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When Jerry West talks, Warriors will listen

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Roster Report · Notes, Quotes · When Jerry West talks, Warriors will listen

The Warriors hired Hall of Famer Jerry West to become an adviser in the franchise's front office and a member of the executive board.

West will work with the basketball operations staff and report directly to Warriors owners Joe Lacob and Peter Guber.

West, 72, spent 18 seasons as the Lakers' general manager and seven in Memphis' front office. He is a two-time NBA executive of the year.

"We are elated to add Jerry West and his incredible list of credentials to our Executive Board," Lacob said. "His accomplishments in this business as both a player and executive are almost beyond comprehension and certainly well-documented. He's simply a winner and, quite honestly, you can never have too many of those in your organization."

West is better known for his accolades on the court, where he was a 14-time All-Star with the Los Angeles Lakers and the inspiration for the NBA's logo. He is one of only seven players in NBA history to play at least 14 seasons in the league and be selected as a member of the All-Star team every year.

The Warriors are in the process of looking for a coach to replace Keith Smart, whose contract was not renewed in April. Under Smart, the Warriors finished the 2010-11 season 36-46, improving their record by 10 games from the year before, but management felt the need to go in a different direction.

Larry Riley was retained as the Warriors' general manager last month, and the team also hired former NBA agent Bob Myers to be the assistant general manager and Riley's eventual successor.

--The Warriors haven't offered their head-coaching position to anyone, but already three leading candidates have said no.

According to various news sources, longtime head coaches Jerry Sloan and Jeff Van Gundy and Spurs assistant Mike Budenholzer turned down Warriors requests to be interviewed for the position.

They were far from the only three men contacted by Warriors co-owner Joe Lacob and general manager Larry Riley.

Even before the second round of the playoffs had ended, the Warriors had interviewed Lakers assistants Brian Shaw and Chuck Person, former Cavaliers head coach Mike Brown and two other current assistants, Lawrence Frank of the Celtics and Dwane Casey of the Mavericks.

Brown reportedly will become the Lakers' new coach.

The Warriors appear to be in competition for some of the candidates with other teams whose offseasons have begun with coaching vacancies.

Shaw, who grew up in the Oakland area, is considered a candidate to replace Phil Jackson in Los Angeles. Frank and Casey are said to be on the Rockets' short list to replace Rick Adelman.

Hornets assistant Michael Malone is another name that has been linked to the Warriors' search.

The Warriors finished the season on an upbeat, beating the Mavericks, Trail Blazers and Lakers in consecutive games in April. But no doubt the most encouraging thing that occurred all season in fact didn't happen during the season at all. When a group led by Joe Lacob acquired the Warriors from Chris Cohan last summer, Golden State fans began to believe again. Adding David Lee and Dorell Wright along the way helped in the rebirth as well.

As with the Season Highlight, this occurred in the offseason as well. When Stephen Curry sprained his ankle in the lead-up to the World Championships, Warriors fans held their collective breath. It appeared he would have time to make a full recovery before Opening Night, but Curry reinjured the ankle in the final preseason game, a precursor to having to sit out games in two stretches early in the season because of subsequent flare-ups. Curry's minutes were limited most of the season and he never really recaptured his rookie season's magic, which many attribute to an ankle that was never 100 percent.

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