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Pat Riley, Gar Forman share Executive of the Year

Posted on: May 10, 2011 1:18 pm
Edited on: May 10, 2011 1:34 pm
 
Miami Heat president Pat Riley and Chicago Bulls executive Gar Forman will share the 2011 NBA Executive of the Year Award. Posted by Ben Golliver.
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Their teams are poised to face off in the Eastern Conference Finals after finishing with the top records in the Eastern Conference and enjoying two of the busiest summers last season.

Sure, it's a copout, but it's not a total surprise that Miami Heat president and Chicago Bulls GM Gar Forman will share the 2010-2011 NBA Executive of the Year award. 
In his 13th season with Chicago and second as its general manager, Forman saw the Bulls win a league-best 62 games, rookie coach Tom Thibodeau earn the Red Auerbach Trophy as the 2010-11 NBA Coach of the Year, and Derrick Rose become the youngest player to win the Maurice Podoloff Trophy as the 2010-11 Kia NBA Most Valuable Player. Forman transformed a 41-win Bulls team by signing free agents Carlos Boozer, Ronnie Brewer, and Kyle Korver among others. 
Riley entered his 16th season with the Heat as the architect of arguably one of the most successful offseasons in NBA history. Riley re-signed Dwyane Wade, and signed perennial All-Stars Chris Bosh and LeBron James to form the core of a team that went on to win 58 games and capture the second seed in the Eastern Conference. 
Forman and Riley received each received 11 of a possible 30 votes from a panel of their fellow team executives throughout the NBA. The Bulls’ John Paxson finished third with three votes and San Antonio’s R.C. Buford finished fourth with two votes. Oklahoma City’s Sam Presti, New Jersey’s Billy King and New York’s Donnie Walsh received one vote each.
Riley and Forman offer dueling roster construction theories. Riley, obviously, has embraced the top-heavy approach by catering to the whims of two superstars (plus a semistar) and filling out the rest of the roster with spare parts and bit pieces. Forman has taken a more traditional approach, methodically building around a franchise point guard by collecting role players that complement his skills. 

Which approach will win out on the court? We should know the answer to that in a few weeks. But both are worthy of recognition even if that means we must swallow a tie for the first time in the history of this award, which dates back to 1972-1973. That Paxon also received three votes seems like it should have served as a tie-breaker, but oh well.

Previous winners of the award include Milwaukee's John Hammond (2009-2010), Denver's Mark Warkentien (2008-2009), Boston's Danny Ainge (2007-2008), Toronto's Bryan Colangelo (2006-2007) and the Los Angeles Clippers' Elgin Baylor (2005-2006).
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Since: Apr 6, 2011
Posted on: May 11, 2011 10:11 pm
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Since: May 24, 2010
Posted on: May 11, 2011 6:49 pm
 

Pat Riley, Gar Forman share Executive of the Year

Lets go over the Match-ups for the Bulls-Heat...

PG- Bulls by a ton

SG- Heat by a ton

SF- Heat by a lot

PF- Heat have the edge

C- Bulls by a good amount

Bench- Bulls by a lot

Coach- Bulls by a lot

The Heat had a good matchup against the Celtics as their point guard had 1 arm, and their center was traded away a couple months ago, so the Celtics didn't have any favorable match-ups hence why they are running away with that series. It should be a great series if it is Bulls-Heat, but people need to stop brushing the Bulls to the side.



Since: Sep 19, 2007
Posted on: May 11, 2011 5:08 pm
 

Pat Riley, Gar Forman share Executive of the Year

Hahahaha neontomato... You can't be serious with that statement. Mavs just destroyed the Lakers and beat the formidable Blazers. If the heat get past the C's and overcome their inability at the 1 against the Bulls we will see what you do with a real team like the Mavericks. A superstar possessed in Dirk Nowitzki, a good starting cast, and a great bench. Don't forget that Carlisle outcoached the zen master...You know in your heart that the Heat coach is pathetic.

BTW, I and others could care less about who the mavs play in the west finals.

Lets get it!!! Go Mavs!!!




Since: May 24, 2010
Posted on: May 11, 2011 9:22 am
 

Pat Riley, Gar Forman share Executive of the Year

<span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; color: #333333;">Boston beat us 3/4 too, and look how they are doing..


<span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; color: #333333;">Sure but the Boston team that beat you was 0-1 against you. Boston made the trade that ruined their season, then the better team won in that fourth matchup. I'm not saying that the Bulls will blow away the Heat, all I am saying is that the Heat will definitely not blow away the Bulls. It will be an interesting matchup of 3-man team, vs complete teamwork team. 


