OAKLAND –- When the Warriors reconvened at their downtown facility late Wednesday afternoon not only were all coaches and players in attendance but also general manager Bob Myers, who was wearing sweats and shooting hoops.
We repeat: Wearing sweats and shooting hoops –- not sitting in an office with his phone to his ear.
With the NBA trade deadline looming at noon Thursday, it is safe to assume, then, the Warriors are being fairly passive. They like their roster and they really like where they are, a league-best 48-4, with the other 29 teams well to the rear.
“I don’t see any reason to change anything,” coach Steve Kerr said. “We’re doing pretty well.
“But that’s Bob’s department,” he added. “We’ll see what Bob says.”
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Myers wasn’t made available but he engaged in an impromptu game with a few team staffers. He also has implied there is no need to shuffle the roster. Fresh out of the All-Star break, it’s apparent other teams are trying to solve the Warriors.
Yet there always is the possibility something will materialize that will be worth pursuing. There still is a chance the Warriors could get involved. But it’s unlikely.
“You have conversations; I had Bob’s job once,” Kerr said, referring to his three-year stint as GM of the Phoenix Suns. “Everybody is talking to everybody. You have to take phone calls. I doubt Bob is making many, but I’m sure he’s taking some and you always have to listen.”
Most of the talk, however, is among teams seeking to adjust their rosters to better compete with the Warriors. They are a combined 8-0 against the Spurs, Cavaliers, Thunder, Raptors and Clippers –- the only other teams with at least 35 wins.
“It’s got to be something real incredible for us to make a move right now,” Draymond Green said, adding that he was “speaking as the GM.”
Contrary to so many previous seasons with this franchise, this is an occasion when they have no glaring deficiencies. The one injured rotation player, backup center Festus Ezeli, is expected back before the playoffs begin in mid-April.
“You never know what happens in this business,” starting center Andrew Bogut said. “I’ve been on teams that were playing very well before the All-Star break, and they blew it up. And I’ve been that were horrible and they didn’t do anything.”
If the Warriors do anything, it’ll have to come to Myers. He’s not chasing it.
“I don’t think we’ll do anything,” Bogut said. “Bob was at practice today walking around on the court, the whole practice. Guys were like, ‘What are you doing here?’ “
He was watching the best team in the league go back to work, perhaps wondering if there was a way to improve it without disrupting its rhythm.