According to the Denver Post, Denver Nuggets’ GM Masai Ujiri is expected to be named the Executive of the Year award Thursday morning.
The Nuggets released a statement saying that there was a “major announcement” coming Thursday, which is typically a cliff-hanging way to say that an award is coming.
Denver Nuggets’ head coach George Karl was named the Coach of the Year on Wednesday morning so it’s fitting that the league’s announcement on Ujiri should come 24 hours after the Coach of the Year award was announced.
Ujiri, the first African-American born general manager in major American sports was the man in charge of putting together a roster after the Carmelo Anthony saga. The roster he designed put together 57 wins and won a league-leading 38 games at home during the 2012-13 season.
He will be in charge of reloading the team next year, with Andre Iguodala’s contract talks hovering over Denver’s off-season. There is also those around the league who believe that Ujiri will package together a group of his young core to attain a superstar player that will take the Nuggets to the next level.
There has been an unsettling feeling among Nuggets fans who have been looking for blame to place in response to Denver’s 4-2 loss in the first round of the playoffs against the Golden State Warriors. In time, I think people will realize that the Nuggets ran into one of the NBA’s hottest teams in their peak form.
It has to be encouraging, looking ahead, with the league’s Coach and Executive of the year.