A general manager needs many traits to succeed in the NBA.
It's about much more than just knowing basketball well. General managers have to be great communicators and negotiators. They have to think several steps ahead and be innovators.
But perhaps most importantly, they have to be aggressive. All those hours on the phone can lead up to one moment, and the best general managers know exactly when to push their chips in and go for it.
Aggression doesn't always relate to success, though. It needs to be paired with a keen sense of self-awareness and a defined direction, lest it become reckless.
Being a GM is a little like being a high-stakes gambler in a way. There are ups and downs, but it's about the process and not the result.
With that in mind, let's take a look at the gambling personas of the league's most aggressive general managers.