Bob Myers escaped the grind of the Golden State Warriors, but he certainly didn’t chase tranquility or relaxation. After a lifetime in basketball, the most successful executive in Warriors history is trying something new: football. On Monday morning, Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network dropped some shocking news: Myers is joining the NFL’s Washington Commanders.
That’s quite a shift for Myers. He played collegiate basketball at UCLA, before starting a career as an NBA agent. Myers joined the Warriors as assistant general manager in 2011, and a year later was promoted to general manager. He spent 10 years in that role — adding the title of president along the way — before stepping away at the end of the 2022-23 season. There was speculation about what Myers would do post-Warriors, with rumors of everything from total retirement, to a job with the Los Angeles Lakers, to an executive position in the entertainment industry. A few months later, Myers put the rumors to rest, joining ESPN as an NBA analyst.
And now he’s pivoting to a very different sport.
According to ESPN, Myers and former NFL GM Rick Spielman will serve as “key advisers” to the Commanders as they begin their search for a new head coach and head of football operations. Earlier in the day the Commanders fired Ron Rivera, who had served both roles for the organization.
While some will question Myers’ fit given that he comes from a different sport, it’s abundantly clear that he has strong leadership skills and visions. Washington is in dire need of that, as they haven’t posted a winning record since 2016, and haven’t won a playoff game since 2005. Given that Myers is, at present, only being hired to be an adviser, I would assume that he’s still holding his broadcasting job at ESPN.