Who went in, out of NBA revolving door
by Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY Sports
Stu Jackson steps down, and Rod Thorn steps back in.
Jackson is leaving his post as the NBA’s executive vice president of basketball operations, and Thorn, a longtime executive at the league and team level, will replace him, effective Aug. 1.
Jackson’s decision to leave the league office is not unexpected – he had been looking for opportunities to rejoin a team as a general manager or president. Before joining the league office, Jackson served as president and general manager of the Vancouver Grizzlies and also coached the Grizzlies and New York Knicks.
“Stu has made enormous contributions to the NBA over the past 13 years,” NBA Commissioner David Stern said in a statement. “He informed (deputy commissioner) Adam Silver, (president of league operations) 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.”
Said Jackson in a statement: “The NBA has given me an extraordinary opportunity to work with some of the most talented people in sports and I am extremely proud to be associated with the remarkable global growth of the league, which couldn’t be in better hands with Rod coming in to lead basketball operations. I especially want to thank David, Adam and Joel for their exceptional leadership, friendship and continued support. I’m looking forward to applying my NBA experience as I move onto my next challenge.”
It’s not a surprise Thorn re-visits a role he once had with the NBA. In the late 1980s, the 1990s and early 2000s, Thorn was the head of basketball operations for the NBA. But he left to run the New Jersey Nets, which made the NBA Finals in 2002 and 2003.
“As a player, coach, general manager, league vice president and team president, Rod has been a member of the NBA family for decades, and his basketball knowledge and team relationships are unparalleled,” said Stern. “We are fortunate that his talents are … [For more on Who went in, out of NBA headquarters revolving door, click here.]