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Report: Nuggets GM Masai Ujiri to be named Executive of the Year

May 9, 2013, 2:10 AM EST

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Masai Ujiri got a baptism by fire — he was named the Nuggets general manager and a few months later Carmelo Anthony was forcing his way out of town with a trade. It was a circus around the Nuggets.

But Ujiri stood calmly in the middle of that storm, patiently waiting to get a good deal (or waiting for James Dolan to cave, either way). He got it, and with that trade as the catalyst he rebuilt the Nuggets as one of the NBA’s best teams this season. A team without a traditional star as the anchor, but one that plays fast, is entertaining and won 57 games, a franchise record.

For all of that, Ujiri will be named the NBA’s executive of the year on Thursday, reports the Denver Post. Executives from the 30 NBA teams vote on this award.

It’s well deserved.

Ujiri is groundbreaking as the first African-born GM not only in the NBA but also in any major American sport.

Nuggets coach George Karl was named NBA Coach of the Year on Wednesday.

  1. danielcp0303 - May 9, 2013 at 2:49 AM

    I’ve got no problem with Ujiri winning, but Daryl Morey would’ve been an excellent choice as well.

  2. rickyspanish - May 9, 2013 at 2:49 AM

    I love Ujiri, he held out trading Melo until the Knicks gave him what he wanted. That was a trade that worked for both New York and Denver. And then the Nene deal that brought McGee was a good move. I know McGee has his moments of question but I’d rather have his upside than Nene’s injuries.

    • fanofevilempire - May 9, 2013 at 6:49 AM

      as a Knickerbocker fan I like how the Melo trade worked for us and him because we got him out of George Karls madness and the second round.

      and good riddance to Jeremy Lin.

      and did you se Melos hat, wicked………

  3. dylude - May 9, 2013 at 3:30 AM

    Daryl Morey.

    • rushbacker - May 9, 2013 at 5:43 AM

      Please. Dude was falling all over himself trying to trade for that huge stiff Andrew Bynum. He’s lucky as all hell to have gotten Harden instead.

  4. thekingdave - May 9, 2013 at 5:03 AM

    The Carmelo trade was two seasons ago. This season he just acquired Iguodala. Should have been Morey.

  5. rickyspanish - May 9, 2013 at 6:14 AM

    Morey is responsible for Jeremy Lin, a terrible signing.

  6. thekingdave - May 9, 2013 at 7:16 AM

    Falling for himself based on what? Anything he offered off of last year’s roster had little value anyways and would have been worth dumping for the cap space. So lets see, he shipped malcontent Kyle Lowry to Toronto for what looked to be a top 5 pick at the time. He traded Chase Budinger to Minnesota for the 18th pick (Terrence Jones). He traded fellow malcontent Kevin Martin’s expiring deal, Jeremy Lamb, and Toronto’s 1st (which turned out to be at the bottom of the lottery) for James Harden. He also somehow acquired Thomas Robinson for Patrick Patterson and Toney Douglas. As far as Jeremy Lin, anyone with even the slightest Rockets knowledge knows he was signed to sell tickets and be traded in the third year of his contract when his salary balloons. Don’t forget him scooping Patrick Beverly out of Russia. Oh, and the Rockets could still add a max player this summer. He turned a team of spare parts, got it out of NBA purgatory, and turned it into a team with promise. Since this award apparently based on acquisitions from past seasons, Chandler Parsons, 2011 2nd round pick anyone?

    • ryanrockzzz - May 9, 2013 at 10:34 AM

      Yea, and then Denver won more games. You should mention that also. Maybe he gets it next year.

    • broncobeta - May 9, 2013 at 11:47 AM

      The zero all-stars Nuggets bent the Rockets over and had their merry way with them in every game they played this season.

      I mean come on, the Rockets haven’t beaten the Nuggets in nearly two years.

  7. personalspaceinvader - May 9, 2013 at 8:02 AM

    Congrats Masai! Now hopefully he can keep some of the pieces in house for next or reload.

  8. cj1403 - May 9, 2013 at 8:42 AM

    Should have been Morey!

  9. thekingdave - May 9, 2013 at 11:20 AM

    Ah, so Pat Riley should win? Great logic.

    • broncobeta - May 9, 2013 at 11:45 AM

      There is a reply button. Learn about it.

  10. dylude - May 9, 2013 at 12:56 PM

    George Karl is a HELL of a coach. That doesn’t make the GM a hell of a GM. This is a dumb choice for the award. Hands down its Morey. I’d even say the Warriors GM deserves credit for bringing in Mark Jackson, Bogut, resigning Curry to a better contract than Harden, and shipping Monte.

    To the poster about Lin’s contract:

    All things considered it is a good contract at $8mil/year when we were UNDER the mandatory league minimum. So we HAD to use the $$ on someone, why not someone to sell tickets and make the team fun. Good signing bc $8 mil/year for a mediocre starting PG isn’t terrible since he makes the franchise that in maintaining our Asian sponsors from the Yao Ming era. Your ignorance is funny.

  11. cj1403 - May 9, 2013 at 1:02 PM

    @broncobeta I we use your logic then Pat Riley should get, the Heat had there way with the whole league. Other than Iguodala what has Masai done. Morey assembled a whole new roster. There’s only one player from last year’s roster. Btw weren’t the Nuggets eliminated by a lower seed WITHOUT their allstar?

  12. Mr. Wright 212 - May 9, 2013 at 1:56 PM

    Grunwald. Stop it with this madness.

  13. thekingdave - May 9, 2013 at 6:34 PM

    @broncobeta

    What a stupid, irrelevant comment.

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