Bob Myers, the general manager and president of basketball operations for the Golden State Warriors, has announced that he will be leaving the team after 11 successful seasons. Myers, who played a significant role in the team’s four NBA championships, revealed his decision to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski on Tuesday. His departure will occur when his contract expires at the end of June.

The news came as a surprise to many, as Myers declined ownership’s offers on a new deal that would have made him one of the highest-paid executives in the NBA. It is reported that Warriors owner Joe Lacob intends to give more prominent roles to his son, Kirk, who is an executive VP of basketball operations, and Mike Dunleavy Jr., who is the VP of basketball operations, following Myers’ departure.

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Bob Myers initially joined the Warriors organization in 2011 as an assistant GM, with the expectation of apprenticing under then-GM Larry Riley for a few years. However, he quickly rose through the ranks and was promoted to GM after just one year. From there, Myers played a pivotal role in building a team that achieved the Warriors’ best playoff run in 36 years during the 2012-13 NBA season.

During his time with the Warriors, Myers was twice named NBA Executive of the Year. He is widely recognized as the mastermind behind the team’s dynasty, which brought four championships to the Bay Area. Myers was responsible for hiring Steve Kerr as the team’s head coach in 2014, and his influence can be seen in the team’s success over the past decade.

The impact of Myers’ departure will undoubtedly be felt within the Warriors organization. He is a unique executive whose words carry weight with the players, offering support and guidance both on and off the court. His ability to have open and honest conversations with players, including superstar Stephen Curry, has been highly valued.

While Myers has yet to announce his future plans, it has been reported that he does not intend to join another team and instead desires a break from the demanding world of professional basketball. He has informed Kerr, Curry, Draymond Green, and Klay Thompson of the possibility of his departure in recent days.

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With Myers’ departure, the Warriors face a new set of challenges as they prepare for the 2023-24 NBA season. The team’s recent second-round playoff exit raises questions about the roster and potential changes. However, the uncertainty surrounding Myers’ future is no longer a concern, allowing the organization to focus on addressing other crucial matters.

The search for his replacement will be an important task for the organization as they strive to maintain their winning culture and pursuit of excellence.