averaged 17.3 points and 7.3 rebounds a game last season.

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


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.”