Bob Myers credits Warriors' decisions since Kevin Durant era for success

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Myers believes moves since KD era played role in current success originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea

It took the Warriors years to build back up to this point.

Following a heartbreaking 2019 NBA Finals loss to the Toronto Raptors almost three years ago, Golden State's fall from grace kept them out of the playoffs each of the last two seasons.

After superstar Kevin Durant left for the Brooklyn Nets in the summer of 2019, the Warriors front office has made moves to re-tool a championship-caliber roster around the same core that led the organization to three championships and five straight Finals appearances.

Warriors general manager Bob Myers joined Bonta Hill and Joe Shasky on "The Morning Roast" Wednesday morning, where he discussed the moves from years ago that helped get Golden State back to its contending form today.

"Most of the time you do your best to put together something that has a chance to win," Myers said. "Sometimes you get it right, sometimes you don't. When you look back at this year, we saw it. Even the [Andrew] Wiggins (trade), you've gotta go way back to when [Kevin] Durant left. To see some of the decisions -- and I'm not saying we did everything right -- but it starts there and with the way Wiggins has been playing, he has been fantastic. That was a three-years-ago decision and then you say 'okay what are we going to get with that?' We're going to get a pick. What's that pick going to be? It's going to be [Jonathan] Kuminga. He's playing, he's been starting. He hasn't played huge minutes but he's helping us. And then you look at Gary Payton, you talk about bringing him in on a 10-day (contract).

"For people that work in a front office, what's most difficult is that you have to look way ahead to some point when it all comes to fruition when you have a chance to win.

The Warriors began the season red-hot, atop the Western Conference standings before injuries to Draymond Green and Steph Curry resulted in a mediocre second-half run. All-in-all, there is still plenty that Myers and the front office can be proud of this season.

"I think, for the most part, this year, you've gotta look and say some things went well, you've gotta be proud of that for our front office that we got some things right," Myers said.

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With a 3-1 Western Conference semifinals lead over the Memphis Grizzlies, Golden State will look to punch their ticket to the Conference Finals with a win in Game 5 on Wednesday night at FedExForum.

After that? Just four wins away from potentially winning a fourth championship in eight seasons.

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