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May 6, 2013 Updates

Q: Finally, Masai Ujiri’s contract is up this summer. What can you tell us about keeping him in Denver? Nuggets president Josh Kroenke: “Masai and I, we pretty much figured that out between each other. We have a relationship where we openly discuss (everything). Last summer, Philadelphia made a run at him. I said, ‘Hey, buddy, if you want to be here, let’s talk about it when the time is right.’ That was really about it. For the fans, they should know Masai wants to be here and I think he enjoys working for me. I think we make a pretty good team, along with (vice president of basketball operations) Pete D’Alessandro, (scouting coordinator) Dan Tolzman and the rest of our scouting staff. I wouldn’t anticipate any issues there.” NBA.com

May 5, 2013 Updates
May 3, 2013 Updates

There has been much buzz around Denver about the future of George Karl, after the Nuggets coach lost 4-2 in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs to the Warriors. "George is under contract for next year. At this point in time, we haven't really given any thought to making any change whatsoever," Nuggets president Josh Kroenke told The Denver Post and nuggets.com. "As we do at the end of every season, we'll have internal meetings and George will obviously be a major part of them. We won 57 games and in my mind, he should hands down be the NBA coach of the year. We'll all put our heads together and try to figure out what happened (in the playoffs) and why it happened. We were without our second-leading scorer, and some benefit of the doubt should be given to a coach with well over 1,000 wins without one of his leading scorers (Danilo Gallinari) in the playoffs." Denver Post

May 1, 2013 Updates

Ujiri studied Karl's great Seattle teams from the mid-1990s. The type of players he got the most out of. The types who didn't fit. The way he liked to play. "The most impressive thing is his system," Ujiri said. "The way he coaches allows players to be very successful. Role players, star players, all kinds of players -- they all did well for him. "When I came here [Nuggets owner] Josh Kroenke told me that, if Carmelo left, the type of players we wanted to bring in were young and energetic, who would fit with his system." It was a conscious choice to aggregate talent and essentially shun the star-centric system. To prioritize speed, depth, athleticism, defensive ability and hustle over play-making and scoring talent. Or, as Karl puts it, ''Why don't we just go get really good players and try to make 'em great?" ESPN.com

October 2, 2012 Updates
August 17, 2012 Updates

During a whirlwind visit Thursday, he chatted with Karl about the Denver lifestyle and potential golf courses. Iguodala later shook hands with season ticket holders and thanked them for their support. He even poked fun of his new boss, Nuggets president Josh Kroenke. The two met a few years ago at the wedding of a mutual friend. Kroenke was just getting his start in the NBA at that time. “All he had was a Rolex (watch), some jeans and a white polo,” Iguodala said, drawing a laugh from Kroenke sitting to his right. “He said, ‘All I have is this Rolex and nothing else.’ We had a great time with one another and we bonded. How we came to this point is so funny.” NBA.com

June 12, 2012 Updates

"There's very few seasons that end as well as I think our season ended," Karl said. "But in the same sense, I think we've got to be a little cautious of being too optimistic. But the summer is fun for us. We've always loved the summer. ... And hey, we've got good young players. In the end we might have too many good young players, but that's going to be Masai (Ujiri, Nuggets executive VP of basketball operations) and his (team president Josh Kroenke's) problem. My problem is to make them as confident and ready to go next year." Denver Post

March 20, 2012 Updates

Josh Kroenke explained his frustration about a couple of national reports he read, which stated that Denver signed big man Nene with the intention of trading Nene later in the season. “I want to squash that right now,” said Kroenke, the Nuggets president. “This organization is not in a situation where we can take a $60-plus million gamble like that. Masai (Ujiri) and I, before the season started, we had numerous plans in place, even if we weren’t able to retain Nene. Our initial plan was to have Nene around for quite a while. It hurt me to see that (people) thought that I would view someone like that. Nene has been such a vital cog in this organization, he’s been so great on and off the floor, he married a girl from Denver, they just had a baby. Things like that go into a decision like that and it affects me big-time. To see (those rumors) out there, I want to step out in front of it and say – that’s not the case. Denver Post

March 13, 2012 Updates
March 10, 2012 Updates

Q: A lot of people probably ask you about Wilson Chandler. Is there any update on his status? Josh Kroenke: He was here (in Denver) and it was great to see him. I think he had a very good experience in China. It wasn’t the NBA, but I think he has a greater appreciation now of what our league is. We’re still in active talks. I don’t know what’s going to wind up happening. We definitely want Wilson on our team. It’s tough because it’s such a unique situation trying to add a young veteran player to a new contract in the middle of a season. There are so many factors that go into a decision like that. We’re working hard on trying to add him. NBA.com

