Golden State Warriors President of Basketball Operations / General Manager Bob Myers, a native of Danville, announced Tuesday that he will be stepping down after 12 years with the NBA team he grew up rooting for.
Myers, a Monte Vista High School alumnus who played basketball at UCLA and spent years as a sports agent before moving to the Warriors' front office in 2011, led the basketball side of the organization since being promoted to GM in April 2012 – a run that included four NBA championships, six NBA Finals appearances overall and two NBA Executive of the Year awards.
"It's just time," Myers told ESPN on Tuesday morning in breaking the news of his departure that had been the source of speculation all season long with his current contract expiring at the end of the league year next month.
"I was born in '75, and that was the last championship. And to feel like I helped give this fanbase, this community, did my part -- not perfectly, but the best I could -- to get some more of those things ..." Myers said during an emotional press conference later Tuesday afternoon.
"It's more than a job, and that's why I love it and that's why it's hard to leave it," he added.
Myers, 48, has not revealed his next career plans but alluded to needing a professional break during the press conference.
With Myers at the helm of the front office, the Warriors won NBA championships in 2015, 2017, 2018 and 2022 and qualified for the playoffs nine times overall. They also reached the NBA Finals in 2016 and 2019, losing to the Cleveland Cavaliers and Toronto Raptors, respectively.
Arguably their most successful stretch at any point in their franchise's history, the Warriors posted a .653 winning percentage during the 11 seasons Myers was general manager (he held the added title of president of basketball operations for the past seven years).
Among Myers' many noteworthy personnel accomplishments as general manager were re-signing superstar Stephen Curry, drafting players like Draymond Green, acquiring Kevin Durant in free agency in 2016 and hiring Steve Kerr as head coach in 2014.
Myers won NBA Executive of the Year for the 2014-15 and 2016-17 seasons.