From a radio interview in Vermont, Koby Altman offered some insight into his background and his outlook as GM of the Cleveland Cavaliers.
On 101.3 ESPN in Burlington, Vermont — near were Altman went to school and played basketball at Middlebury College — Altman talked about how his job will change this year now that’s he’s been promoted.
“My job is going to change this year. I’m going the be with the team a lot more. And they’re probably going to get tired of me,” Atlman said. “A lot of my job last year was finding talent. And if the team went on a West Coast trip, I would go somewhere else and I would and I’d go check out college games or I’d go check out D-League games or whatever the case may be. Now, I’m going to be with the team a lot and I think my relationships are gonna grow. I’m a relationships person and that’s one of my biggest strengths. I have really good relationships with the guys, but it’s gonna grow because I’m going to be around them a lot more.”
Altman also talked about his basketball philosophy and how it’s in line with Tyronn Lue’s. He noted that the team has built with spacing over the last few years.
“And, fortunately, we have the best player in the world,” he said.
You can listen to the full interview here. It’s worth a listen, as it’s the most in-depth look into him as a person so far. He, though, was not asked about Kyrie Irving or any trade possibilities. In the interview — which is his first since his intro press conference — Altman talked about idolizing Sam Presti, dealing with the media and controversy and more.