Nuggets' Ujiri named NBA's top executive

Associated Press  |  Last updated May 09, 2013

LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 14: Denver Nuggets head coach George Karl speaks onstage during the 2010 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 14, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Nuggets general manager Masai Ujiri was named the NBA's executive of the year on Thursday, a day after George Karl was named the league's top coach. Ujiri, the first African-born GM in major American sports, built the Nuggets team that won an NBA franchise-record 57 games and went an NBA-best 38-3 at home before bowing out in the first round of the playoffs. Ujiri assembled a team that had nine players average between 8 and 16.7 points. Ujiri raised eyebrows earlier this spring when he proclaimed the Nuggets, in the midst of a 24-4 run after the All-Star break, weren't quite ready to contend this year. He was proven right when the third-seeded Nuggets were beaten in six games by the sixth-seeded Golden State Warriors, led by Stephen Curry.
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