The Cleveland Cavaliers have a Jewish owner in Dan Gilbert.
They had a Jewish coach in David Blatt from the 2014-15 season to midway through the 2015-16 season.
Now, the Cavs have a Jewish general manager in Koby Altman, who will be introduced to the media this afternoon.
"I am incredibly grateful to Dan for the opportunity to become general manager of the Cavaliers,” said Altman, who was named general manager on July 24. “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 also excited and proud to lead a front office team that will continue to be sharply focused on competing for championships. That challenge is what drives all of us.
“Cleveland fans support the Cavs with passion, pride and loyalty. That’s something all of us here have a deep respect for and will never take for granted. We will always work hard and search for creative ideas that will impact our success on the court and in the community.”
Altman has been leading the front office the last five weeks after former general manager David Griffin left the club.
Altman has been a member of the Cavs basketball front office for the past five years, most recently serving as assistant general manager, having been promoted to that position in September 2016. He helped assemble a roster and coaching staff that have taken the Cavs to three straight NBA Finals, including winning a title in 2016.
“Over the past month, Koby Altman has led our front office group through this transition period, impressing many inside the franchise and outside the organization, as well,” Gilbert said. “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 joined the Cavs in August 2012 as pro personnel manager and was promoted to director of pro player personnel in September 2013.
As assistant general manager, Altman was responsible for player evaluation across all levels of basketball, both domestically and abroad.
Prior to joining the Cavs, Altman served as an assistant coach at Columbia University in New York for two seasons, where he also led Columbia’s developmental basketball program. Altman spent the 2009-10 season at Southern Illinois in Carbondale, Ill., as a graduate assistant after earning his master’s degree in sport management at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. While earning his graduate degree at UMASS, he coached at nearby Amherst College in Amherst, Mass., for two seasons and helped guide the team to a 48-11 record.
Altman, a Brooklyn, N.Y. native, played collegiately at Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vt., where he was a three-year starter at point guard.