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Warriors GM Bob Myers reveals main takeaway from 'The Last Dance' premiere

Warriors GM Bob Myers reveals main takeaway from 'The Last Dance' premiere

Warriors general manager Bob Myers knows a thing or two about building a dynasty.

He joined Golden State as assistant GM in April 2011 and was promoted to GM in April 2012. The two-time NBA Executive of the Year helped put together the Warriors teams that won three titles and reached the NBA Finals five straight years from 2015 to 2019.

Myers -- like millions of other people around the country Sunday night -- was tuned in to the first two episodes of ESPN's "The Last Dance" documentary on the 1997-98 Chicago Bulls.

"When you watch something like that, it reminds you how hard it is to keep something together," Myers said on 95.7 The Game. "That was my takeaway from it. It's hard to understand. Even (Michael) Jordan himself said, 'We're winning. Let us keep trying to do this.' But you realize that in the midst of it all what happens with great success, and great notoriety, and great attention, and all the money, and all the fame ... it's very hard.

"It's why bands break up. Why'd that team break up? Because within all that, there are so many dynamics. And to keep it all aligned is work ... you have to sacrifice. When you're trying to win, you don't get to do it all on your own terms. But you do get to win ... so it's fascinating to watch. You get to see some of the (Scottie) Pippen stuff and some of the discord.

"I'm not even picking on the Bulls because it's human nature. It almost happens to everybody. Things have a lifetime and then they end."

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Myers has firsthand experience with trying to keep a team together for the long haul. Unfortunately for him and the Warriors, they weren't able to keep Kevin Durant with the franchise, as the two-time NBA Finals MVP chose to sign with the Brooklyn Nets last summer in free agency.

So now, Myers and the rest of the front office are tasked with retooling the Dubs so they can become championship contenders again. The Bay Area native hopes that the Warriors' players will learn something from watching the 10-part series on the Bulls.

"Everybody wants to be Michael Jordan," Myers said. "Who wouldn't want to be that guy? You want to be the best player on the best team in the world. But who gets to actually do that? When you watch it -- and what I would say to our players -- first of all, winning is extremely difficult. It is extremely difficult, and mentally difficult.

"The (San Antonio) Spurs say something really well -- they say, 'You have to get over yourself.' I think that's a really good line. Meaning that the most important thing always has to be winning. And that's the hardest thing now in a very kind of 'me' era of athletics -- people talk about their brand, 'I gotta focus on my brand.' That has nothing to do with winning by the way. Your brand has nothing to do with winning.

"And so when you interview a kid, or you talk to a kid, and when you get a team together -- the more you can use that word win (the better). We celebrate individual success maybe more than we ever have.

"Team success -- it does carry the greatest gratification, but it might be the hardest thing to do; to sacrifice to win. So that's hopefully what they take away."

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Steph Curry jokes about why ex-Warrior Andre Iguodala finished big dunk

Steph Curry jokes about why ex-Warrior Andre Iguodala finished big dunk

Andre Iguodala had a very ...

... Andre-Iguodala-like performance in the Miami Heat's 112-106 win over the Boston Celtics on Tuesday.

The former Warriors forward registered six points (2-for-6 FG), eight rebounds, four assists, two blocks and one steal in 31 minutes.

With fewer than six minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, he turned back the clock a little bit.

Steph Curry shared the highlight in an Instagram story, and included the perfect caption.

Curry -- the only unanimous MVP in NBA history -- and Iguodala -- the 2015 NBA Finals MVP -- are avid golfers, and even played a round together at Augusta National Golf Club (the site of the Masters) in February 2016.

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Iguodala became a golf fanatic shortly after he joined the Warriors in July 2013.

"I gotta give all the credit to (former Golden State assistant coach) Pete Myers," Iguodala said in March 2018. "Once I got here, I really wanted to learn how to play ... Pete Myers taught me how to hit a draw.

"And we would just go to the range and hit balls ... he kinda got me hooked and that was all she wrote."

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And one year later, he made one thing crystal clear.

Those were good times.

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Steve Kerr defends Warriors' Andrew Wiggins: 'He's a damn good player'

Steve Kerr defends Warriors' Andrew Wiggins: 'He's a damn good player'

When the Warriors acquired Andrew Wiggins at the NBA trade deadline in February, it was not a decision that universally was applauded. 

There still are people who disagree with Golden State's decision to acquire the No. 1 overall pick from the 2014 NBA Draft. But even those who are skeptical about Wiggins' future would admit that he played well in a Dubs uniform this season.

"I wasn't surprised at all about what we saw because I've coached against him," Steve Kerr said Wednesday on "The Bill Simmons Podcast." "The biggest thing for us was all about what you need today to win games. The game has changed so much and it's so hard to guard ... you gotta have size and versatility on the wings.

"Multiple-positional defenders who can guard their position, but also guard two or three other positions. Andrew has the size and athleticism to do exactly that. He was an excellent defender for us, and played really well offensively.

"He may not be an MVP candidate, but he's a damn good player. He fits right in with what we're trying to do."

Wiggins averaged 19.4 points, 4.6 rebounds and 3.6 assists over 12 games with Golden State, while shooting nearly 46 percent overall and 34 percent from deep.

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Additionally, his 1.4 blocks and 1.3 steals per game both would be career highs over a full season.

With Steph Curry and Klay Thompson as teammates, Wiggins won't feel consistent heat to deliver big scoring outputs. Will there be times when the Warriors need him to step up and take over offensively? Yes.

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But overall, he's going to have the luxury of being able to take on a more comfortable role that suits his game.

"He just wants to play basketball and have fun, and have no pressure on him," former Warriors point guard Tim Hardaway said in June. "This is the team to be on to do that, and he's going to excel.

"He's going to be all right."

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