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."
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."