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Myers to Warriors; Kuester, Rambis on way out

Posted on: April 14, 2011 12:18 am
Joe Lacob has impressed everyone who's dealt with him so far as an outside-the-box thinker. On Wednesday, the Warriors' owner reached outside the typical circle of candidates and found a sharp, creative basketball man who eventually will run his organization. 

High-profile agent Bob Myers will become the latest to make the transition from the representation business to the front office as the Warriors' new assistant general manager, sources confirmed to 

GM Larry Riley will remain in the top spot, but it is clear to those familiar with Lacob's strategy that he envisions Myers eventually taking over the leading role. It is possible that Riley could remain in some capacity when the transition is complete, one of the sources said. 

The move was first reported by San Jose Mercury News. 

Myers, who worked under Arn Tellem at Wasserman Media Group, will renounce his representation ties to all NBA clients. His impressive roster includes such players as Brandon Roy, Tyreke Evans, Kendrick Perkins, Brook Lopez, and DeAndre Jordan. Myers follows in the footsteps of agents-turned executives Jason Levien (formerly with the Kings) and Lon Babby (hired as the Suns' president last summer.) 

The first order of business for the Riley-Myers team will be to decide whether coach Keith Smart will be back for another season. A person familiar with Lacob's strategy said he wants sweeping changes in the long term, but may not be ready to part ways with his coach immediately. Lacob, according to one source, hasn't formed a strong opinion of Smart one way or the other. It could be "a couple of weeks" before the team makes a decision on Smart, according to the source, noting that Lacob wants Myers to "get his feet wet" before making any major decisions. 

The end of the regular season Wednesday night is expected to bring the usual flurry of personnel moves, with Pistons coach John Kuester and Timberwolves coach Kurt Rambis the most likely to be fired, multiple sources told Kuester's firing is widely believed to be a foregone conclusion, though a source said there is "no timetable for anything" the organization is doing due to the pending ownership change. Rambis' tenuous situation did not get any help from GM David Kahn on Wednesday. 

In holding his season-ending news conference before the season was over, Kahn stopped short of providing a vote of confidence for Rambis and said the coach's fate would be decided after the GM meets with owner Glen Taylor in the coming weeks. There seems to be little reason to wait, as two people familiar with the situation told Wednesday that preparations are under way for Rambis to be let go with two years left on his contract. 

Rockets coach Rick Adelman, whose second consecutive season out of the playoffs ended Wednesday night, faces an uncertain future in Houston -- where everyone's contract is up. One person familiar with the situation described Adelman's status Wednesday as "to be determined." 

In Toronto, GM Bryan Colangelo is caught in a dysfunctional situation in which powerful board member Glen Silvestri wants him out. Colangelo had sold ownership on a rebuilding plan in the wake of Chris Bosh leaving for Miami, and "that direction was agreed on," a person familiar with the situation said. But some members of ownership, chiefly Silvestri, are now suffering from what one source described as "convenient amnesia." 

Colangelo's contract expires June 30, and coach Jay Triano also does not have a contract for next season. With the team expected to go up for sale in the next six months, and with a work stoppage looming, it isn't clear how quickly the majority owners will take action. 

Meanwhile, as the Pacers prepare for their first-round playoff series against the top-seeded Bulls, team president Larry Bird remains "conflicted" about his future, a source said. While Bird wants to complete the rebuilding project he undertook with general manager David Morway, there are strong indications that his desire to spend time with his family and get out of the limelight -- where the Hall of Famer has always been a reluctant participant -- is weighing heavily on him. Bird's future directly affects Morway, who is expected to get a shot at the top job if Bird departs. Similarly, interim coach Frank Vogel's future is uncertain, though Vogel has earned the right to receive the first interview if the team embarks on a full-fledged coaching search.

Since: Aug 7, 2010
Posted on: April 25, 2011 10:36 am

Myers to Warriors; Kuester, Rambis on way out

I can't be sure that Kurt is the problem. I wonder could we attract Donnie Walsh to come here? The moves 'Big Brain Kahn Man' has made are at the least confusing to me. He drafted primarily a pick and roll play guard,Flynn, then hired a coach steeped in the triangle that could not play to his strengths. How much did his job hinge on getting Rubio to play here? Kurt was smart to ask for 4 yrs. If I'm Glen I'm asking why do I want to pay Shane Heal again. I can write 2 checks instead of three in order to keep  a guy who has not inspired confidence in reconciling a system with the personnel. Am I seeing the Peter Principle at work here? I only ask because this has been painful to bear and is it absolutely necessary to inflict more pain and suffering? Please Glen, see the light, witness the suffering, stop the bleeding, and to help here is another consideration. It cost you nothing to be rid of Kahn, but another 8 mil or so to let Rambis go. Ask around Glen, ask the basketball people just what sort of grade they give to Kahn. His actions are those of a recognized genius but so far it's hard to discern just what the plan is. There is a plan...isn't there?

Since: Mar 6, 2011
Posted on: April 14, 2011 9:55 pm

Myers to Warriors; Kuester, Rambis on way out

Please Please Please let Rambis go and get someone in who let the young Wolves talent flourish. Love.Flynn, Johnson and Beasley deserve better.

Since: Jan 30, 2011
Posted on: April 14, 2011 10:51 am

Myers to Warriors; Kuester, Rambis on way out

After seeing how Colangelo's former assistant Urjirii handled the Carmelo deal in Denver compared to Colangelo getting NOTHING for Bosh, if you were a responsible owner (and not whatever shill is feeding this crap) you'd be re-assessing things too. Coalngelo hasn't shown he's capable of running a hotdog stand away from his father in Phoenix. ONE good (fluke) year in Toronto and then steadily downhil....chief problems being choice of Triano and the belief that Bosh was a franchise superstar who could carry a team. Those two HUGE mistakes were clear to a lot of people in Toronto and most of us are amazed at the patience MLSE showed Colangelo.

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