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What Bob Myers said to wife as Warriors fans booed Joe Lacob at Oracle

What Bob Myers said to wife as Warriors fans booed Joe Lacob at Oracle

The Warriors traded Monta Ellis to the Milwaukee Bucks on March 13, 2012.

Six days later, the franchise retired Chris Mullin's No. 17 jersey during halftime of the game against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

And during that ceremony, the Warriors fans in attendance voiced their displeasure with owner Joe Lacob.

"I remember sitting there that night when Joe was getting boo'd. You're helpless. It was like a mob mentality," general manager Bob Myers said Thursday afternoon on 95.7 The Game's "Bonta, Steiny & Guru" show. "And our fans are some of the best fans in the world. They're not a mean fan base by any stretch. They're a passionate fan base.

"I think they were sitting there going, 'We're tired of the losing, we're tired of the dysfunction.' And they viewed (the trade) as more of the same. And they were pissed. It really tests you. It tests your resolve.

"I was the assistant GM. I sat in my seat, I looked at my wife and said, 'I still think we got this right. I still think we did the right thing.' But in that moment -- your owner is getting lit up and Rick Barry is coming to the rescue, and you're kind of like (laughing), 'What the hell is going on?'"

As Myers and the rest of Dub Nation are well aware -- the Warriors did get it right. Acquiring Andrew Bogut, inserting Klay Thompson into the starting lineup and handing the keys to the franchise over to Steph Curry ...

... worked.

Parting ways with a fan favorite like Monta never is easy. The No. 40 overall pick in the 2005 draft was a great Warrior (he's on my Warriors Ultimate Draft squad).

[RELATED: Warriors' Myers reveals moment he knew Steph was special]

But the organization needed to make a change, and it all worked out in the end.

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Heat guard Tyler Herro studies Warriors' Klay Thompson to improve shot

Heat guard Tyler Herro studies Warriors' Klay Thompson to improve shot

Klay Thompson's shot is that of near perfection. Steph Curry might be regarded as the greatest shooter in NBA history, but his fellow Splash Brother's form is picturesque. 

Miami Heat rookie Tyler Herro is taking note, too. The shooting guard has taken advantage of his time away from the court before the NBA's restart by watching film on Thompson and other greats.

"Klay Thompson, Ray Allen, CJ McCollum, Steve Nash and Bradley Beal are the guys that’s I’ve watched, just picking different things from each player," Herro recently told reporters, via the South Florida Sun Sentinel's Ira Winderman. 

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Herro, 20, is averaging 12.9 points per game for the Heat while shooting an impressive 39.1 percent from 3-point range. As a rookie, Thompson shot 41.4 percent from deep and has a career 41.9 shooting percentage from beyond the arc. They don't make many like Klay. 

Miami's young sharpshooter is studying one specific part of Thompson's game, too.

"You know, Klay and Ray, they do the catch-and-shoot very well," Herro said. "So that's the thing that I pay attention to when I'm watching them. But every player that I watch, or the coaches have me watch, I can dissect something new or something different from their game to try to add it to mine."

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Herro and the Heat resume their season Aug. 1 against the Denver Nuggets in Orlando. In just his first season, he has helped the Heat become a contender as a feared outside shooter and will play a big role once the NBA returns. 

Rested, healthy and full of more knowledge from hours watching film, we'll soon be able to see what exactly Herro picked up from Thompson other great shooters.

Eight things Warriors must do to return to NBA championship contention

Eight things Warriors must do to return to NBA championship contention

Until the current NBA season is completed -- if it ever is -- the Warriors will remain the reigning Western Conference champions. Yes, the 15-50 Golden State Warriors.

Obviously, they didn't come anywhere near their recent level of success this season, ending their season with the worst record in the league after making five straight NBA Finals. That said, the Warriors' roster isn't anywhere near the worst in the NBA. Not even close.

Though it would seem like quite a bounce-back, a Golden State resurgence next season isn't out of the question. In fact, for many reasons, you can bank on it. But resurgence isn't what the Warriors are aiming for. They don't simply want to climb out of the cellar.

They want to win championships.

Though they have many of the key ingredients already in place, some vital developments will have to occur in order for the Warriors to get back to title contention. Some will be more easily accomplished than others, and not all of them are in Golden State's control. But if the Warriors do these eight things, they'll give themselves a chance to lift the Larry O'Brien Trophy once again.

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