Celebrating their success
But that shadow is getting bigger. Before getting hired in Denver, Tim Connelly watched as some of his closest friends in the business made the jump to general manager.
Ryan McDonough, whose father Will was a legendary Boston sports columnist and whose brother Sean is a well-known sports announcer, worked for the Boston Celtics and was hired at 31 to run the Phoenix Suns, where he immediately hired Pat. Masai Ujiri moved to Toronto and opened the door for Tim Connelly to be hired by the Nuggets.
"Those guys are some of my best friends. Definitely the last couple of years I've been unbelievably proud to see them make the jump. Certainly I would be excited about the challenge [of being a GM himself]," Tim Connelly said earlier this month. "But I think I am in my dream job right now [in New Orleans]. I have far exceeded what I thought would be a realistic expectation in this profession. It's been a very lucky run I've been on."
When Tim Connelly gets married in early August in Washington, the NBA will be well represented.
"There will be seven GMs at my wedding," said Connelly, who will now make it eight.
As the family gathered for Father's Day last weekend at the Connelly summer home on the Virginia shore, Tim Connelly called from New Orleans to say he was flying to Denver to interview for the general manager job. He was named the next day.
Joe Connelly said the family had a celebration similar to what followed the news of brother Pat's hiring by the Suns around Mother's Day. "It wasn't like we were popping champagne bottles," he said. "It was more a sense of being proud."
The road from Baltimore to the NBA got another high-profile addition.