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Joe Axelson (December 25, 1927 – May 31, 2008) was an American sports executive who won the first NBA Executive of the Year Award in 1973 while serving as general manager of the Kansas City-Omaha Kings.[1] He was partly responsible for the shifting of the original Cincinnati Royals franchise to Kansas City-Omaha, and then on to Sacramento, California.[2]

He died on May 31, 2008 at his home in Coronado, California, aged 80.[2]

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