Report: Philadelphia 76ers Hire Rod Thorn As New Team President

Bradley ChandlerCorrespondent IAugust 11, 2010

12 Jun 1996:  NBA director of operations Rod Thorn looks on during game four of the NBA playoffs between the Chicago Bulls and the Seattle Supersonics at the Key Arena in Seattle, Washington.  The Supersonics defeated the Bulls 107-86. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Daniel  /Allsport
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The Philadelphia 76ers have reportedly agreed to terms to bring on Rod Thorn as the organizations new team president. Thorn is a career basketball man and has most recently spent time with the New Jersey Nets.

A formal announcement is expected to be made later this week.

Thorn was the Nets team president since 2000, but left the organization this summer after reports that he was not interested in working for new majority owner Mikhail Prokhorov.

With this move, Ed Stefanski will now take over sole responsibility as the team's general manager. This will be a comfortable position for both men, as Stefanski was acting general manager of the Nets under Thorns tenure.

Thorn is most well known for his time as the Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations for the league and was the general manager of the Chicago Bulls from 1978-1985; he was the executive who made the decision to draft Michael Jordan in 1984.

Thorn played in the league from 1963-1971 with Baltimore, Detroit, St. Louis, and Seattle.

This is a great move for the Sixers organization, as they gain a solid basketball mind to run the organization. It will also allow Ed Stefanski to concentrate on his duties as the teams general manager.

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