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Thursday, August 12th, 2010 at 9:00 am  |  10 responses

Rod Thorn Becomes Sixers President

by Marcel Mutoni / @marcel_mutoni

With rumors swirling that he was unhappy with the new leadership in New Jersey, Rod Thorn stepped down from his position as longtime president of the team, and briefly “retired.” Until the Philadelphia Sixers came calling, that is.

Thorn will take over in Philly
, but current GM Ed Stefanksi is expected to keep his job with the organization.

The Phily Daily News reports:

The 76ers plan to hire Rod Thorn as the new team president, according to an NBA source. Announcement of the hiring will come today, according to the source. It appears Ed Stefanski, who was hired as the Sixers’ president and general manager in December 2007, will continue solely as the team’s GM.

Thorn was president of the New Jersey Nets for a decade. In his second season, 2001-02, the team reached the NBA Finals. Thorn and Stefanski, who was named the Nets’ GM in 2004, worked together for six seasons in New Jersey.

According to the source, the two sides reached an agreement yesterday, after chairman Ed Snider reached out to Thorn. Thorn left the New Jersey organization earlier this summer, not long after Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov took over the franchise.

Stefanski and Thorn had previously worked side-by-side, in Jersey.

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  • Hussman25

    Another good step in the right direction… Proven GM and quality hoops mind. Decent Hire. Kevin Pritchard may have been a better selection. But a safe choice. Stuffanski’s job is safe (DAMN!!!)

  • http://www.twitter.com/gerardhimself Gerard Himself

    this is great for the Sixers organization. I’m happy for Thorn, and will miss him as a Nets fan. He was the voice of reason in the past 10 years.

  • The Philosopher

    Respect.

  • http://aspov.blogspot.com Cheryl

    I didn’t think Thorn would be unemployed for long. Nice decision by Philly.

  • http://slamonline.com Krishan

    The good news is that philly will save money as long as thorn is there. The bad news is that they’ll wallow in mediocrity.

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    That’s a powerful picture of Thorn. Real talk.

  • http://www.shawnkemp.com brotherwithwisdom

    great move by philly.

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    Hmm. Youth on the floor and wisdom behind the door – Makes for a nice recipe. Philly the Eastern Conferences ‘most upcomming outfit’??

  • CruThik

    Smart son of a b*tch

  • http://www.stonesthrow.com Michael NZ

    Bill Simmons’ tweet summed this up.

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