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The Atlanta Hawks have hired the man who helped the Golden State Warriors become the juggernaut they are as back-to-back winners of the Larry O’Brien trophy and have won three of the last four NBA champions.
According to Gary Woelfel of the Racine Journal Times, Larry Riley is being hired as a special advisor by the Hawks.
Larry Riley, a former Bucks coach who played a major role in the construction of Golden State Warriors, has been hired as a special advisor for the Atlanta Hawks.
— Gery Woelfel (@GeryWoelfel) July 11, 2018
During his tenure as general manager of the Warriors from 2009 through 2012, Riley drafted Steph Curry and Klay Thompson and traded for Andrew Bogut.
Curry was Riley’s first draft choice as GM, selecting the Davidson guard with the seventh overall pick of the 2009 NBA draft.
In 2011, Riley chose Thompson out of Washington State with the 11th overall draft choice.
In 2012, Riley acquired Bogut and Stephen Jackson from the Milwaukee Bucks in exchange for Kwame Brown, Monta Ellis and Ekpe Udoh.
In April 2012, new Warriors owner Joe Jacob promoted Bob Myers to GM, and demoted Riley to director of scouting.
After Curry won the NBA Most Valuable Player award in 2015, didn’t forget the man who brought him to the Warriors, Riley.
“He’s the reason I’m here. He drafted me. He saw potential in me coming out of college, along with [former Warriors coach] Don Nelson, making those decisions. You’re a big reason why I’m here, taking a chance on a little scrawny kid from a mid-major school. So just wanted to say thank you for believing in me. Crazy how far we’ve come in six years. But thank you, man. I can’t thank you enough for that decision.”
Curry’s daughter, Riley, is named in honor of the Warriors’ former GM.