As Steve Kerr sat on the stage Tuesday, answering questions as the new head coach of the Warriors, it was clear how he won over the front office.
Sure, it was just an introductory news conference. But Kerr speaks with a tone that lowers guards. His remarks revealed a humility that rebuffs ego. He took every stance his predecessor was accused of not taking.
Bob Myers must be so relieved.
After all, the Warriors general manager had the task of managing the mess the franchise became during the last year-plus with Mark Jackson as coach.
Myers is a microcosm for why the Warriors felt the need to make this move, and why Kerr was the perfect fit. The general manager, who is supposed to lead the construction of the roster, finally gets to focus on that instead of managing chaos.
"What's difficult is trying to see everything clearly," Myers said. "Trying to make the right decision without worrying about what's happened in the rearview mirror and what's going on around you.
"In any position of leadership, there are different personalities. Different opinions. One of my strengths is getting along with people. ... Maybe I'm the glue guy. Every team needs a glue guy."
Myers is the middleman between co-owner Joe Lacob and the head coach. Above him is a demanding, unabashed boss applying pressure. That's not going to change.
Below him was the indignant Jackson, leading a regiment of loyal players. For the Warriors, that had to change.
As the messenger from the front office, especially toward the end of this past season, every time Myers interacted with Jackson it was on hostile ground. They didn't argue and trade jabs. But even as they whispered in the hallways after games, both knew they were on opposite sides of a gulf with no bridge.
According to several insiders, Myers and Jackson got along fine. Still, that was Myers' life, in addition to actual basketball operations. Putting out fires. Mending fences. Massaging egos. Propping up the facade of a peaceful franchise with all his might.
No longer does he need to do that. Based on first impressions, Kerr makes for a harmonious front-office mix.
Myers still needs to assuage the hurt feelings of his players -- and he has been in fairly regular contact with star guard Stephen Curry. But the crazy part is over. No matter who was to blame, the important part is the dysfunction is gone, or should be. The three-rung hierarchy of Warriors basketball should be fluid.
"There are difficult conversations between coach, G.M., owner," Kerr said. "Whether it's a personnel decision, whether it's a mistake someone has made, a PR issue. That's why those relationships are so critical. I've seen it firsthand.
"In the organizations where there is a lot of success, those relationships were really sound and solid. That's something that I know we're going to have here. It's going to be important for Bob to be that middle man, and he's really good at it. I'm really looking forward to our relationship."
Kerr appears to be everything Jackson is not. And the previously untenable environment should now be peachy. And nobody is happier about that than Myers.
Warriors management traveled to Oklahoma City and was blown away by Kerr. He acknowledged that his lack of coaching experience was the hurdle he needed to clear. He was straight up about concerns he had, giving the Warriors a chance to explain how things went wrong with Jackson. And then Kerr sent them off with a 16-page report about his vision for the Warriors roster.
From then it was official: Kerr was their guy.
So if this goes sour because of personality clashes, if in three years the Warriors are introducing another coach after a cloak-and-dagger season, then it will be clear that the problem starts at the top.
For now, the problem, as they identified it, has been removed. And it has been replaced with the exact kind of guy they want, with the perfect temperament and approach. And that reality is embodied in the peace Myers had in his disposition.
"Everybody can learn from what happened," Myers said. "We all can say, 'Maybe I would have done this a bit differently.' What I'm excited about is we now have a coach. I can focus on the draft and free agency."