Altman has his work cut out

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - SPORTS -

CLEVELAND — Koby Altman’s sum­mer job has turned into some­thing per­ma­nent.

The Cava­liers, who have had a bumpy few weeks since los­ing in the NBA Fi­nals, named Altman their full-time gen­eral man­ager on Mon­day.

The pro­mo­tion had been ex­pected for days and is a re­ward for the 34-year-old, who has been serv­ing as Cleveland’s in­terim GM this sum­mer af­ter David Grif­fin parted ways with the club.

Altman came to Cleveland in 2012 and was pro­moted to Grif­fin’s as­sis­tant last sum­mer af­ter the Cavs won the cham­pi­onship. He will be the fifth GM for owner Dan Gil­bert since 2005.

Gil­bert said he’s been im­pressed with the job Altman — and other mem­bers of Cleveland’s front of­fice — have done over the past five weeks.

“Koby has led our front of­fice through this tran­si­tion pe­riod, im­press­ing many in­side the fran­chise and out­side the or­ga­ni­za­tion, as well,” Gil­bert said in a state­ment.

“We are very ex­cited that he will now be of­fi­cially lead­ing the basketball side of our fran­chise. Koby has the cre­den­tials, knowl­edge, ex­pe­ri­ence and in­stincts to be an out­stand­ing gen­eral man­ager.

“In ad­di­tion to th­ese pos­i­tive at­tributes and out­stand­ing re­la­tion­ships around the league, Koby will in­spire and im­pact the best pos­si­ble cul­ture through­out the or­ga­ni­za­tion.

“We are go­ing to see a ca­pa­ble and pas­sion­ate leader who will also cul­ti­vate new ideas and in­no­va­tion. The speed of the game is ever faster on the court and in the front of­fices around our league. I am con­fi­dent that Koby is equipped and pre­pared to lead and suc­ceed in this dy­namic en­vi­ron­ment.”

Altman and Gil­bert are sched­uled to meet the me­dia on Wed­nes­day in what prom­ises to be an en­light­en­ing news con­fer­ence.

Th­ese are strange days for the Cavs. All-Star point guard Kyrie Irv­ing re­cently asked to be traded and LeBron James is head­ing into his fi­nal sea­son un­der con­tract.

Altman will now be the one with fi­nal say on ros­ter moves go­ing for­ward.

He joined the Cavs as pro per­son­nel man­ager and was pro­moted to di­rec­tor of pro player per­son­nel the fol­low­ing year. As as­sis­tant GM, Altman was in charge of player eval­u­a­tion do­mes­ti­cally and abroad. He also over­saw the team’s scout­ing ef­forts and was in­volved in all as­pects of the team’s basketball oper­a­tions.

“I am grate­ful to Dan for the op­por­tu­nity to be­come gen­eral man­ager of the Cava­liers,” Altman said. “His con­fi­dence, sup­port and strong com­mit­ment to achiev­ing our col­lec­tive goals is very clear to me and I look for­ward to con­tin­u­ing our ef­forts. I am ex­cited and proud to lead a frontof­fice team that will con­tinue to be sharply fo­cused on com­pet­ing for cham­pi­onships.”

I am ex­cited and proud to lead a front-of­fice team that will con­tinue to be sharply fo­cused on com­pet­ing for cham­pi­onships.”

Koby Altman

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