Warriors' Bob Myers on Team Chemistry and Playing at San Quentin

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Q: How has the Warriors' team chemistry changed with the addition of Kevin Durant?


A: We've been fortunate to have some good chemistry. Chemistry is something that takes time to develop. We are still in the nascent stages of having Kevin on our team. We feel confident that his addition will only add to the positive chemistry we've been able to develop over the last couple of years. We try to add as many good people in our organization as possible. We definitely feel that Kevin meets this criterion. It should be fun to see how we evolve over the course of the season.


Q: What things does a sports agent do that most people might not know?


A: Most people are not aware that the majority of agents are actually attorneys as well. Honing the ability to read a contract, negotiate a contract, and protect your clients legally are tools that agents use that most people may not be aware of. Sometimes you are also put in a position to have to evaluate talent when you choose who you want to attempt to represent. A complete understanding of the respective sports' collective bargaining agreement can separate the good agents from the elite agents. When I was an agent, it took me many years to fully comprehend the NBA's collective bargaining agreement.


Q: What is it like to play basketball with inmates at San Quentin prison?


A: It's a unique experience. First of all, the players are a lot better than I thought and they play a lot harder than I thought they would. The inmates are also the referees, so sometimes the officiating suffers.


You learn a lot about perspective. Basketball can bring together all different types of people. Basketball offers an opportunity for me to interact with people that I would normally never interact with. I feel like I get more out of it than they do. The only thing that's different than a normal pickup game is that you don't trash talk.



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