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  1. Reports: 76ers promote from within, give DiLeo GM job

    Sep 21, 2012, 10:59 AM EDT

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    Philadelphia looked everywhere outside the organization for a replacement for Rod Thorn as team president and GM. They wanted Danny Ferry but he went to Atlanta. They talked to former Blazer guy Tom Penn and former Hornet GM Jeff Bower but that didn’t come together. They made a run at Nuggets’ GM Masai Ujiri but…

  2. Sixers interviewing replacements for GM Thorn’s job

    Jun 12, 2012, 9:40 AM EDT

    Rod Thorn

    Rod Thorn is the guy making the calls in the 76ers basketball side of the operations. Including who gets to replace him. Thorn, 70, is entering the final year of his contract — after which he will be a part-time consultant with the team — and is part of a committee that has already started…

  3. The 76ers are legit. But can they win big playoff games?

    Feb 2, 2012, 2:22 PM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers v Miami Heat

    The Philadelphia 76ers beat the Chicago Bulls Wednesday night. Yes, a Bulls team without Luol Deng or Richard Hamilton, but still the team with the best record in the east and the reigning MVP Derrick Rose. As I said in the recaps, this was another clear sign that the Sixers are legit. They are a…

  4. Report: Raptors’ talks with Stefanski ‘stalled’ as Sixers GM looks to Blazers

    Oct 15, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

    Allen Iverson Press Conference

    Remember how Ed Stefanski was going to be the next Raptors GM, essentially working under Bryan Colangelo in what would largely be an assistant role since Colangelo is the guy who runs the show? And how it was a done deal and all that? Yeah, not so much. Yahoo! Sports reports that the deal has…

  5. Raptors close to hiring 76ers Stefanski as general manager

    Oct 7, 2011, 8:40 PM EDT

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    Ed Stefanski, the 76ers general manager who has basically been a lame duck in Philadelphia since the ownership brought in Rod Thon to run the show, is close to landing a new gig. He is in “advanced talks” to become the GM and No. 2 guy with the Toronto Raptors behind team president Bryan Colangelo,…

  6. Stefanski hasn’t interviewed with Raptors… but he’s job-hunting

    Jul 16, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

    Allen Iverson Press Conference

    See, this is why the media is always so skeptical of what teams tell them. When Rod Thorn joined the Sixers, it was supposed to be happy-happy joy-joy in terms of his addition alongside Ed Stefanski. There wasn’t supposed to be any conflict, or issues. Stefanski was supposed to retain almost all of his power…

  7. As expected, Sixers deny rumors they are shopping Iguodala

    Dec 6, 2010, 11:01 AM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v Philadelphia 76ers

    This was expected. Like the baseball Hall of Fame snubbing Marvin Miller or Brett Favre looking old, there are some things you just know are going to happen in sports. So when the rumors surfaced that the Sixers are shopping Andre Iguodala around, you knew the denial was not far behind. It wasn’t, and Phillyburbs.com…

  8. The Blazers, the Sixers, the Pistons, rebuilding and you

    Nov 14, 2010, 10:28 AM EDT

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    It sits there on your desk, staring at you. Just a big red button. It doesn’t implore you, it doesn’t call out to you, it’s just a button. But you can’t help but glance at it with the first few losses. Then more and more, you stare. Your mind is racing with what to do.…

  9. Nets CEO, Rod Thorn play blame game for Nets 12-win season

    Oct 4, 2010, 1:18 PM EDT

    When you lose 70 games in a season, everyone should get some blame. Players, coaches, front office, owner, equipment manager, everyone except the guy running the good imported beer concession. Never blame the guy selling beer. In the last few days, Nets CEO Brett Yormark — a guy retained in the Mikhail Prokhorov power structure…

  10. Sixers hire Rod Thorn as team president, Ed Stefanski moves to GM

    Aug 12, 2010, 1:49 AM EDT

    Ed Stefanski has had mixed success during his time with the Philadelphia 76ers, as he’s simultaneously amassed some interesting young talent while completely nuking the team’s financial flexibility. He turned mid-first rounders into Marreese Speights and Jrue Holiday, re-signed Louis Williams to a reasonable deal, and kept Andre Iguodala in Philly. The only problem is…

  11. If LeBron James went to New Jersey, Rod Thorn would have stayed

    Jul 16, 2010, 3:28 PM EDT

    And the ramifications of LeBron’s decision just keep rolling in. On his last day on the job as general manager for the New Jersey Nets, Rod Thorn sat down with reporters and among the things he said was that he would have stayed on the job if LeBron James had chosen New Jersey, according to…

  12. Former Sixers General Manager Billy King near deal to take over reins of Nets

    Jul 14, 2010, 11:03 AM EDT

    UPDATE: 11:03 am: It’s official, King has taken the New Jersey job, according to David Aldridge of NBA.com. King spent almost a decade as the head man in Philly, but you have to wonder if new Nets owner Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov will want his own man calling the shots in a few years. For…

