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Why Warriors' nightmare season wasn't more stressful for Myers

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After reaching the NBA Finals five straight years -- and winning three titles during that span -- the Warriors had the worst record in the league (15-50) during the 2019-20 season.

Plain and simple, it was not a fun campaign.

So then clearly it was one of the most challenging years for Bob Myers since he became Golden State's general manager in April 2012?

"Ummmm, nahhhhh. It depends," he recently said on the "Bridge to Bridge" podcast. "You look at it from a fan perspective -- yeah. But from mine, it's a chance to rewrite the script a little bit.

"It's challenging just keeping things status quo. That's hard -- to keep everybody connected and together. Maybe it seems simpler. But the last five years -- that's keeping everybody at the dinner table happy, and the dinner is going on a long time.

"Now, we're shifting out chairs and people. Maybe it's harder, but I don't know that it's more stressful. Actually, I don't feel like that. I feel like you got a chance to do more things."

This is interesting and in line with what Myers has said over the last couple of years. Making deep playoff runs from 2015 to 2019 was exhausting for everybody within the franchise, and took an emotional toll.

Having no pressure or expectations last season allowed the two-time NBA Executive of the Year to take a little bit of a deep breath, and plot out the franchise's future.

 

The main order of business was trading D'Angelo Russell to the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for Andrew Wiggins and the Wolves' 2021 top-three protected first-round pick (and their second-rounder).

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And when it comes to the upcoming offseason, the expectation is that Myers certainly has the "chance to do more things." The Warriors have the No. 2 overall pick in the 2020 draft, a $17.2 million traded player exception, the $6 million-ish taxpayer mid-level exception and the aforementioned draft assets from Minnesota.

The front office won't have to deal with the "hard cap" situation, and could be in position to strike a blockbuster trade.

So if Myers gets the green light from ownership to be quite aggressive, it's very safe to assume that filling out the Dubs' roster will be a fun endeavor for the Bay Area native.

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