Golden State Warriors Promote Kirk Lacob To Assistant General Manager

Bob Myers is the new general manager of the Golden State Warriors after getting promoted from the assistant GM job, and now Kirk Lacob is the new Assistant GM.

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Golden State Warriors Promote Kirk Lacob To Assistant GM

The Golden State Warriors continue to make moves in their front office as the team announced on Monday that they have pormoted majority owner Jor Lacob's son Kirk to the position of assistant GM.

Per the team's press release:

The Golden State Warriors have promoted Kirk Lacob to the position of Assistant General Manager, the team announced today.

In this role, Lacob will report directly to General Manager Bob Myers, while assisting with all aspects of the team's day-to-day basketball operations. He joins Travis Schlenk, who was promoted to Assistant General Manager/Director of Player Personnel prior to last season, on Myers' front office staff.

Lacob has spent the last two seasons as Golden State's Director of Basketball Operations, supporting on a variety of front office roles, including player personnel evaluation, draft preparation and scouting, as well as helping to further the use of statistics and technologies in basketball operations. He has also served as the team's player development representative with the league office, coordinating and implementing programs to aid in the overall development of players both on and off the court.

In addition to his role with the Warriors, Lacob is the General Manager of the Dakota Wizards, the Warriors-owned NBA Development League affiliate. He was named GM of the Wizards in August of 2011. As GM of the Wizards, Lacob is instrumental in all aspects of the team's operations, including roster formation as well as basketball and business operations. During his first season as General Manager, the Wizards qualified for the D-League Playoffs after finishing tied for first place in the Eastern Conference with a 29-21 regular season record.

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Golden State Warriors Promoting Bob Myers Is The Right Move At Right Time

The Golden State Warriors have been is a state of Joe Lacob induced chrysalis since his taking over of the W's regime, promising sustained success to a franchise stuck in the doldrums, and an actual reason for the fanbase to spend their hard earned money on them. Lacob has slowly but surely been moving in the right direction, and the promotion of Bob Myers is another step forward.

CSN Bay Area's Ray Ratto isn;t as sold on the move, calling it no more likening Lacob's turnaround of the Chris Cohan lead Warriors to a "monochrome Rubik's cube of sports," noting that his hand-on approach will actually hinder Myers in his new position:

Myers does not represent a real change of direction. He's been on board for a year, with presumably as much say then as he will have now. Larry Riley will clearly have less, but not so much that it changes the club's direction.

Frankly, the Warriors, down to their final layup line after tonight, have to reinvent the team itself, and the promise of a playoff this year was among the daftest of Lacob's notions. He cannot surely be loony enough to do so again next year, can he?

Or maybe he can. This is ultimately still his team, run his way, and he has the predominant input. In short, Bob Myers, which he's already done, isn't nearly as interesting unless he is given the full faith and credit of the average general manager, which he won't.

But he makes for a nice press release at the tail end of another lost season that avoided hope as though it were despair. It's something new to talk about with a team that has so few talking points.

These certainly are all valid points, and I fully agree with all of them. But Larry Riley had been around for 12 seasons as General Manager, still a holdout from the old Cohan authority. Myers is a Lacob hire who got promoted by Lacob, essentially his No. 1 guy. Not only that, his time as a agent under the legendary Arn Tellum is advantageous, having strong connections with many players in the league already that Riley may not have had.

He's a young, vibrant face to be associated with an up-and-coming franchise, who's got the expertise and breadth of knowledge to really be an asset. What's not to like?

Well, it's all about appearances with Lacob and Co., which is why this move is important because it shows the fans that the old days are out the door, even though they certainly may not be. It's a face-value promotion.

Whatever difference Myers may make from Riley could never be perceived by the average fan, but the fact that the change was made is something that can be pointed to, and possibly even talked about, while in line to purchase some Warriors tickets for next year.

And next year, when Andrew Bogut arrives to save the franchise, Lacob can sit back and look like a genius. But as for this move, I think Ratto sums this title-swap up well:

But it's still upstairs, while the on-floor presentation remains, well, really 13th. And that's the part people care about. Everything else is inside basketball, and Warrior fans want to see some outside basketball before they die.

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Golden State Warriors Promote Bob Myers To General Manager, Larry Riley Stays As Scouting Director

Bob Myers is the new general manager of the Golden State Warriors after getting promoted from the assistant GM job; Larry Riley is demoted to scouting director.

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