Full quotes: Warriors' Bob Myers talks about race relations, his experiences

“I think we have a responsibility — I think one of the best things you can do in life is try. We don’t do a good job of this, I don’t think, in society. We don’t often look at things from someone else’s perspective. Most of the decisions we make in life are whatever is best for us, we do. Whatever doesn’t affect us, we don’t worry about. I think that’s irresponsible. And so whether it’s a discussion with a player like Andre, you have to have curiosity in life. You have to try to understand, and for me it’s educational. I like learning. I like trying to see something from a different angle.

Warriors' Bob Myers

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You and I have had discussions. You went to Oakland Tech. We played Oakland Tech when I was in high school. I’d ask you what it was like to go to Oakland Tech and you’d ask me what it was like to go to Monte Vista. Completely different experiences. But I’m interested. I’m interested to know what that was like, and it does two things. It shows me that I should be thankful for what I have, and it also shows me that I should have an awareness that not everybody is afforded the same opportunities in life, and how can we work to even that out, everybody — it can’t just be one segment of society trying to better (themselves). Everybody needs to help each other.

For me, I love the individual — I can read a story about somebody, something that happened to somebody, but I always prefer somebody that I actually try to get to know and have a daily dialogue with about these things because those are the things that I think last longer, are the relationships you build, where it’s just part of your relationship. It’s part of the discussions you have with someone.

And even you and I, we’ve had a lot of conversations about these things, but not because what happened with George — well, I didn’t just call you and say what do you think. We’ve talked about this stuff for seven, eight years, because for one, you sense a willingness — an audience that’s willing or at least, I think, and for me I have a sense of I want to see what I can do, how can I help. When we went to San Quentin, I never understood — for me, San Quentin has this kind of mythical thing about it, like you get to go to San Quentin. I understood why I was going the first time, I wanted to go play basketball and I wanted to go see what San Quentin was like. And that’s the truth. And then when I was leaving the first time, and by the way, every player and every coach and the referees and the announcers were all African-American, so there was no white competition.

But when I was leaving they were all saying thanks for coming, and I was kind of thinking, ‘Why would they thank me for coming?’ But what it showed them was that they mattered. They’re prisoners in a maximum security prison, and people that have wealth or have a stable life will come and see them, and support them.

And then I started realizing another learning lesson was kind of like you’ve got to show up, you’ve got to try, and some of those guys I’ve run into … When Nate Thurmond had his funeral, I think it was in south San Francisco, I parked my car in front of a soul food restaurant and I was walking across the street, and some guy said ‘Hey, what’s up?’ I didn’t recognize him. He said, ‘I know you from San Quentin.’ If you would have asked me when I was growing up white in Danville if I’d know somebody that would recognize me on the street and say, ‘I met you in San Quentin’ — but those are the life experiences that we all need. We’ve got to get a little uncomfortable.

So I stopped and talked to the guy and said congratulations on getting out and talked about what did he do when he got out of San Quentin. That’s a whole ‘nother conversation. But it’s a willingness to kind of understand that people are people. We all can get unlucky or lucky, and basketball, whether that’s being around our players or whatever it’s given me in life, it’s definitely been in that capacity especially, it’s been educational and informative and gratifying to kind of step outside of what I knew from much of my young life, which wasn’t life. That’s not real life. So, that’s how I look at it.”

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