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Thorn rejoining Stefanski in Philly (UPDATE)

Posted on: August 11, 2010 11:17 pm
Edited on: August 11, 2010 11:52 pm
 
NEW YORK -- Rod Thorn watched Team USA practice Tuesday from his perch in the stands at John Jay College, seated next to former 76ers GM -- and current Nets GM -- Billy King. Coincidence? Apparently not.

Thorn, the longtime Nets president whose contract was not renewed this summer, didn't take long to get back in the game. The respected executive confirmed to CBSSports.com Wednesday he has been hired as president of the 76ers and will retain Ed Stefanski as his general manager.

Stefanski occupies King's former seat in the Sixers' hierarchy, and now he occupies the same seat at Thorn's right hand that he previously had with the Nets. Confused? Don't be. Thorn and Stefanski working side-by-side, as they did for several years in New Jersey, makes perfect sense.

But for how long? As Matt Moore points out , Thorn may be coming to Philly to provide cover for Stefanski, whose reign in the City of Brotherly Love has been far from lovely or brotherly.

Yahoo! Sports first reported Thorn's hiring in Philly, which gives the Sixers -- and Stefanski -- a strong and like-minded voice in a front office that frequently is burdened with the overbearing ownership of Ed Snider and Peter Luukko. After Stefanski unloaded the burdensome contract of center Samuel Dalembert and drafted Evan Turner with the No. 2 pick, the Sixers are poised to finally climb from the shadows of their most recent run of success centered around 1996 No. 1 pick Allen Iverson. And Thorn is the perfect executive to guide them there, having resurrected the Nets with consecutive NBA Finals appearances after years of comical malaise -- something often associated with the Sixers' recent attempts at rebuilding.
 


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Since: Nov 15, 2007
Posted on: August 12, 2010 10:13 am
 

Thorn rejoining Stefanski in Philly (UPDATE)

Another possible coincidence is that the Sixers only sellout this season (if they are as futile as last season), will be opening day, where they are scheduled to play the newfangled Miami Heat. 

Rod Thorn has a grand opportunity to put a quality product on the floor.  Starting a new rebuilding mission with a win against the Heat would be magical.



Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: August 12, 2010 9:48 am
 

Thorn rejoining Stefanski in Philly (UPDATE)

But for how long? , Thorn may be coming to Philly to provide cover for Stefanski, whose reign in the City of Brotherly Love has been far from lovely or brotherly. Who cares?  Rod Thorn will turn this team back into a winning franchise.  The Nets were absolute fools to not offer Thorn a contract.




Since: Oct 17, 2006
Posted on: August 12, 2010 12:28 am
 

Thorn rejoining Stefanski in Philly (UPDATE)

Ken, do you even follow the Sixers? Snider and Luukko are not in any way overbearing. In fact, the problem is that they usually hire guys they think will do a good job, and then get out of their way, so when Stefanski did such a poor job assembling the team, Snider, who mostly pays attention to the Flyers, didn't realize that there was a problem until last year's Eddie Jordan led joke of a 27-55 season. Even then, he didn't have a problem until the Wells Fargo was half empty for most Sixers games; that's when management started to notice that it impacted the bottom line. Thorn is a good move, but any move that puts a guy that knows a basketball from a turnip above Ed Stefanski would have been a good move.



Since: Feb 25, 2010
Posted on: August 11, 2010 11:39 pm
 

Thorn rejoining Stefanski in Philly

bring back mahorn


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