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NBA names Rod Thorn President of Basketball Operations as Executive VP Stu Jackson steps down

Jul 10, 2013, 6:47 PM EDT

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The NBA announced some changes in its offices on Wednesday involving some fairly high-ranking positions.

Stu Jackson, Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations will be leaving the NBA after more than 13 years, and longtime league and team executive Rod Thorn will be joining the league office as President of Basketball Operations effective August 1.

From the official release:

“Stu has made enormous contributions to the NBA over the past 13 years,” said commissioner David Stern. “He informed Adam Silver, Joel Litvin and me some months ago that after a long and distinguished career at the league he felt that this was the appropriate time to step down.  We thank Stu for a job very well done, including assisting with the transition to Rod, and wish him the best in his future endeavors.”

As EVP, Basketball Operations, Jackson was in charge of all oncourt and international basketball operations, including game rules, conduct, discipline and analytics and also served as chairman of the NBA Competition Committee and on FIBA’s Competition Commission and USA Basketball’s Board of Directors.

Jackson was known to most fans as the one in charge of handing down fines and suspensions to players for infractions on the court that included flagrant or technical fouls.

Meanwhile, Thorn comes into his new role with plenty of experience. He spent 14 seasons at the NBA office as the head of Basketball Operations, and is a former player who played in the league for eight seasons. He’s held several management positions in front offices, including the one in Chicago where he was the Bulls general manager who drafted Michael Jordan in 1984.

Thorn’s most recent position was President of Basketball Operations for the Philadelphia 76ers.

  1. saint1997 - Jul 10, 2013 at 6:57 PM

    That MJ draft pick was a smart one. He must be smart

  2. thekingdave - Jul 10, 2013 at 6:58 PM

    You missed a golden opportunity to bring back up Jackson’s god-awful tenure running the Vancouver Grizzlies.

    • fanofevilempire - Jul 10, 2013 at 7:25 PM

      Vancouver Grizzlies, who would ever want a basketball franchise there?
      better off sending them to Memphis, they have Grizzlies there.

      • badintent - Jul 11, 2013 at 1:13 AM

        We had great fan support up here for a sub .300 team for many many years. The last year had almost 14K fans a home game. Loyal fans that saw the Grizz blow more fourth quarter leads than shots Kobe has taken.Stu Jackson passed on Vince Carter for Bibby and drafted Steve Francis (who had told Stu NOT to draft him) over Lamar Odem.Etc, etc,etc, Stu took his terrible coaching job at NY and ramped it up into stupid Overdrive up in a good sports city as a GM. When local biz finally had to pull the sponsorship plugs, Stern pounced like a cat on a rat and pulled the strings to get Grizz sent out of town far a way . The Grizz were an embarrassment to the NBA. But they rarely mailed it in.Stern hates the NW for some reason. Ask the Sonics fans.

      • badintent - Jul 11, 2013 at 1:19 AM

        No, both Vancouver and Tenn has black bears.Most grizzly bears are limited to Canadian and US Rockie mountain ranges with Yukon and Kodiak Island having large grizz bear populations. However,, we now have reports of grizzlies in Squamish, near Vancouver.I upgraded from a .45 to a Glock for my mountain hikes.Black bears are real mellow compared to Grizzlies.

    • fm31970 - Jul 10, 2013 at 7:30 PM

      You bought a Bryant Reeves jersey, too, huh?

  3. jimsjam33 - Jul 10, 2013 at 8:11 PM

    Rod Thorn is a West Virginia graduate who was first team All-American in 1963 . I believe he replaced Jerry West at WV and followed him into the NBA. He was a journeyman guard playing for several teams and then retiring . Good for you and congratulations on your new job . You deserve it .

  4. ochospantalones - Jul 10, 2013 at 9:28 PM

    Why does Rod Thorn get a fancier title to do the same job? Sounds like racism to me.

    • badintent - Jul 11, 2013 at 1:24 AM

      Because he has more RESPONSIBILITIES THAN your boy stu had. drop the race card. it’s freakin oooooooooooold.

      • ochospantalones - Jul 11, 2013 at 1:09 PM

        Dude, I was joking, relax. David Stern is a jerk, but there is no reason to think he’s a racist. You, on the other hand, I am not so sure about.

        I am curious if you have a source for the assertion that Thorn has more responsibilities than Jackson did. It is certainly not supported by anything in this post.

        My guess is it’s the same job, but they gave Thorn a title bump as a face-saving gesture because he had served as EVP of Basketball Operations previously. Which is fine by me, I don’t really care what they call him, I just found the whole thing mildly amusing.

      • badintent - Sep 10, 2013 at 2:45 AM

        Last time STu had some real responsibilities , he was a head coach. He got ran out of town so bad, he hit the ground running and ran until 3000+ miles later, he ended up in Vancouver. He thought he was in Oregon but when the shock wore over he got a job as a GM. Forrest Gump, move over, running is amazing.
        When was the last time you saw Dave Stern announce a black man in a major management position in his office. The NBA is over 80% black players. Stern is a bigot. Happy now ?

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