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Meet Bob Myers, the New Warriors Assistant General Manager

The Golden State Warriors began their retooling for the 2011-2012 season yesterday as they announced the hiring of Bob Myers as their new Assist General Manager/Vice President of Basketball Operations. Myers will be working directly under General Manager Larry Riley, who was retained in that position yesterday as well. The specs of the agreements were not announced per team policy.

Myers, the 36 year old Bay Area native, had been with the Wasserman Media Group (WMG) for the last five years as a sports agent, and had a 19 player clientele worth approximately $83.36 million (eighth most in the NBA), including 2 All-Stars and 2 maxed out contracts according to hoopshype.com. Overall, Myers has 14 years of experience in the sports representation business, all of them with legend Arn Tellem, and has negotiated over $575 million in contracts. He got his law degree from Loyola Law School in 2002 and received a "40 under 40" Award earlier this year; given to the 40 most influential sports executives under the age of 40 by the SportsBusiness Journal. Myers graduated from UCLA in 1998 with a degree in Business/Economics and was part of their 32-1 1995 NCAA Championship basketball team during his sophomore year.

Myers will be a nice addition to the Warriors braintrust. He brings his abundant knowledge of contract negotiations, his connects as an agent with players, coaches, and executives around the league, and a deep belief in the team to the table. Here's a quote from Myers about the hiring:

"I am really excited about this great opportunity...I have always considered the Warriors as a franchise that could potentially be one of the premiere organizations in the NBA due to their market and incredible fans. If you combine that with the new ownership in place, I'm confident that we can accomplish some pretty special things in the future. I'm grateful to Joe Lacob and Larry Riley for this opportunity and words can't express how eager I am to get started."

Myers will definitely play a big roll in the Warriors offseason moves and making the team a playoff contender again. Now the question is will he do well enough for the team to dump Larry Riley?