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Bob Myers endorses Mike Dunleavy Jr. to be next Warriors president

Bob Myers is hoping the position he resigned from can go to an in in-house choice.

After the former Warriors president announced his departure from the franchise on Tuesday, saying “it’s just time,” he gave the nod to a potential successor — Mike Dunleavy Jr. — at his press conference

Dunleavy currently serves as the vice president of basketball operations for Golden State. He is rounding out his second year in the position and fifth as a member of the Warriors front office.

“He’s really good, he’d be a fantastic choice,” said Myers, who played a role in leading the Warriors to four NBA titles and twice won the NBA’s Executive of the Year award in 12 years with the franchise.

This isn’t the first time Dunleavy’s name has made it into the conversation, as he was brought up soon after the Warriors concluded their season losing to the Lakers in the second round of the Western Conference playoffs.

Mike Dunleavy Jr. has been named a worthy successor of the Warriors' president vacancy.
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Bob Myers embraces Jordan Poole after Game Six of the 2022 NBA Finals.
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According to The Athletic, Dunleavy has seen significant growth in the past two years after taking on the vice president role and has been viewed as a “natural successor” to Myers’ previous position.

The 42-year-old Dunleavy, whose dad was a longtime NBA coach, played 15 seasons in the NBA after playing college basketball for Duke and Mike Krzyzewski.

Dunleavy played four seasons with the Warriors after he was drafted third overall by the team in 2002.

Mike Dunleavy drives against Corey Maggette of the Clippers in 2003.
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When his playing career was over Dunleavy found himself coming back to where he got his start to be scout.

Since then, he worked his way up. If Dunleavy does become the Warriors next team president, he will have a lot of issues to deal with right away.

He will have to deal with the question about the future of Draymond Green, who has a player option, as well as a possible contract extension for Klay Thompson.

Warriors owner Joe Lacob didn’t give names when asked about who likely would fill Myers’ role, but he did explain that the team will look to promote a current employee rather than sourcing outside of their organization.

“We have a lot of people that are really good at their jobs, and that we’re constantly training for situations like this,” Lacob said. “Bob has trained some great people in this organization, and I think they’ll play a great role going forward. I’m not going to say what we’re doing yet because I don’t know what we’re doing yet. It’s not going to be something that we rush into…we’ll make the right decision for the organization and hopefully move forward.”