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Riley and Smart: Opening statements

In the previous blog entry, I only transcribed the question-and-answer portion of the news conference. I didn’t transcribe the beginning of the conference and the scripted comments by general manager Larry Riley and new head coach Keith Smart. If you wanted to read those as well, here they are: Larry Riley: Thank you for coming today. It’s obvious by now that the Warriors have decided to make a coaching change, and it’s with great pleasure that I present to you Keith Smart,… Read More »

Smart: “We’re going to play more of a traditional style”

FROM MONDAY’S PRESS CONFERENCE WITH GM LARRY RILEY AND COACH KEITH SMART Larry Riley calls Keith Smart a “tactician” and says he’s very well prepared. He talks about how much time he has spent working practices. Riley says “he’s extremely ready to take this job.” Riley says the Warriors owe Don Nelson a debt of gratitude and he says that he, personally, owes Nelson a debt of gratitude. Keith Smart has always been well spoken. He is articulate and at… Read More »

Money + Curry = 1 more season with Nelson?

Whether you like it or not, it’s seeming more likely that Don Nelson will return to coach the Warriors for the start of the 2010-11 season. Nelson, who has led the Warriors to 29 and 26 wins the past two seasons, is owed $6 million in the final year of his deal, which expires at the end of this season. That’s chip No. 1 in Nelson’s pocket, and possibly the most important piece to the puzzle. Chip No. 2 —… Read More »

Riley makes list of NBA GMs with most challenging jobs

Shaun Powell of NBA.com has a Top 10 list of the general managers in the NBA with the most challenging jobs this coming season. Read it here. Not surprisingly, Warriors GM Larry Riley is on the list at No. 4 with this explanation: Could be a front-office casualty, with new ownership prepared to take over and change the culture. Warriors just finished a hapless decade, second only to the Knicks. Was responsible for giving big extension to Stephen Jackson, then watched… Read More »

Steinmetz: What Lacob should do with Nelson, Riley and Rowell

Another good link today, this time from CSN Bay Area’s Matt Steinmetz, who has a detailed look at Joe Lacob’s upcoming decisions on what to do with Warriors coach Don Nelson, general manager Larry Riley and president Robert Rowell. I won’t give away all the details here, but Steinmetz’s take is replace Nelson with assistant Keith Smart, keep Riley and keep Rowell around, but change his title and put him in charge of aiding with the new owners’ transition period. It’s… Read More »

GM rankings: At least Riley’s not last

Mike Prada of SBNation.com has a pretty good read that ranks all 30 general managers in the NBA. The good news: Warriors GM Larry Riley isn’t last. The bad news: he’s ranked 28th, with only 76ers GM Ed Stefanski and Pacers GM Larry Bird rated worse. Prada breaks down each general manager with all kinds of information (trades, free agent signings, trades, etc. durin their time as GM) and an analysis of the performance of each GM. Here’s what he… Read More »

Mullin for GM? How about Pritchard?

My colleague Lowell Cohn blogged about the Warriors’ potential sale today and wrote that the team should hire Chris Mullin to return as general manager. As much respect as I have for Lowell and his opinion, I don’t think Mullin is the best candidate for the job. If the Warriors are sold and the new owner decides to fire Larry Riley and begin the search for a new general manager, I would hope the search isn’t limited to Mullin. Instead,… Read More »