But he wasn’t the only NBA executive coasting on the job.
Henry Abbott of TrueHoop on The Full 48 with Howard Beck:
One time on TrueHoop, I published that I’d heard from a team, a front-office employee, that their GM was in the office about four hours a week. I published that on TrueHoop at, let’s say, 10:30 in the morning. Before noon, I had gotten three different phone calls being like, “How do you know about our GM?” I was like, “It wasn’t your GM!”
Being an NBA general manager is a massive undertaking.
The general manager is charged with drafting, trading and signing players. The preparation necessary to do those things well is exhausting.
Except in a few organizations with active and present owners, the general manager also sets a tone and organizes all of basketball operations. Though those internal responsibilities often get overlooked, they’re vital.
I can’t imagine doing all that well in just four hours per week. How do the owners tolerate that?