Forman and Riley received each received 11 of a possible 30
votes from a panel of their fellow team executives throughout the NBA. The
Bulls' John Paxson finished third with three votes and San Antonio's R.C.
Buford finished fourth with two votes. Oklahoma City's Sam Presti, New Jersey's
Billy King and New York's Donnie Walsh received one vote each.
So the Chicago Bulls as an organization pulled down 14 of 30 votes.
I think the voting goes to show a few things:
1: John Paxson and Gar Forman are clearly jointly handling responsibilities since Paxson pulled some of the votes for the award. Either the other GMs forgot whom they was running the team, or Paxson is still fairly active.
2: The rest of the NBA has great respect for what the Bulls accomplished this season.
3: Either the rest of the NBA hates the Heat or view the unholy trinity as signing there largely due to Dwyane Wade and didn't credit Riley much.
The ultimate tie breaker for this award will be determined when (hopefully) they match up in the ECF. Of course, that matchup is a bit more tenuous for Chicago than Miami as the Bulls are knotted up 2-2 with Atlanta while the Heat have a 3-1 lead over Boston.