Hard to remember, but in Joe Lacob’s early years as Warriors owner, the organization was sometimes criticized for having too many voices, too many guys who wanted in on the action — making calls and fielding calls and seeing what was out there.
Mind you, it was the same group — Lacob, Jerry West, Bob Myers, Travis Schlenk and Kirk Lacob — responsible for bringing the Warriors a championship in 2015, but back in 2010 and 2011 all those opinions and viewpoints were considered a weakness.
All five of those men deserve tremendous praise for bringing Golden State its first title in 40 years. What they’ve accomplished is historic sports-wise, a resume’ topper for a long, long time.
But if that’s your front office starting five, there’s an important sixth man here. And, OK, yes, kind of like Andre Iguodala was to the real starting five.
And that’s Larry Harris, who was recently promoted to the director of player personnel. Harris used to be the general manager of the Milwaukee Bucks before getting fired. He then took an assistant coaching job for the Warriors in 2008.
Harris did consulting, he did scouting and over the course of the past few years has become a respected voice in the Warriors’ front office. You better believe Harris had some input back in 2012, when the Warriors acquired Andrew Bogut in the Monta Ellis trade.
Harris was the one who drafted Bogut.
Schlenk and Harris see more college and international games than anyone else in the organization, and their knowledge was the foundation for draft picks such as Klay Thompson, Harrison Barnes, Draymond Green and Festus Ezeli.
When a team wins a title, there’s plenty of credit to go around. Just felt like giving some to Harris.