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NBA rumors: 76ers tried to hire Warriors GM Bob Myers, were rebuffed

NBA rumors: 76ers tried to hire Warriors GM Bob Myers, were rebuffed

Programming note: Watch the pregame edition of Warriors Outsiders on Thursday night at 6, streaming live on the MyTeams app.

Bob Myers was named assistant general manager of the Warriors in April 2011.

In April 2012, he was promoted to general manager. In June 2015, he was named NBA Executive of the Year. In September 2016, he added "president of basketball operations" to his title.

About nine months later, he was named NBA Executive of the Year again. 

The moral of the story is he's good at his job.

Other franchises would love to have Myers running the show, and the Philadelphia 76ers tried to make that happen.

Marc Stein of The New York Times has the details:

The 76ers tried to stage their own such coup last summer after the Bryan Colangelo Twitter scandal. As The Times reported last July, Philadelphia made an ambitious attempt at trying to hire Daryl Morey away from Houston — and I’m told Philly also commissioned a clandestine run at prying Myers away from the Warriors that was likewise rebuffed.

The definition of clandestine = "characterized by, done in, or executed with secrecy or concealment, especially for purposes of subversion or deception; private or surreptitious."

Philadelphia was successful at being clandestine for a while, but now the secret is out.

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Myers was recently linked to the Lakers when Magic Johnson shocked the basketball world by resigning abruptly. But it appears he won't be headed to Los Angeles.

In case you missed it, be sure to check out Myers' favorite Oracle Arena memory. Spoiler alert -- it isn't Game 2 of Golden State's 2019 opening round series against the Clippers.

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Patrick Beverley says Clippers gave Warriors best challenge in playoffs

Patrick Beverley says Clippers gave Warriors best challenge in playoffs

Programming note: Watch the NBA Finals pregame edition of Warriors Outsiders on Thursday, May 30 at 4:00 p.m., streaming live on the MyTeams app.

Los Angeles Clippers guard Patrick Beverley is a confident person.

Beverley doesn't back down from anybody and he speaks his mind freely.

On Tuesday morning, he made the following declaration on Twitter:

Sorry Mr. Beverley, but we respectfully disagree.

Here were the results of the Warriors-Clippers first-round NBA playoff series:
Game 1 = Warriors 121, Clippers 104
Game 2 = Clippers 135, Warriors 131 (Golden State led by 31 points with about 7:30 left in the third quarter)
Game 3 = Warriors 132, Clippers 105
Game 4 = Warriors 113, Clippers 105
Game 5 = Clippers 129, Warriors 101
Game 6 = Warriors 129, Clippers 110

The Dubs' average margin of victory was nearly 18 points.

In the second round, the Rockets beat the Warriors twice and every game was decided by six points or less.

Although Golden State swept Portland in the Western Conference finals, the Blazers had the following leads:
Game 2 = 17 points early in the third quarter
Game 3 = 18 points late in the second quarter
Game 4 = 17 points with less than two minutes left in the third quarter

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While you could make the argument that the Clippers gave a better challenge than the Blazers, the Rockets clearly were the most formidable foe.

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Logan Couture misses empty net shortly before Blues extend Game 6 lead

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Logan Couture misses empty net shortly before Blues extend Game 6 lead

The Sharks were this close to tying it up.

Next thing you know, they're down by two again.

Ugh. San Jose fell behind 2-0 in Game 6 against the Blues on Tuesday night, but seized some momentum when Dylan Gambrell scored his first career NHL goal in the second period to cut the deficit in half.

Minutes later, Logan Couture had a tremendous opportunity to tie the game, but he whiffed on an open net.

Shortly thereafter, Sharks defenseman Justin Braun committed a hooking penalty, and the Blues eventually scored on that ensuing power-play, expanding their lead to 3-1 with less than eight minutes remaining in the second period.

If the Sharks' season ends in Game 6, they'll be left to wonder how things might have worked out differently had Couture deposited the puck into the empty net.