And then he fielded questions from reporters. The Warriors’ top personnel decision-maker and most visible face during a bang-up offseason, Myers worked his magic all summer and sat at his August 1 presser a victorious man.
And then he handed his revamped roster over to coach Mark Jackson. Again, figuratively.
In doing so, Myers made it clear that he was pleased with the way he’d transformed the Warriors’ roster. And he’s right to be satisfied—his three draft picks (we’re not counting Ognjen Kuzmic) one trade and three free-agent signings have all been excellent. In just six weeks, he created playoff expectations—maybe even realistic ones. Said Myers:
I called [Jacksonl after the Landry signing, I said, ‘You’ve got something to work with.’ Which I truly believe. And I don’t think he’s running from that challenge. I think he’s embracing it. I think he’s saying: ‘Yeah, I do.’ It’s up to them now to go forward with this group. I don’t know what your guys’ opinions are but I don’t think it’s unfair to ask to go forward and do well with this group of players.
Read between the lines and you’ll see that Myers is sending Jackson a message. He’s telling Jackson that there’ll be no more excuses. The team is deep, balanced and hungry. The assets are in place. Now, after getting a free pass in a rebuilding/tanked 2011-2012, Jackson has to prove he’s worthy of managing them.
Myers wasn’t the man who brought Jackson into this world (former GM Larry Riley presided over his hiring), but he’s the man who’ll take him out of it if Jackson fails. Myers made that message clear on Wednesday.