Bob Myers

The Kings are the Kings, Myers can't swindle in second round and thesaurus reigns supreme

The Kings are the Kings, Myers can't swindle in second round and thesaurus reigns supreme

When the biggest news to emanate from the NBA Draft is Adrian Wojnarowski’s thesaurus, you have a bad draft.
 
When the second biggest news is Sacramento bowing to the wishes of Luka Doncic (and the Kings did just that, we are sure) as another reminder of its place in the basketball universe, you have a bad draft.
 
When the third biggest news is that nobody wanted to talk to Bob Myers about selling their second-round pick to the Golden State Warriors because . . . well, just because, you have a bad draft.
 
When the fourth biggest news is which draftee’s mom is the hottest, you have a bad (and oddly creepy) draft.
 
And when the most compelling stories coming out of the draft are still LeBron James, Kawhi Leonard and Dwight Howard, you have a bad draft.
 
In ten years you may find, of course, that this was actually a 2009-level (as in great) draft for future stars, and all the other stuff will no longer matter. But that is the case of most things these days – they seem like big deals for about 24 hours and end up being nothing of import.
 
In short, as entertainment, this NBA Draft was that rare flatliner. The league is apparently much better at roasting money, the time for which begins shortly, or maybe our tastes as voyeurs are changing.
 
The Warriors got in Jacob Evans, the 6-6 wing from Cincinnati, a sort of poor man’s Draymond Green (which is a compliment, and an almost rave review for a 28th pick), but the greater development Warriors-wise was Bob Myers’ inability to sweet-talk a second-rounder out of money-hungry competitors. This may be a sign that nobody wants to touch the Warriors as a trading partner, at least until they are no longer considered enemies of the people, or maybe people are coveting draft choices more than they used to do.
 
As for the Kings, they went for Marvin Bagley III largely because he was the highest rated player who went for them. Doncic was largely considered the superior choice, and Michael Porter’s troublesome back worried too many teams (he ended up falling to 14 and Denver), but Bagley wanted to be the second pick if he couldn’t be first, which made his appeal to the Kings clear.
 
But it did nothing to dispel the largely held notion by many players and/or agents that Sacramento is to be avoided by any means necessary, and not because the city is demonstrably worse than any of about 20 other NBA outposts. It is because the perception remains that ultimately, the Kings are gonna King.
 
Thus ends another NBA show, with minimal effervescence or lasting effect. It was a great draft for the purist, if that matters to you, but the truth remains that LeBron James and Kawhi Leonard are going to blot out the sun this summer. It is a victory for the status quo.
 
That is, unless you have a rooting interest in the Adrian Wojnarowski-fought-the-law story line, and frankly, you shouldn’t.
 

Bob Myers looks into his crystal ball, predicts what NBA game will look like in five years

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Bob Myers looks into his crystal ball, predicts what NBA game will look like in five years

Bob Myers knows a thing or two about basketball.

He was named NBA Executive of the Year in 2015 and 2017.

On Thursday, Myers joined BJ Armstrong and Gerald Brown on the podcast "In the Key."

Armstrong -- the former NBA guard and current agent (he reps Draymond Green) -- asked Myers the following question:

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"We have this era of small ball that forever you will be associated with ... you guys are without question the best at small ball ... what does the game look like five years from now?"

"What's happening is -- the center position is really the one taking the biggest hit," Myers answered. "The 3-point shot has changed what centers are asked to do ... going under a screen now is almost unheard of because the guards can shoot the 3 so well ... so now you're asking a 7 foot guy to somehow either hedge out on the screen and disrupt the pick-and-roll there. Or switch it.

"Now how many 7 foot men in the world are capable of staying in front of Steph Curry, anybody that's a perimeter-oriented player with rules that don't allow hand checking?

"So where do I think it's going? Clearly, we've gotten to a point where we are asking big guys to do things that they are not comfortable doing, and we're taking advantage of that ... I think where it's going is because I think the whole game has changed to the 3-point shot -- as we move forward in high school -- we didn't switch screens in high school. But if you come up now, the first practice, you're switching screens in high school; you're switching screens in college.

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"So if you take a big guy that's 10 years old right now that's 6'11" -- he's probably switching screens on the playground. So the point is, it's going to catch up where you're going to see a 5 that has been asked to switch screens since he was 12 or 13 years old, that when he gets to the NBA he's going to go, 'Yeah. I got this.' So the center position isn't going away."

Without question -- in both the present and the future -- big men are going to need to be able to hold their own when defending guards.

When you look at the upcoming draft, there are a lot of "centers" who are projected to to be taken in the Top 10.

And their ability to handle themselves on the perimeter defensively is under the microscope.

"I could be totally wrong on this," Myers said. "We could end this conversation and you guys could say, 'he's an idiot.' (laughter). I think everything will eventually catch up."

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

Bob Myers previews the Warriors' draft, 'that's what makes the puzzle fascinating'

Bob Myers previews the Warriors' draft, 'that's what makes the puzzle fascinating'

The Warriors held several draft workouts over the last couple of days and have another scheduled for Wednesday.

On Monday, Melvin Frazier -- who is considered a late first-round or early second-round pick -- spoke to reporters after the workout.

“A lot of guys today, in this generation, don’t like to play defense," Frazier said. "It’s just something I like to do. And I know defense is going to get me on the floor.”

That must have been music to the ears of Bob Myers and Steve Kerr (among others).

"In this league, it seems to be if you can’t guard — and you guys followed the playoffs — they will pick on you and they will exploit you," Myers told reporters on Tuesday. "Players that can defend their position can play basketball. If you surround a player that’s defensive-minded with scoring, you can put him on the floor ... if you can’t defend, you better be a pretty good scorer.

"That’s what makes the job and the pick (No. 28 overall) and the puzzle fascinating — it’s not one-on-one basketball. So when we look at our team, Jordan Bell probably fits us better than he might fit another team ... it doesn’t much matter to us what the league values those guys as. It matters how we value them."

In 2016, the Warriors paid Milwaukee $2.4 million for the rights to Patrick McCaw.

In 2017, the Warriors paid Chicago $3.5 million for the rights to Bell.

Both guys entered the league with defense-first reputations, and the Warriors are always looking for prospects who value that end of the floor.

As Myers said, when you have the scorers the Warriors have: "A guy that can defend certainly is important."

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller