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Spurs' Buford named league's top executive


In the wake of a devastating loss to Miami in the NBA Finals last season, Buford didn't panic.
   The moves weren't flashy, but were exactly what the Spurs needed to recover from that bitter defeat and post the best record in the NBA.
   In each of his first 11 seasons as GM in San Antonio, Buford was overlooked come awards season.
   Popovich said last month that he was surprised Buford, who's in his 23rd season with the franchise, never had been named the league's top executive.
   The Spurs started this season with 10 international players on the roster, an NBA record.

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