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Posted on: February 9, 2012 9:50 pm
Edited on: February 9, 2012 9:51 pm
 

Rockets & Warriors GMs admit Jeremy Lin mistakes

Jeremy Lin is making his former GMs look bad. (Getty Images)
Posted by Ben Golliver 

How crazy is this Jeremy Lin story? So crazy that two NBA general managers have publicly admitted that letting him go was a mistake.

Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey took to Twitter on Thursday morning to cop his plea.

"We should have kept Jeremy Lin," Morey wrote. "Did not know he was this good.Anyone who says they knew [is] misleading you... Really happy Jeremy Lin. Very hard working, nice, & humble. He has a great, great future." 

Then, in an interview with the New York Times, Golden State Warriors GM Larry Riley did the same.
“We always felt there would be some chance he’d be a backup point guard,” said Larry Riley, the Warriors general manager. “I have egg on my face in telling you that I did not think he was going to become a starting point guard with a good team. He’s doing that right now.”
Lin, the Knicks' Taiwanese-American point guard sensation, has scored 23 or more points in three straight games to help lead New York to consecutive wins over the New Jersey Nets, Utah Jazz and Washington Wizards.

Undrafted out of Harvard, Lin earned his first NBA contract with the Warriors after impressing at the 2010 NBA Summer League while playing for a team affiliated with the Dallas Mavericks. Lin wound up playing in just 29 games for Golden State, averaging 2.6 points and 1.4 assists in just 9.8 minutes per game.

When the Warriors released him prior to the 2011-2012 season, Lin signed briefly with the Rockets, but was released before he could appear in a single game. 

The Knicks wound up claiming Lin off of waivers on Dec. 27, and the rest is history.

And this really is history. Basketball operations executives admit mistakes at a rate of approximately one per lifetime. For the same player to produce two admissions of error in less than 24 hours is almost certainly a league record.
Posted on: May 20, 2011 12:13 pm
Edited on: May 20, 2011 12:55 pm
 

Jerry West takes role with Warriors

Jerry West joins Warriors in advisement capacity.

Posted by Matt Moore


After Jerry West walked away from the Grizzlies after years as an adviser after a successful stint as GM, Jerry West has maintained that he's through with official roles in basketball.  That stance has apparently changed as West has agreed to join the Golden State Warriors in an advisory role. From the Mercury News
 
Jerry West, one of the most respected executives in NBA history, has agreed to join the Warriors front office in a non-decision-making, advisory role, multiple NBA sources confirmed tonight.

An announcement is expected within a few days.

West’s exact title has not yet been formalized, but he is expected to be reporting to co-owners Joe Lacob and Peter Guber and possibly act as a sounding board in many areas.
via Jerry West set to join Warriors front office, according to multiple NBA sources | Talking Points.

West has helped make two franchises into playoff teams at least, so adding him to the Warriors is an indication that Lacob is serious about doing what it takes to make the team legit. It's an interesting group of individuals being ammassed in the collective at the top of the ladder for Golden State as West joins General Manager Riley and former agent Bob Myers. But with roles clearly defined, it just means more brain power for a team that badly needs some coordination at the top as it works to reconfigure the roster to a more defensive squad. 

Update: From the Warriors' presser on the announcement: 

“I’m really pleased that we were able to add someone the caliber of Jerry West to our organization,” said Warriors’ Co-Owner Peter Guber. “He has earned great respect in all circles, including the entire entertainment field, and his business savvy will serve us well and prove invaluable. Overall, his career has been nothing short of remarkable and his name alone has become synonymous with winning and success. I could sense his love for the game and tremendous passion during our meetings in recent weeks and I think his attitude will be infectious. He will be a tremendous resource for us in this particular role and it is also a position that suits Jerry very well at this stage of his life.”

“I’m excited about this opportunity and, quite frankly, humbled that the new ownership group with the Warriors inquired about my interest in joining the organization in this capacity,” said West. “I’ve had the good fortune to work for two wonderful owners, Dr. Jerry Buss and Michael Heisley, as an executive and I know that you must have a commitment at the top to succeed. I sense that is certainly the case with the Warriors or I would not have made this decision. This role is appealing at this particular time because it will provide me an opportunity to remain close to the game and contribute to an organization in a meaningful, all-encompassing manner. It had to be the right situation with the right group of people and this opportunity certainly meets those criteria. I’ve been extremely impressed with Joe Lacob, Peter Guber and the members of the Basketball Operations staff during our conversations and I’m looking forward to working with them and other members of the Warriors’ organization as we move forward.” 
Posted on: April 29, 2011 10:04 pm
 

Warriors want a complete overhaul

Warriors' GM says personnel changes towards defensive strength must happen along with new coach mindset. 
Posted by Matt Moore

Thursday we mentioned how Larry Riley was looking for a coach with better defensive principles, and we questioned how that was going to happen, given their personnel. Turns out, Riley turned around and acknowledged that there were going to be personnel changes. Defense has to be brought in, and the time is now. 
From SFGate.com: 
In what hinted at a major change in philosophy, Riley noted that all of the potential additions have to be better defenders. He even seemed open to slowing his preferred uptempo style offense.

