Masai Ujiri was a young man when he was hired, and was paid the lowest salary in the NBA. While he taught us that was no indicator of success, it seems as if Josh Kroenke may have done something similar with the hiring of Tim Connelly.
The Nuggets future and Josh Kroenke's legacy as Denver Nuggets President and Governor both rest on his coach and GM hires.
Pay Masai Ujiri, Kroenke Sports Enterprises, or fans will remember why their favorite team doesn't have a chance for a championship.
Did George Karl deserve another vote of confidence and the chance to coach the Nuggets for one more year?
"Masia Ujuri has shown that, when it comes to trade negotiations, he speaks softly but carries a big stick. The Nuggets have pulled the trigger before on deals that never, ever saw the light of day until after they were done"
Denver Nuggets General Manager, Masai Ujuri was profiled in this CNN "African Voices" segment. Pretty cool, you guys.
(via Denver Stiffs)
We learned from Jeffrey Morton at Denver Stiffs this morning that Yahoo's Adrian Wojnarowski
is reporting the Philadelphia 76ers tried to snipe Masai Ujiri from the Denver Nuggets this summer.
The rest of the NBA is apparently waking up the idea that Ujiri is a top shelf manager, a super evaluator of talent and a guy players want to play for. Denver can't afford to lose him. Unfortunately, he's also the lowest paid GM in the entire NBA.
Pay the man, Stan.
Kroenke is notoriously cheap. In every single sport where he has an interest he is known as an Ebenezer. He does things his way - and his way does not include writing lots of checks he deems unneccesary. Ask an Arsenal fan. Hell, ask an Avalanche fan. His strategy seems to be to build teams that are just good enough to sell tickets and concessions.
When it comes to Ujiri Stan can't mess around. He reportedly gave Masai permission to talk to the 76ers. That's no bueno.
Carmelo's gone. He took Chauncey with him. JR and Kenyon weren't willing to wait. They're in China. Wilson Chandler bailed, too. As they head toward their first game (on the day after Christmas), your Denver Nuggets are selling from an empty shelf. Almost.