Late last night, it was reported that the Golden State Warriors is going to hire Bob Myers of Wasserman Media Group as the Warriors assistant general manager. Myers would not be the first basketball agent to switch to the team side of the business. Jason Levien went from representing Kevin Martin, Luol Deng, and Courtney Lee to working as assistant general manager of the Sacramento Kings back in 2008. Lon Babby representing Ray Allen, Tim Duncan, and Hedo Turkoglu before he decided to become President of Basketball Operations with the Phoenix Suns in 2010.
Bob Myers joined Wasserman Media Group in 2006 as a basketball agent for the company. He is responsible for representing players like Brandon Roy, Tyreke Evans, Brook and Robin Lopez, Kendrick Perkins, DeAndre Jordan, and many others. Myers has been known as Arn Tellem’s “right hand man,” which is quite a compliment when referring to one of the best agents in the industry.
Myers has been a sports agent for over twelve years. Prior to Wasserman Media Group, he worked at SFX Sports, where he served in a Vice President position. Recently, Myers was honored by SportsBusiness Journal in its annual “Forty Under 40″ list. Even more recently, I had the honor of serving as Moderator of a Sports Law panel at Southwestern Law School, which included Myers, David Pump, Warren Zola, and Marc Isenberg. Myers certainly kept the Golden State Warriors secret well hidden from all of us.
Throughout the symposium, one could easily ascertain that Myers had a lot of issues with the agent industry. He seemed rather deflated from a lot of the hoopla involved in recruiting athletes. I think his dissatisfaction with the industry really shined when Myers discussed his recruitment of Jimmer Fredette and all of the difficulties he encountered in that process. But Myers loves the game of basketball and is certainly one of the better basketball minds in the business of sports. I have no doubt that he will be successful in his new position with the Warriors, and I am thrilled that my friend Peter Guber will acquire one of the best in the biz.