It was the game that dominated conversations in the Bay Area and among NBA fans for at a least a week after the final buzzer sounded.
The Oklahoma City Thunder led for all of the first half against the Champs, ESPN’s Lisa Salters reported after halftime that a player – later confirmed as Draymond Green – engaged in a screaming match with coaches and fellow players and Stephen Curry was forced to miss time due to a tweaked ankle that has been a reason for concern in the past. And who could forget the shot that ensured the Dubs’ 53rd win in 58 tries?
And Warriors general manager Bob Myers wasn’t there to witness it. Instead he was watching the game with his father.
“The worst thing to do, for me as a general manager, is to watch your team play on the road. I hate it. I hate it. It’s the worst,” Myers said on Zach Lowe’s podcast for ESPN. “In the arena there is so much better because you actually trick yourself into thinking you have some impact, which you have zero. I’m well aware, I’m not a moron, I know I have no impact on really any game we play, home or road. … When you’re through a TV screen, it feels too far away.”
Myers didn’t reveal much about how he felt after learning of Green’s spat with coaches during the game. He said he preferred to deal with something like that when he could actually talk to people who could make an impact.
But, shortly after it was reported, he had to watch his star player head to the locker room with an apparent ankle injury, making matters worse for Myers’ peace of mind. After receiving a text message from a trainer who said Steph was going to test the injury and likely return, Myers questioned if he should.
“That’s why we live in a world of paranoia as a general manager because that’s a game I absolutely wish I was at for a variety of reasons,” he said. “I would wanted have seen [what happened at] halftime, seen Steph coming out of the game and going back in, talk to everyone afterwards. And obviously as a fan, it was an unbelievable game.”
Who wouldn’t wish they were at this game?
Other quotable moments from Myers’ appearance on the Lowe Post:
On his level of activity despite putting together possibly the best team of all time: “People do think if your team is trending well that you’re not doing anything, you actually do the same amount in a way, except for the trade deadline, I’ll admit that was not that busy.”
On the fan’s desire for instant analysis: “The more I’ve been around the NBA, Zach, the more I realize that one of my favorite fables is the Tortoise and the Hare. I think we’re so quick to just anoint the hare with a victory in all the things that happen – whether it’s ‘this guy had a great rookie year, he’s going to be a hall of fame player’; or, this trade in the first four games, you grade it; or this draft pick, 10 minutes after the guy’s drafted, A+. Hang on a second.”
On Steph being a bargain as the team’s fifth-highest paid player: “I don’t begrudge anybody for wanting to get paid what they fairly deserve, that’s totally fine in every profession including NBA basketball players. But that’s not life. Life doesn’t work that way, and if you think it does, wake up because it doesn’t. At some level, in your life, whether you’re a basketball player or you’re doing anything, you’re going to find yourself paid less than someone you’re better than. … What does that mean? How do you respond to that? How do you live within that? You could call that a form of adversity if you want to. … If you have the right people, it shouldn’t [affect the locker room], but again, if you have the wrong people, it will.”