By Official Release
Posted May 10 2011 1:17PM
NEW YORK -- Chicago Bulls General Manager Gar Forman and Miami Heat President Pat Riley are co-recipients of the 2010-11 NBA Executive of the Year award, the NBA announced today.
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.
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Russell Westbrook drives past the defense and is able to get the and-one layup to fall.
|Westbrook Does It All|
Russell Westbrook grabs the board, dribbles the length of the floor and finishes the play with a tough layup.
|Length of the Floor|
Russell Westbrook grabs the ball and takes it the length of the floor for the layup.
James Harden drives and gets the tough and-one to fall.
James Harden puts the pass exactly where it needs to be for Thabo Sefolosha to be able to finish the play.
The Thunder run the break and James Harden finishes the play with a dunk.
Marc Gasol hustles and dives on the floor to save the ball.
Kevin Durant goes glass while being fouled for the chance at the And-one.
O.J. Mayo gets the pass from Shane Battier and throws down the big dunk.
|Westbrook Goes For a Drive|
Russell Westbrook blows past the defense on his drive to the basket.