It’s close, but Ainge becomes the first member of Celtics to win the award.
L.A. Times: Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak finished second in the vote for NBA executive of the year, a near-turnaround from an off-season in which he presided over a franchise that teetered on the edge.
Boston General Manager Danny Ainge won the award, announced by the Sporting News, which polled general managers and other executives from all 30 NBA teams. Ainge received 18 of the 47 votes, Kupchak had 14 votes, and New Orleans General Manager Jeff Bower was third with 12 votes.
Kupchak received voters’ attention in part because of the February trade that landed Pau Gasol and revived the Lakers’ season. He also stood pat when Kobe Bryant wanted to be traded during the off-season and resisted numerous offers for Andrew Bynum.
The Lakers finished with the best regular-season record in the Western Conference.
“I don’t see why he shouldn’t finish first,” forward Lamar Odom said. “Thinking of some of the guys that he picked, people kind of wondered about that. To understand what Bynum was going to do and what he was going to bring, he’s definitely deserving of it. And then, to be able to pull off that Gasol trade was amazing, especially in the middle of the year like that.”
And, Odom added, “He did a great job by keeping this team together.”