On Thursday, the passionate Ujiri will be rewarded for his work — he’ll be named the NBA’s executive of the year, a source told The Denver Post on Wednesday night. Ujiri, the first African-born general manager in major American sports, put together the Nuggets’ roster, a squad that won 57 games, most in Denver’s NBA history.
Who knew we had a great GM right underneath our noses? This is what I had written when he had accepted the Denver job, certainly wasn’t heart-broken about him, but did feel that there’s something about him if Denver is pursuing him.
People always try to make a case that “who would we hire if not for Colangelo” while throwing up their arms in despair. The answer to that question is an assistant GM waiting to get his shot, and props to Denver for spotting something and executing on it. There’s plenty of great basketball minds out there, and with Leiweke on board and Peddie out, I’m fairly confident the right choice will be made in replacing Colangelo.