Golden State Warriors WiretapMay 2009 Golden State Warriors Wiretap

Will Warriors Make A Run At Baron?

May 26, 2009 9:26 PM

The Warriors are reportedly one of the teams that are expected to make a play for Baron Davis this offseason.

Davis' first season with the Clippers was highly unsuccessful.

Golden State has the seventh overall pick, which Pro Basketball News reports could be used as part of a package for their former point guard.

Pro Basketball News

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Crawford Has No Supporters In Golden State?

May 22, 2009 4:28 PM

During a conference call with season ticket holders, it became obvious that Jamal Crawford lacks any supporters in Golden State.

The call featured Warriors president Robert Rowell and general manager Larry Riley.

Marcus Thompson of the Contra Costa Times recapped the call on Thursday night.

"Jamal Crawford is outta here. Riley sounded like he shared [coach Don] Nelson's sentiments that Crawford isn't a fit. So count him among the players being shopped heavily this summer. He did say Crawford wouldn't be just given away, though," Thompson wrote.

Contra Costa Times

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PR Boss Posts Fake Comments On Warriors Fan Board

May 22, 2009 2:30 PM

Warriors executive director of public relations Raymond Ridder acknowledged to the Mercury News on Friday that he was the author of an anonymous comment posted Thursday afternoon to the fan site that defended Warriors management.

In the comment, signed as ?Flunkster Dude,? Ridder wrote that he appreciated that afternoon?s season-ticket-holder conference call, conducted by GM Larry Riley, team president Robert Rowell and broadcaster Bob Fitzgerald.

?I actually enjoyed the call and appreciate their honesty,? the Flunkster Dude wrote.

Ridder helped setup the call itself.

?It was 100% me. And I?ll take 100% responsibility, if anybody thinks I did anything wrong,? Ridder said. ?It was completely on my own. I?ve never been told to do anything by anybody here. It was just me.

?It was nothing malicious at all. I just wanted to get the conversation going in a positive direction?I thought we had a good conference call, I had some good conversations with some season-ticket-holders, then I got to my office and I looked on the internet and all I saw was negative comments, complaints, nothing positive.

?From my standpoint, I just wanted to get some positive things going. When I saw all the negative comments, I wanted to chime in. That?s all.?

Here is the comment Ridder posted anonymously:

I think we are all so mezmerized by what we read in the paper and take it as gospel. I actually enjoyed the call and appreciate their honesty, even if everything was not what we wanted to hear. I would like to hear from them more often. I have already renewed and are part of the 70%, so I will hope for the best from section 121??

Ridder said he has not commented on any other sites, specifically noting he has never commented anonymously on any media sites and adding that none of his bosses has ever directed to do anything of the sort.

Mercury News

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Blog Suggests Warriors Will Pursue Bosh

May 14, 2009 6:59 PM

In a vague and unsubstantiated blog post, Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News suggests that the Warriors will pursue Chris Bosh via a possible trade.  Golden State also showed interest in the Raptors' All-Star at the trade deadline.

Kawakami suggests some potential deals, but later appeared to realize that they would be impossible according to the rules of the CBA.

Kawakami famously wrote on repeated occasions that Monta Ellis would never play for the Warriors again and would demand to be traded, which was proven inaccurate.

Mercury News

Tags: Golden State Warriors, Toronto Raptors, NBA

Warriors Now Have NBA's Lowest Paid GM

May 14, 2009 2:00 AM

Larry Riley is making between $700k-$800k per season, according to a report from the Mercury News.

The average salary of an NBA general manager is approximately $1.5 million and the previous low salary belonged to Sam Presti at approximately $900k.

Chris Mullin, Golden State's previous general manager, was making around $1.5 million.

Mercury News

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Warriors New GM Isn't Nelson's 'Puppet'

May 13, 2009 3:19 PM

The theme of the press conference to introduce Larry Riley as the new general manager of the Warriors was that he isn't coach Don Nelson's puppet.

"That's already out there. We were joined at the hip when we came out here," Riley said of his relationship with Nelson. "Does Nellie dictate my life? No. Is he a good friend? Yes. Do I listen to him? Yes. If I have to make a counter decision, I'll make it."

Riley's hiring officially closes out the Chris Mullin era in Golden State.

"We've been to the playoffs one time in the last five years, and that's not acceptable," team president Robert Rowell said, referring to Mullin's time with the club. "Our fans deserve better than that, and we deserve the opportunity to get out there and win basketball games. And we're going to do that.

"We've committed too many resources over the course of the last several years not to do so. We're going to continue to commit those resources and we're going to expect that we win and that we provide our fans with the best entertainment and product on the floor."

Contra Costa Times

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Mullin The Favorite For Knick Job

May 12, 2009 8:16 AM

After being let go by the Golden State Warriors, Chris Mullin could end up in the Knicks' organization.

"A person familiar with the Knicks' thinking said that Mullin is the favorite to land the director of basketball operations job," writes Frank Isola.

But on Monday night, Donnie Walsh said that he "would not be thinking of the front office until after the draft," which will take place June 26.

New York Daily News

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Warriors Let Mullin Go, Name Riley GM

May 11, 2009 7:42 PM

The Golden State Warriors announced today that the club has elected not to renew the contract of Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations Chris Mullin.  In a related move, the team has named Larry Riley as the club?s new General Manager.  
?It?s never an easy decision to make a change,? said Warriors? President Robert Rowell.  ?This case is compounded by the fact it involves Chris Mullin -- someone who has provided Bay Area fans with many great memories over the years, as both a player and executive.  He?s a class individual who will always be remembered for his accomplishments with the Warriors organization.?

Mullin, 45, was named Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations on April 22, 2004, and his current contract is set to expire on June 30.   He has spent the last five years in that position after spending two years as a Special Assistant with the club.   Prior to his front office tenure, Mullin spent 13 years of his 16-year NBA career with the Warriors, highlighted by five NBA All-Star Game appearances.  He retired following the 2000-01 season.

Press Release

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Warriors Interested In Making Deal For Kirilenko?

May 6, 2009 10:36 AM

The Golden State Warriors are interested in making a trade for Utah forward Andrei Kirilenko, according to a report in the Contra Costa Times.

Contra Costa Times

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