Denver Nuggets president Josh Kroenke introduced his new Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations aka the general manager today at Pepsi Center. Media members speculated on just how long this press conference might last, turns out Tim Connelly got to his points quick - like the Nuggets offense?
Now, let's read through the tea leaves, if we can, on what Connelly said today.
Tim Connelly: First of all, I want to thank Josh and the entire Kroenke family for this opportunity. I want to thank my dear friend Masai Ujiri, who left the house in such good order. It's big shoes to fill. I think often times, in situations like this, the theme of the day is change. Today, I want to talk about growth. There's a culture that already ingrained here, a winning culture. It's a heck of a team that I'm inheriting - 57 wins. It's chock full of talent. It's a very supportive ownership and it's a great city.
What can we get from this statement? It came as a surprise to me that Connelly is very close with Ujiri. That should ease some minds right there. I don't think Masai would be hanging out with just anybody ... (sarcasm font). In all seriousness, to me this shows that Tim is indeed a world traveler. He probably crossed paths with Masai on many scouting trips and built a relationship from there. Connelly has been talked about as a tireless worker (from his former boss in New Orleans Dell Demps) and this bodes well for the Nuggets.
If you got the chance to listen to Masai and Pete D'Alessandro's press conferences with the Raptors and Kings, respectively, then you know what Tim meany by "in situations like this, the theme of the day is change". Both Masai and Pete have moved on to difficult situations where a lot of moves need to be made.