Denver Nuggets executive vice president of basketball operations Masai Ujiri, who built a roster that won a franchise-best 57 games, was named Thursday as the 2012-13 NBA Executive of the Year.
Ujiri, the first African-born general manager in a major American sport, is the third Nuggets executive to receive the award, after Mark Warkentien (2008-09) and Vince Boryla (1984-85).
Also, George Karl was named NBA Coach of the Year on Wednesday.
Ujiri assembled a group that featured nine players who averaged between 8.0 and 16.7 points per game and a bench that ranked second overall in scoring, at 41.3 points per game.
---Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau laughed off the latest Derrick Rose rumor, when he shot down a HoopsWorld report that said his star would suit up for Game 3.
The story only said Rose would suit up, not play.
"What report? I didn't see it," Thibodeau told reporters Wednesday. "You guys floating it out there? Nothing has changed with him."
Rose participated in Wednesday's shootaround, and did his normal game-day routine.
---Washington Wizards center Jason Collins will receive the courage award from the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network for his decision to announce his sexual orientation.
Collins announced he was gay in a May 6 Sports Illustrated cover story -- becoming the first openly active gay athlete in any of the four major sports. He has received support from fellow NBA players, including NBA commissioner David Stern.
---Viewership for the first round of the NBA Playoffs fell 9 percent from last year's opening round, according to Sports Business Daily.
The first round averaged 2.96 million viewers for 45 games across ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, TNT and NBA TV, compared to 3.27 million viewers for 44 telecasts last year. ABC averaged 5.11 million viewers for its four broadcasts, which up slightly from five telecasts last season, which included Game 7 between the Memphis Grizzlies and Los Angeles Clippers.