The Cleveland Cavaliers announced today and addition to their front office. The Cavaliers have appointed Koby Altman to the position of Pro Personnel Manager. In this position, Altman will coordinate the professional scouting within the United States and work with General Manager Chris Grant and Vice President of Basketball Operations David Griffin on other player personnel related matters.
It seems that Altman is someone who could help Cleveland in the scouting department. He has spent the last two seasons at Columbia University, where he served as an assistant coach and the head of their developmental basketball program.
To go along with that, Altman has worked with the youth levels of United States basketball, serving as the Operations Manager for the Under-17 team in the 2010 FIBA Under-17 World Championships in Hamburg, Germany. The year previous to that, he assisted on the USA 19-and-under team, which competed in the FIBA Under-19 World Championships. Both of these teams won gold in their respective tournaments.
Altman also was a graduate assistant at Southern Illinois, after he earned his master's degree in sports management from UMASS-Amherst. He also coached at UMASS-Amherst for two seasons and played point guard for three years collegiately at Middlebury College.
While this is not an appointment that will shake the Cavalier universe, it does seem to make some sense. Altman, who is only 29, has been around winning organizations and seems be respected in the international basketball ranks. He has worked with and scouted talented players at the national team level, and could help Cleveland with an additional eye in scouting.
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