Golden State Warriors GM Bob Myers was named NBA Executive of the Year in 2014-15 — and he was just getting started. During the Las Vegas summer league, the former agent Myers sat down courtside after an abysmal shooting quarter by the Warriors (they went 4-for-18). But Myers could laugh at the failure. He can laugh at anything now. Myers hasn’t stopped smiling — on the inside, at least — since the Warriors signed Kevin Durant, a move Myers calls “surreal.” Myers says his Durant joy has been mitigated by having to trade Andrew Bogut, etc., but, you know, c’mon.
What was the proposition that did it? Every organization with a basket wanted Kevin Durant in uniform — what secret sauce did Myers spice the drink with? It wasn’t as complex as you’d think, he says, despite the logistics, the emotions and the millions of dollars at stake. In an interview at NBA.com, Myers broke it down the way Durant sometimes breaks down a defense: “It wasn’t as scripted as some might think. It’s basketball. It’s not that complicated. We’re a basketball team. ‘Do you want to come play for our basketball team?’ Then we figure out how to do it.”