It was announced Thursday that Memphis Grizzlies Vice President Zach Kleiman has been voted Executive of the Year for the 2021-22 season. The equality in the delivery of the award made Koby Altman, president of basketball operations for the Cavs, finish second in the voting. The recognition angered team owner Dan Gilbert, who doubted the veracity of the prestigious honor.
According to Gilbert, the injuries the Cavs dealt with throughout the season played a role in Altman not being awarded the title: «Our very own President of Basketball Operations, Koby Altman, ended up tied for the second place as NBA Executive of the Year. Congratulations to the winner, Memphis Grizzlies General Manager Zach Kleiman. But our injuries hurt Koby’s chances of winning the award. I think he will be a top contender again next year,» Gilbert said in his tweet.
The Cavs probably could have progressed in the playoffs had it not been for the injuries. This is what Gilbert believes, who thinks Altman would have had a great shot at Executive of the Year if Cleveland had dodged physical issues. Collin Sexton and Ricky Rubio’s early-season injuries hit hard, as did Jarrett Allen’s injury toward the end of the regular season.
What we can say for sure is that the Cavaliers will compete again next season and, as Gilbert said, Altman is expected to be an Executive of the Year candidate again in the near future.
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