Golden State Warriors GM Bob Myers is a man who means what he says. And despite his brief tenure in the Warriors' front office, he's clearly being taken very seriously by the rest of the NBA.
Remember when Myers made it abundantly clear that re-signing Brandon Rush was a top priority and that the Warriors would match any offer sheet Rush got from another team? Nobody called Myers' bluff on that one—Rush received no other offers, and the Warriors brought him back at a team-friendly salary.
Then, a couple of weeks ago, Myers said flat-out: "we're going to sign a player." By the end of July, the Warriors agreed with Carl Landry on a two-year deal. In that same press conference, Myers told reporters that the Warriors would even flirt with the luxury tax if it meant bringing in a difference-maker. Well, for the first time ever, the Warriors are now slightly over the tax after the Landry signing.
The takeaway here is that Myers isn't afraid to speak frankly, a real departure from most front-office types. More importantly, he's backed every word with action so far.
Which is why Mark Jackson's seat just got a little hotter.
In a press conference on August 1, Myers had this to say to the media:
But I told Mark [Jackson]. I called him 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.
As usual, Myers spoke plainly. He's made it clear to his head coach that the team now has enough talent to win. In other words: Mark Jackson can't make excuses this year if the Warriors' aren't successful.
Couple Myers' statement with the single-minded dedication to winning demonstrated by Warriors ownership, and it's pretty clear that they're not going to suffer incompetence.
Jackson didn't get to play with a full deck last year, which earned him a pass from management. After all, the team was in all-out tank mode after trading Monta Ellis in March.
But now, the writing's on the wall. Myers worked all summer to assemble the most balanced, exciting Warriors roster in years. And now he's handing it over to Jackson—and telling him not to screw it up.
Jackson's aware of the very capable and highly coveted Mike Malone right behind him and must know that now's the time to prove his worth. And as Myers said, the talent is there now. It'll be up to Jackson to use it correctly.
If he can't, expect Myers to continue to do what he's always done: stay true to his word.