In a surprising announcement, Bob Myers revealed that he will be stepping down as the general manager of the Golden State Warriors after an illustrious 12-year tenure. Myers leaves behind a remarkable legacy, having guided the team to four NBA championships during his tenure.
Addressing the media, Myers shared his perspective on the decision, shedding light on the toll that the Warriors’ consistent success had taken. Reflecting on the team’s five consecutive trips to the Finals from 2015 to 2019, he expressed the need to assess what remained after such an extraordinary run.
“The Finals take a lot out of you,” Myers acknowledged. “I had to figure out then what was left. Can I keep doing this and how can I keep doing it?” Myers revealed that discussions with team owner Joe Lacob and the support of his colleagues, including Mike Dunleavy, played a significant role in his decision-making process.
While the decision was personal, Myers emphasized the difficulty of making such a public announcement. He expressed a desire for a more private transition, but understood the nature of his high-profile role.
As the season drew to a close, Myers contemplated whether he possessed the necessary drive and commitment to continue leading the franchise in the manner he deemed essential. The profound introspection guided his decision to step away, acknowledging that he must adhere to his own principles.
With immense respect for his fellow general managers across all sports, Myers recognized that each individual has their own approach. However, his personal conviction demanded a specific mindset and dedication that he was unwilling to compromise.
“I started thinking about it when the season ended and had had thoughts prior,” he said. “But really when the season ended and it has well, people can do it however they want and have great respect for every GM in any sport, they do whatever they want. I know how I have to do it and if I can’t do it that way, I can’t do it.”