Warriors GM Myers faces draft challenges like no other year

FILE - In this Sept. 30, 2019, file photo, Golden State Warriors general manager Bob Myers gestures during the NBA basketball team's media day in San Francisco. Myers hears the chatter about everything riding on Golden State's draft pick at second overall. About all the pressure on his shoulders to find just the right player to join Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, regular All-Stars Draymond Green and Andrew Wiggins. Someone who will make an instant impact and immediately help the Warriors return to contention and respectability following a last-place finish. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)
FILE - In this Sept. 30, 2019, file photo, Golden State Warriors general manager Bob Myers gestures during the NBA basketball team's media day in San Francisco. Myers hears the chatter about everything riding on Golden State's draft pick at second overall. About all the pressure on his shoulders to find just the right player to join Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, regular All-Stars Draymond Green and Andrew Wiggins. Someone who will make an instant impact and immediately help the Warriors return to contention and respectability following a last-place finish. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File) (Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

SAN FRANCISCO – Bob Myers hears the chatter about everything riding on Golden State's draft pick at No. 2 overall.

About all the pressure on his shoulders to find just the right player to join Splash Brothers Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, star forward Draymond Green and Andrew Wiggins. Someone who will make an instant impact and immediately help the Warriors return to contention and respectability following a last-place finish.

All the social media speculation, oh yes, the Warriors' general manager is aware of the intrigue. Might they possibly trade away their pick for flexibility to build another super team, or will they choose to use it?

“I read all that stuff, too. I was like, ‘I feel the weight,’” Myers joked on a recent Zoom call. "I feel like every year, everything you do is make-or-break, trade, draft, I don’t know. But you can’t really think like that. You’ve got to operate not out of fear. So, hopefully we get it right, and if you don’t, you deal with that. That’s the life I chose. ... Maybe I should feel more pressure. Pressure is an interesting thing. If I screw it up, I probably blame myself more than Twitter can do it or you, I suppose, or anyone."

In the midst of a pandemic, Golden State couldn't bring players in to work out at Chase Center, have them examined by team medical personnel on site or take a prospective pick to dinner at a fine Bay Area restaurant.

That doesn't mean Myers couldn't find a bit of a reason to smile after securing the second selection in Wednesday's draft.

“I joked a little bit, but all you have to like is two guys,” Myers said.

Yet this is an unfamiliar place for Myers and the Warriors, who floundered last season without Thompson the entire way and two-time MVP Curry for almost all of it. They had to rely largely on youth after five straight runs to the NBA Finals.