  13. Kevin Pritchard to interview for Nets GM job

    Jul 7, 2010, 1:19 AM EDT

    The man at the helm when Portland drafted one of the best young cores in basketball, then dumped because the people above him thought he was taking too much credit, is now on the radar in New Jersey. Kevin Prichard will interview for the New Jersey Nets job, according to David Aldridge at NBA.com. He…

  14. Jeff Bower bows out of New Jersey general manager search

    Jul 6, 2010, 3:37 PM EDT

    Jeff Bower, the general manager for the New Orleans Hornets, is one of the most respected men in the field. Not a shock that he got a call to talk to New Jersey about their position being vacated by Rod Thorn. But in a statement on Tuesday, he pulled out of the race. “I appreciate…

  15. Nets look at Joe Dumars, Jeff Bower to be general manager

    Jul 5, 2010, 11:45 PM EDT

    UPDATE 11:45 pm: Joe Dumars said, “What you talkin’ bout, Willis?” Not that there’s a Willis involved in this story, but you get the idea. He told the Detroit News he has had not interviewed for the Nets job and has no interest in leaving Detroit. He said the media report was full of it.…

  16. Rod Thorn thought he was being pursued by Boris and Natasha

    Jun 27, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

    In Soviet basketball organization, generals manage you! The New York Daily News reports this morning that Rod Thorn chose to resign from the Nets as General Manager because of “Russian spies” within the organization. What that translates to is Mikhail Prokhorov, since taking control as majority owner, has installed his own people as you’d expect…

  17. If Nets are going to get Jerry Colangelo, they are going to have to pay

    Jun 26, 2010, 3:45 PM EDT

    It was supposed to be: Mikhail Prokhorov = big spender. But Rod Thorn is stepping down as general manager in New Jersey and the rumblings around the league (according to Marc Stein and others) is that part of the reason was Thorn was asked to take a pay cut. Prokhorov was not spending big. Now…

  18. Report: Rod Thorn stepping down as president of New Jersey Nets

    Jun 25, 2010, 7:43 PM EDT

    In a surprise move, Rod Thorn is stepping down as president and general manager of the New Jersey Nets, ESPN reports. Thorn had met and gotten the approval from new owner Mikhail Prokhorov, and he is not being forced out or asked to leave, according to the report. This is just what Thorn wants. Thorn…

  19. Jeff Van Gundy will not be coaching the Nets, or anyone else

    Jun 2, 2010, 9:36 AM EDT

    Is there a better gig for an ex-coach than “television analyst?” You still get to use that knowledge gained from countless hours in sweaty gyms and darkened film rooms, but without the pressure of trying to win with questionable talent. You still get to keep your feet in the pool, should you ever decide to…

  20. Mike Brown to be interviewed by the Nets

    May 29, 2010, 4:10 PM EDT

    Mike Brown has coached a team to the best record in the East two consecutive years. Critics can point to the playoff flameouts, the simplistic offenses, the heavy reliance on LeBron James. (That last one makes no sense — if you have LeBron James you better use him a lot. Who should shoot more on…

  21. Nets begin interview process with Avery Johnson

    May 28, 2010, 10:49 AM EDT

    Rod Thorn knows what he has — a team with a lot of potential. Good young players (and another coming this draft), an owner with deep pockets, a team on the move this year then really on the move in a couple years to a big market. In a couple of years, the Nets —…

  22. Phil Jackson would like to have a vodka with Mikhail Prokhorov

    May 26, 2010, 9:44 AM EDT

    Like sands through the hourglass, so goes the daily Phil Jackson speculation, reality be damned. I guess we have to dive in again today… Phil Jackson has not had anyone reach out to him through back channels about coaching in Chicago or anywhere else next year. And he is not going to Chicago. But new…

  23. Nets negotiating to keep Rod Thorn around

    May 18, 2010, 4:05 PM EDT

    New Jersey-to-Brooklyn Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov is at the NBA Draft Lottery tonight, in town to see just how challenging his team’s road to redemption is — a lottery win tonight makes it a whole lot faster and easier. But he knows who he wants to guide that process regardless — Rod Thorn. Thorn and…

  24. Nets start coaching search with Avery Johnson

    May 13, 2010, 8:24 AM EDT

    Nets president Rod Thorn has been waiting. The Nets need a coach, ideally before the draft, to start setting the new direction for the team. Thorn had done his homework but didn’t make any calls until new owner Mikhail Prokhorov was in place — which is the biggest key for the franchise to take a…

  25. Nets wisely waiting until after the lottery to sign their next head coach

    May 12, 2010, 12:53 PM EDT

    Though I’m sure all of the ’08-’09 Nets are eager to erase any and all semblances of the nightmare season that was, they’ll have to wait just a bit longer before the new coaching regime can officially begin. According to Al Iannazzone of NorthJersey.com, Rod Thorn hasn’t even spoken to the coaching candidates already with…

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