"That doesn't mean I have to go get a defensive guru to coach," Riley said. "Our defense has to improve, but that's not necessarily the model for the coach. ...

"We do like the uptempo game, because the roster is geared that way. That could change, if we change the roster as well as the coach."
via Housecleaning ongoing for Warriors GM Riley.

So the objective then is to try and build a transition roster that doesn't clash with the uptempo pieces they have in place but can also play defense. That's a tough, but not impossible order. Fast-pace teams tend to give up more points and offensive rebounds by way of the system. But a team like Indiana is a good example of a team with young, athletic talent who play solid defense and have the fifth highest pace. And we saw what kind of promising future they've got in their first-round series against Chicago, albeit a brief one. 

If the Warriors want to put the pointless speed years behind them and move towards a more-balanced, while still fast future, making these kinds of adoptions are a great way to start. The only question is what they'll have to give up to start adding those types of players. 


Posted on: April 28, 2011 2:57 pm
Edited on: April 29, 2011 1:56 pm
 

Warriors short list: looking for a powerless hand

Warriors short list includes several former head coaches, but seeks to give them "minimal input" over personnel decisions. Huh?
Posted by Matt Moore

With Keith Smart ousted in Golden State, the search naturally begins for his replacement. The next coach will be inheriting a roster built for speed, with defensive liabilities at multiple positions and a lot of guys that like to shoot... well, a lot. So who's on the early short list? From the Contra-Costa Times' Marcus Thompson.
Riley said the Warriors havent contacted anyone yet and dont have a timetable for hiring a new coach, though he said it wouldnt hurt to have one by the NBA draft, which is June 23.

He declined to reveal whom the Warriors have on their shortlist, but multiple sources -- from the team and in NBA circles -- said they believe former Cleveland coach Mike Brown and assistant coaches Dwane Casey of Dallas, Mike Budenholzer of San Antonio and Lawrence Frank of Boston are on that list. Casey and Frank are also former NBA head coaches.

One team source said the Warriors have an eye on former Utah coach Jerry Sloan. But thats considered a long shot, as the legendary coach isnt expected to come out of retirement for a rebuilding franchise.
via Head coach Keith Smart is one and done with Golden State Warriors - ContraCostaTimes.com.

Those are all pretty standard choices, and the move towards a more grounded, defensive-centric coach is evident. Frank was brought in to replace Tom Thibodeau in Boston, Brown is known most notably for his defensive work. Perhaps most interesting, though, is this snippet from Kawakami later: 

Riley suggested that a new coach will have only minimal input over player personnel. He will be expected to significantly improve the defense and get into the 2012 playoffs.

 Riley has been the one splitting responsibilities with Don Nelson, and handed a new contract to David Lee. So for this to be a move towards more autonomy in decision making smells like a power grab in a vaccuum. Furthermore, how does that mesh with the pursuit of veteran coaches, most of whom are going to want significant influence over personnel? You can't hire a defensive coach, give him a bunch of defensive-liability offense-centric players and say "Go get 'em!" There's got to be some level of balance going forward. 
Posted on: February 16, 2011 12:14 am
Edited on: February 16, 2011 12:16 am
 

Warriors GM: lots of trade chatter, no substance

Golden State Warriors GM Larry Riley says this year's trade chatter lacks substance. Posted by Ben Golliver. larry-riley-warriors

Earlier Tuesday, we noted statements made by Portland Trail Blazers GM Rich Cho, who said that he feels trade talks are being held up by the uncertainty surrounding Denver Nuggets All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony and that things likely wouldn't pick up until next week.

Also on Tuesday, Golden State Warriors GM Larry Riley sang the same tune, telling the Mercury News that this year's trading season has been a lot of hot air so far.
"There’s a lot of chatter, but not a lot of substance to the chatter ... And it seems that a lot of teams actually positioned themselves last summer to get ready for what’s going on right now. So then there’s some reluctance to move away from the plans they put into place at that time. ... Now, things will Heat up. As people get closer to the deadline, deadlines tend to draw people out."
Also of note, Riley said that interest in expiring contracts this year appears to have wained.
"If you look at what has been done—Toronto acquires Peja Stojakovic and then apparently saw no value in having him as an expiring contract. And that philosophy looks to be in place with a lot of teams."
Aside from some foolish, back-tracked hypoethetical chatter regarding Stephen Curry and Monta Ellis from their new owner, the Warriors haven't found themselves in many trade rumors this year. 

With a 24-29 record as of Tuesday night, Golden State's chance of making a playoff push in the jam-packed Western Conference are remote. Taking on additional salary heading into a potential lockout would seem to be a risky proposition for any team, and the Warriors have already locked themselves into long-term deals for Ellis, David Lee and Andris Biederins, so any flexibility they can create will be at a premium. 

Given that the Warriors are currently over the cap and have two sizeable contracts coming off their books this summer -Vladimir Radmanovic and Dan Gadzuric - they might be best served to simply wait things out prior to the deadline, opting to enjoy that salary cap relief themselves and test their luck in the NBA Draft Lottery.
 
 
 
 
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