Warriors' Lin not considering overseas team, yet


Warriors' Lin not considering overseas team, yet

July 12, 2011


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Matt Steinmetz

With the NBA lockout jeopardizing all or part of the 2011-12 season, Warriors guard Jeremy Lin would seem to be a perfect candidate to head overseas. After all, he's not under contract for the upcoming season and -- even with his improvement a year ago -- could certainly use all the game experience he can get.Not to mention, Lin would no doubt make more money playing in Asia than he would in the NBA.But if you know anything about Lin, he's not ready to make that move yet.
"The No. 1 thing for Jeremy is to establish himself as an NBA player," said Roger Montgomery, Lin's agent, on Tuesday. "We've never talked about making this or making that in terms of money, which he could do in Asia. Jeremy wants to be an NBA player."RELATED: Jeremy Lin stats splits game logs
There were doubts about whether that was even a possibility in the early part of the 2010-11 season. Lin was signed to a guaranteed contract after going undrafted out of Harvard, and he struggled to make the adjustment to the NBA. But over the course of the season, Lin's game got noticeably better -- to the point where he could be in the mix to get minutes behind Stephen Curry and Monta Ellis in 2011-12.Provided, of course, there is a 2011-12 season."Jeremy is excited about the situation in Golden State," Montgomery said. "His role could be as a backup to Steph. With Mark Jackson coming in and talk of defense, defense, defense, that would be a positive. Nobody wants to lose a season. It would be a great opportunity for him coming back. So we're status quo. Now ... if the season is cancelled, then we'll have to look at Plan B."Montgomery's point is Lin is absolutely committed to seeing the NBA thing through this year and the forseeable future -- and Lin will operate under that premise until and unless it becomes official that the NBA season will not happen.Interestingly, Lin would likely make significantly more money playing in Asia, and there already have been inquiries about Lin's availability. Another of Montgomery's clients, Sonny Weems, recently signed with a team in Lithuania."Every situation with Europe and Asia is unique," Montgomery said. "And Jeremy's is, too. He could make a nice living over there. But again, Jeremy wants to be an NBA player."But to do that, Lin is going to need an NBA season.

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.”