And to the guy that said Riley put a good supporting cast around them... Are you kidding? There is no arguing that the Heat have the worst bench in the league, and players that should be on the bench are starting at the #1 and #5 spot. Mike Bibby is probably the worst starting PG in the league, and Big Z is a very below average center.



Since: Dec 4, 2007
Posted on: May 11, 2011 2:49 am
 

Pat Riley, Gar Forman share Executive of the Year

I cannot wait for the Heat to play the Bulls.. They Bulls fans need to get off their high horse of, "WE beat you in the regular season, so we are better!"

Boston beat us 3/4 too, and look how they are doing... Any team can beat any team in the regular season on any given night. Chicago's 3 wins were by a combined 5 points I think...

No team in the NBA can beat the Heat in a series. No team can beat them 4 games out of 7 consecutive in a series. Period.



Since: Jul 24, 2009
Posted on: May 11, 2011 2:05 am
 

Pat Riley, Gar Forman share Executive of the Year

Seems like they just pass that award around the NFL - and make sure as many different executive get it as possible.



Since: May 4, 2011
Posted on: May 11, 2011 1:04 am
 

Pat Riley, Gar Forman share Executive of the Year

Mhyland Riley had to do plenty of leg work he had to strip the roster down to the bone just to be able to sign the most sought after free agent class in NBA history. Not to mention the resigning of Haslem and Anthony, signing Miller, Big Z, Bibby, Dampier. He did exactly what critics said he couldn't, he has built a team. If you need proof just watch the playoffs. Forman signed Boozer because he couldn't sign James, Wade or Bosh. Chicago's success is do to the progression of Rose and his supporting cast which was already in place minus the Utah Jazz big 3. It seems to me Riley should have won this unanamously. Jealousy and envy had alot to do with this vote don't kid yourself.



Since: May 4, 2011
Posted on: May 11, 2011 12:41 am
 

Pat Riley, Gar Forman share Executive of the Year

This is seriously disturbing, that Pat Riley can't get his due. Ask yourselves 3 questions. 1) Who was the most sought after free agent this off season? 2) Who was the 2nd most sought after free agent this off season? 3) Arguably who was the 3rd most sought after free agent this season? All 3 are playing in Miami! Not only did he pull that off, but he has put together a great supporting cast for them. He Resigned Haslem and Anthony, signed big Z, Miller, Dampier, Bibby. Forman signed Boozer, Brewer, and Korver, you do the math. Chicago's success has less to do with off season moves, pick ups and trades, than the progression of Derrick Rose and an already talented lineup. I will give him credit for hiring Tibbs too, that also has alot to do with their win total this season. Obviously people can't quinch their thirst when it comes to Miami, because their sipping the hatorade every chance they get. Forman should not even except this award.



Since: May 24, 2010
Posted on: May 10, 2011 11:17 pm
 

Pat Riley, Gar Forman share Executive of the Year

<span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; border-collapse: collapse; color: #333333; -webkit-border-horizontal-spacing: 2px; -webkit-border-vertical-spacing: 2px;">The only thing Gar did was get a lucky lottery bounce to land Rose.


I agree that the Bulls got lucky to get that pick at #1, but it was a vastly unpopular decision to take Rose instead of Michael Beasley. At the time the Bulls had many good guards in Kirk Hinrich, Chris Duhon, and Ben Gordan; what the Bulls were missing was a big man, but Forman went out and got D. Rose and traded Duhon and Gordan. I understand that this happened 3 years ago, but the move is showing its genius this year as Rose is the MVP, and most people couldn't even tell you what team Beasley is on. 


Brewer is averaging 2.4 points in 13mpg in the playoffs.


Considering Ronnie Brewer is one of the best one-on-one defenders in the game, those stats mean nothing.


Bosh signed for less money than Boozer, is 3-years younger, and is outplaying him in the playoffs.


Not sure he is outplaying him too much, though he is definitely out crying him. Not even to mention that Boozer has torn ligaments in his toe.


If your Heatles are so good then why did they lose to the Bulls three times already, and end with a worse record? (If you can't think of anything just say that the regular season doesn't matter and the Heat are going to win in the playoffs.)










 



Since: Jan 17, 2007
Posted on: May 10, 2011 8:44 pm
 

Pat Riley, Gar Forman share Executive of the Year

Riley should send the championship trophy along with Mike Miller's and Udonis Haslem's MRI's to accept this award on his behalf.


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