Jazz Klauke named NBA Equipment Manager of the Year
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Utah Jazz won another surprise late in the season, this time for groundwork. Adam Klauke named David “DH” Nordstrom 2020-21 Equipment Manager of the Year.
Although he operates primarily behind the scenes, Klauke has been with Jazz since the days of John Stockton and Karl Malone, beginning his career with the organization in 1999 as a team attendant.
“I’m so happy for my man, Klauke,” Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell said in a team statement. “He does everything for us. He’s up late at night and here early in the morning. He really is the first here and the last to go and always makes sure our things are ready to go.
Klauke was promoted to Deputy Equipment Manager in 2012 and Senior Equipment Manager in 2015.
The Equipment Manager is responsible for day-to-day issues that fans might not think of when the team is at home and on the road. Klauke is not only responsible for making sure baggage goes from the team bus to the team plane and back, but he also helps set up player lockers before every practice and game.
“You’re just caught in the season and play, you move and travel,” said Mike Conley in a video posted by the team last season, “but a guy who always has your sweats and the right pair of shoes, the the right shirts, the right hoodies – you don’t even have to ask for things, this is the kind of situation you want to have and it has it set up perfectly.
The award is given for outstanding achievement and professionalism that goes beyond and off the basketball courts and is voted on by the NBA’s 30 equipment managers.