In a tally quite similar to that of the Coach of the Year honor, Phoenix Suns general manager Ryan McDonough was second in the 2014 NBA Executive of the Year award voting. It’s similar because...

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Welp, looks like it's the year of Lifetime Achievement Awards. Two weeks after Gregg Popovich beat out Jeff Hornacek for Coach of the Year, Spurs GM R.C. Buford wins Executive of the Year.

San Antonio Spurs GM R.C Buford won the Executive of the Year award this season over Suns GM Ryan McDonough.

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One guy brought back 9 of his top 10 rotation players from an NBA Finals team to win another 62 games this season and survive a 7-game scare in the opening round from the #8 seed.

The other guy replaced 7 of his top 10 rotation players from the worst team in the West to win 48 games this season and miss the playoffs by just one game, while also keeping his cap sheet clean and adding two more #1 draft picks in the 2014 Draft.

Of course, the first guy wins the Executive of the Year award because... he didn't blink? Because he was smart enough not to break up an NBA Finals team?

Okay, I'm being harsh here.

But Buford's win screams of a lifetime achievement award, which is fine if that's what you're going for. But he did all of his heavy work in prior years, and established a culture of everyone staying.

His biggest acquisitions in the offseason were Marco Bellinelli to replace Gary Neal, and the addition of Jeff Ayers to play some minutes as the fifth big man.

Of course.

Spur'd again.

Podcast #55 is a super-sized affair with more than an hour of great insights from a former Phoenix Suns front office member and current ESPN columnist, Amin Elhassan.

Ever wonder what goes on behind the scenes of an NBA front office? Then this podcast is the place to be. We've got over an hour worth of interview with friend of the podcast Amin Elhassan, who offers particular insight into the draft and free agency process facing the Suns this offseason.

Amin joins Kris and Dave to answer lots of questions:

  • Does having a "style" like the Suns make the draft and free agency easier (focus) or more difficult (narrows choices)?
  • Which of the big-name free agents fit the Suns style, and which ones don't?
  • In free agency, how much earlier does an FO know they lost a free agent than the general public, thanks to guys like Adrian Wojnarowski breaking the news?
  • In the Draft, which guys jump out as the best fit on the Suns scheme?
  • Shouldn't the Suns fill in some gaps (defense, rebounding, low-post scoring) in the Draft?
  • Do the presence of Alex Len and Archie Goodwin narrow down draft choices, or is it okay to draft a center and/or a combo guard anyway?
  • Do the presence of Eric Bledsoe and Goran Dragic in the starting lineup deter you from drafting a point guard?
  • A year later, is Alex Len a good fit or bad fit on the Suns?
This podcast is gold, folks. hit it up and stay a while. The whole thing last just over an hour.

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The NBA named the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Kevin Durant the 2014 NBA MVP on Tuesday in what was not even a close call with LeBron James. After that duo, there was heavy support for Blake Griffin...

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