Golden State Warriors WiretapApril 2011 Golden State Warriors Wiretap

Warriors Put Plan In Place To Restore Biedrins' Confidence

Apr 30, 2011 4:35 PM

In a two-hour chat with Andris Biedrins and his agent, Bill Duffy, Warriors general manager Larry Riley outlined a complete physical and mental training program for Biedrins to follow this summer.

"It's time to take actions that will get him moving in the right direction," Riley said. "Basically, we're going to rebuild his confidence."

Already a hyper sensitive guy, Biedrins has had plenty of reasons to lose confidence.

Biedrins averaged 190 free-throw attempts a season from 2006-09, but, after shooting a historically low 16 percent from the foul line in 2009-10, Biedrins has shied away from the ball - getting to the line just 56 times in the past two seasons combined.

"Our plan doesn't deal with just the physical aspects. It encompasses the complete rebuilding of his confidence," Riley said. "He's embarrassed, and I put the onus on him. He has to dig in on this, and we're going to support him in every way that we can."

Rusty Simmons/San Francisco Chronicle

Tags: Andris Biedrins, Golden State Warriors, NBA

Warriors GM Larry Riley Expects To Make Playoffs Next Season

Apr 29, 2011 3:53 PM

Warriors general manager Larry Riley, who was more willing to say the roster flaws were his fault than to talk about coach Keith Smart's on-court failures, assesses the team's needs as a center, a big guard and a legitimate sixth man who will probably be a wing player.

"I think next year we should be in the playoffs," Riley said. "We're not (a playoff roster) right now. It will be a playoff roster."
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."

Rusty Simmons/San Francisco Chronicle

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Golden State Fires Coach Keith Smart

Apr 27, 2011 3:23 PM

The Golden State Warriors have informed Head Coach Keith Smart that he will not be retained for the 2011-12 season, the team announced today. Smart, who was named head coach of the Warriors on September 27, 2010, led Golden State to a 36-46 record during the recently-completed 2010-11 NBA season.
“It’s never easy to make difficult decisions, especially when it involves someone that we have a great deal of respect for like Keith Smart,” said Warriors Owner Joe Lacob.  “After meeting extensively with Larry Riley and Bob Myers, we came to the conclusion that a change was necessary at this particular time.  I think Keith did an admirable job this season and he should be commended for many of the positive things that transpired both on and off the floor.  The team showed improvement and their effort was never in question.  However, we’ve elected to pursue a new path and we wish Keith the very best.  He’s a quality person and we thank him for the time he invested with our organization.”

Press Release

Tags: Golden State Warriors, NBA, NBA Misc Official Transaction

Warriors Unlikely To Retain Keith Smart

Apr 27, 2011 4:33 AM

The status of Keith Smart as head coach of the Warriors is expected to be resolved this week.

A team source said a decision is expected within the next two or three days, and another source "wouldn't be surprised if he's let go (Wednesday)."

Smart, when contacted Tuesday, said he hadn't heard anything from management.

Smart had only one guaranteed year on his contract and the team has an option for 11-12.

San Jose Mercury News

Tags: Golden State Warriors, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Sharks Looking To Assist In Bringing NBA Team To San Jose

Apr 15, 2011 4:51 PM

The owners of the San Jose Sharks and the HP Pavilion arena appear to making moves to bring an NBA team to San Jose.

Mayor Chuck Reed of San Jose told Yahoo! Sports that Silicon Valley Sports & Entertainment Enterprises reached out to the Maloof brothers, owners of the Kings, about bringing the franchise to San Jose to no avail as the Maloofs are intent on moving to Anaheim.

The HP Pavilion holds 18,500 seats for basketball with 66 suites. It is located within an hour drive from Oracle Arena where the Warriors play.

“We have all the ingredients for [basketball],” Reed said. “We just need someone that wants to buy a team and put them in the arena. That’s all.”

Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Golden State Warriors, Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Warriors Expect Myers To Eventually Become GM

Apr 15, 2011 4:40 PM

Golden State owner Joe Lacob admitted that the team hired Bob Myers as assistant general manager with a succession plan in place, even though there are no guarantees.

"Bob would be expected to ascend to the general manager role," said Lacob.

"There are no guarantees. He and I have had very frank discussions. He’s going to see how he likes it, we’re going to see how we like him and we’ll take it from there."

Lacob also talked about the logic behind hiring Myers, which has been a widely praised move in the media.

"We’re very strong in talent evaluation and you could argue that what we probably don’t have strength in is experience in negotiationg contracts and the rolodex and all that other stuff that some of you have pointed out," said Lacob.

"We thought it would be better to find someone fresh and new who really was a superstar in his own right.

Bob Myers is somebody Danny Ainge introduced me to quite some time ago. I was very impressed with him and kept him in the back of my mind."

Mercury News

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Josh Selby Draws Comparison To Monta Ellis

Apr 15, 2011 10:30 AM

Joe Abunassar, owner and lead trainer for Impact Basketball in Las Vegas, sees a little bit of Monta Ellis in Josh Selby. Selby is working out at Abunasser's training facility in preparation for the draft.

“Probably the closest comparison I can make is Monta Ellis,” Abunassar told Andy Samuelson, who interviewed him Wednesday for the Journal-World. “I trained him for the draft. Josh has a combination of skills, explosiveness and strength that you just don’t find very often. The way he controls his body is much like Monta did, where he moves in a very unusual way.”

Abunassar considers Selby a combo guard.

“Great change of speeds off ball screens,” Abunassar said. “He can handle the ball. His knowledge of the game is excellent. He sees the floor very, very well.”

Tom Keegan/Lawrence Journal World

Tags: Josh Selby, Monta Ellis, Golden State Warriors, Kansas Jayhawks, Big 12 Conference, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

Riley Receives Extension Through 2013 From Golden State

Apr 14, 2011 3:43 AM

Despite hiring Bob Myers as assistant GM, the Warriors will give current general manager Larry Riley a contract extension through 2013.

Riley, originally hired as an assistant coach under Don Nelson, was an assistant general manager under Chris Mullin for the 08-09 season and took over when Mullin was not extended before the 09-10 season.

San Francisco Chronicle

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Players Support Retention Of Keith Smart

Apr 14, 2011 3:40 AM

Keith Smart's future as head coach of the Warriors is uncertain, but he does have support from his players.

"Consistency is important," Stephen Curry said. "When you're trying to build something, you want to keep things together. All the change and turnover works against you. It's good when you have the same message and you can build chemistry and grow together."

Owner Joe Lacob and general manager Larry Riley declined to give an assessment on Smart, saying only that they will evaluate after the season. The common speculation is ownership will let go of Smart in favor of a bigger name with more experience.

San Jose Mercury News

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Warriors Hire Agent Bob Myers As Assistant GM

Apr 14, 2011 2:50 AM

Prominent NBA player agent Bob Myers has agreed to become the assistant GM of the Warriors as part of the new franchise owners’ plan to groom him to take over the front office, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

Larry Riley is currently Golden State's general manager and was given an extension through 2013 on Wednesday.

Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Golden State Warriors, NBA, NBA Official Signing

Ellis Done For Season Following Head Injury
A CT Scan on Monta Ellis was negative.

RealGM Staff Report