Q: This franchise has never been shy about making a move to improve the team. With the March 15 trade deadline approaching, what’s your philosophy this season? A: Our ears are always open. We’re in a position this year where we don’t have to do anything, which is where you want to be in pro sports. Where you get in trouble in trades and deals and contracts is when people know you have to act. That’s when you end up overpaying somebody or making a lopsided trade that’s not in your favor. I think we’re in a position this year where we don’t have to do anything. I’m sure Masai will be working the phones and I’ll be talking to people here and there. We have ideas on what we’d like to do and where we could possibly improve, but we don’t need to do anything. We’re pretty pleased with where we are in the season, but if something comes up, you’ve always got to be ready. NBA.com

After working in the front office during the most successful three-year stretch in franchise history, Kroenke took over as team president before the 2010-11 season. He has since worked closely with executive vice president Masai Ujiri to reshape Denver’s roster through trades and the draft, while retaining key players such as Arron Afflalo, Danilo Gallinari and Nene. With the Nuggets entering the final seven weeks of the season, Kroenke sat down at a recent shootaround to provide a view from the president’s box, so to speak. Q: What was your assessment of the first half of the season? A: We got off to a hot start and people were even asking me then, ‘Have you been surprised by this group of guys?’ Not necessarily have they surprised me; they were just kind of ahead of the curve. Eventually we came back down to earth, as any NBA team does over the course of a season. We battled through some injuries. We’re getting guys back healthy and we needed some rest. I think more than anything, that’s what the All-Star break gave us. NBA.com

Q: What advice has your father Stan Kroenke given you as you go through your first two years dealing with the ups-and-downs of the season and the other challenges inherent to running an NBA team? A: There are too many games to think about one win or one loss too much. You always have to be looking forward and moving forward. When it comes to some of the business stuff, he’s taught me extremely well. I’ve been groomed for this position for quite some time. While I understand a lot about the way the business works, I also know there’s a lot that I don’t understand yet. That’s where (Kroenke Sports & Entertainment executives) Jim Martin, Bruce Glazer, Mark Waggoner, Kurt Schwartzkopf, Stephen Stieneker, and all of the rest of our executive level guys come in. They do an unbelievable job of helping me out. For a young executive like me, they make things a lot easier and help me learn when I have questions … of which I have a lot! NBA.com

April 17, 2011 Updates

And Denver's sports fans better get used to him. (Josh) Kroenke runs two of the four major pro franchises in town and will for years, fueled by his Midwestern work ethic, calculating business mind and a sizable chip on his shoulder. "I've been teased since I was a kid about my family, and I've been ridiculed as a player," said Kroenke, in his first wide-ranging interview since taking over the Nuggets last summer. "Then, with the Nuggets, people would write that (executive) Masai (Ujiri) and I didn't know what we were doing. I've got to give credit to all the people who ripped me apart. They made me the person I am today. Though I didn't realize it at the time, I was getting seasoned for public life." Denver Post

In the summer of 2007, Kroenke dabbled with the idea of transitioning into sports management. His DNA, after all, is laced with orange leather, but he wondered what people would say. He had a talk with Neary that proved pivotal. "I told Mike, 'I want to do my own thing and be my own person,' and he said something like, 'That's the dumbest excuse I've ever heard,' " Kroenke recalled with a laugh. "Something very blunt. He goes, 'Life is all about opportunity and what you love to do, and you have the opportunity to carve out your own individual niche under your family's umbrella. What makes you happy? If it's what you love to do — and the opportunity is there — then why wouldn't you try it?' " Denver Post

He's the anti-heir. There's an heiress so famous that when people hear her first name, they think of Hilton, not France. Kroenke is an heir so anonymous that, on occasion, he will be asked to show his ID badge in the private hallways during a Nuggets game. "He has many outstanding personal attributes, but by far his greatest attribute is his humility," said Milwaukee Bucks general manager John Hammond, who coached Kroenke as an assistant at Missouri. "I truly admire him for the man that he is." Denver Post

Stan Kroenke comes across, to those who know him well, as outgoing, passionate, funny and incredibly proud of his daughter, Whitney, 33, and his son, Josh. Perhaps the most telling accomplishment of Stan and Ann Kroenke is, wealth notwithstanding, how normal their kids turned out. "Our parents always emphasized hard work, character and loyalty — they helped put everything in perspective," said Whitney Kroenke, who Josh proudly calls "the smart one." "Growing up, he (Josh) was a rambunctious little boy, and he's grown into this incredibly poised man. It's been really fun to watch." Denver Post

March 23, 2011 Updates

As the NBA’s youngest president, Kroenke understood why so many people were skeptical whether he and Ujiri could pull off a franchise- defining trade. “I made a joke to people in passing that I wasn’t born as recently as a lot of people in this business, but I wasn’t born yesterday,” Kroenke said. “I understand that I might not know the fine points of the NBA like several people in this business. But I learned a lot throughout the process. It was an education of six years in six months. But I do know basketball and did know that superstars don’t exactly grow on trees.” Yahoo! Sports

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