‘NBA This Week’: Interview with Warriors assistant GM Travis Schlenk

Had a good, solid 20-plus minute interview with Golden State Warriors assistant general manager Travis Schlenk during the “NBA This Week.” Schlenk has been around since the Mike Montgomery era, and he has methodically moved up the organizational chart and is now one of the team’s important decision-makers.


We had a chance to ask Schlenk about a variety of topics, including:

–The emergence of Draymond Green as one of the best players in the NBA. Schlenk was largely responsible for the decision to draft Green, and we asked him what he saw in the former Michigan State forward.

Schlenk said that while the Warriors never expected Green to be this impactful, they did like his ability to pass, the fact he played four years in college and his competitiveness. But Schlenk went into more detail about Green and his game.

–Schlenk broke down the Warriors’ front office and how they come to make decisions. The Warriors have a lot of people involved in their decision-making. They’ve got owner Bob Myers, general manager Bob Myers, Schlenk, assistant general manager Kirk Lacob, minority owner Jerry West and director of player personnel Larry Harris.

–Rookie center Damian Jones hasn’t played much this year for the Warriors. But Schlenk made it clear the team is very pleased with how he’s playing in Santa Cruz, and he said matter-of-factly that the team expects Jones to contribute as soon as next season.



About Steinmetz

Matt Steinmetz is a veteran San Francisco Bay Area sports journalist. He covered the Golden State Warriors for the Bay Area News Group for more than a decade before becoming a television analyst with Comcast SportsNet Bay Area. Steinmetz can be heard on "Steiny & Guru" on 95.7-FM The Game in San Francisco, from 12-3.
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