NBA executive Stu Jackson to resign; Rod Thorn named president of basketball operations
The NBA announced Wednesday that Jackson will resign as Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations on August 1 and that Rod Thorn will join the league office as President of Basketball Operations.
"Stu has made enormous contributions to the NBA over the past 13 years,” NBA commissioner David Stern said in a statement. "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."
Jackson, 57, oversaw the league's game rules, conduct and discipline. He was charged with handing out suspensions and fines for fights and incidents with referees while also heading up the league's new anti-flopping initiative. Prior to assuming his position in the league office, Jackson was an executive for the Vancouver Grizzlies and, before that, coach of the Knicks.
"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,” Jackson said in a statement. "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."
Thorn, 72, served as Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations from 1986 to 2000. Since that stint, Thorn has worked in the front offices of the Nets and Sixers. The No. 2 pick in the 1963 NBA draft, Thorn played eight seasons for the Baltimore Bullets, Detroit Pistons, St. Louis Hawks and Seattle SuperSonics. He also served as a head coach during the 1970s and 1980s.
"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," Stern said in a statement. "We are fortunate that his talents are available to serve the league at this time."
Thorn's addition is one of a number of recent moves within the league office. Back in March, the NBA hired former player, coach and executive Kiki Vandeweghe as the league's Vice President of Basketball Operations. The NBA also hired former player and league executive Mike Bantom as Executive Vice President of Referee Operations in 2012 and former NBA referee Don Vaden as Vice President, Director of Officials in 2011. Both Vandeweghe and Bantom will report to Thorn.
Stern announced in October 2012 that that he will step down from his post on Feb. 1, 2014. Deputy commissioner Adam Silver is in line to take over the top job. Yahoo! Sports reported Wednesday that Jackson "wasn't part of Adam Silver's future in the league office."