Another Champion Made Here
Published Oct 1, 2015 8:00 AM
The general manager of the winning Golden State Warriors is a Bruin.
Bob Myers ’98 remembers the moment he first came off the bench in a UCLA basketball game in something other than garbage time.
“[Coach Jim Harrick] called my name during the first half of a game, and I didn’t know what he wanted,” says Myers, who started as a walk-on in fall 1993 and earned a scholarship soon after. “He told me to go in the game. I said, ‘Me?’ I looked over my shoulder to see if there was another Bob sitting next to me.”
Today, Myers no longer wonders if he’s the go-to guy. He has been the general manager of the Golden State Warriors since 2012. In May, his peers named him the 2014-15 NBA Basketball Executive of the Year after he presided over a team that went on to win the NBA championship in June.
And the “formula” that helped the organization earn its first title in 40 years?
“We try to identify highly talented people who also bring a great work ethic and a great character component to their job every day,” Myers says. “If you have people who exhibit that or embody that, and put them all together, you can do some pretty amazing things.”
With that in mind, the Warriors selected Bruin freshman Kevon Looney in the first round of this year’s NBA Draft – though Myers jokes: “It was only because he went to UCLA. We don’t know if he can play or not.”
Certainly Myers doesn’t underestimate the value of a UCLA connection. An attorney and sports agent prior to entering the executive ranks – his resume includes a stint at Wasserman Media Group with longtime Bruin booster Casey Wasserman ’96 – he credits his alma mater with helping him to dream big, follow his passion and succeed in ways he never thought possible.
“UCLA was the beginning of [my] believing that with hard work and perseverance, you can do really good things and achieve your goals,” he says. “[And] it emboldened me into thinking that I could have some success in basketball.”
Highlights of Myers’ time on campus included soaking up the wit and wisdom of legendary coach John Wooden over lunch and being on UCLA’s 1995 NCAA title team. The proud Bruin will never forget that championship season and the lasting relationships he built with his teammates and coaches.
“I’m thankful that I was part of it,” he says.
Now, he faces the task of keeping the Warriors at the pinnacle of professional basketball. But his greatest challenge may be at home.
“My wife is a Trojan,” admits the father of two young daughters. “We manage the best we can.”