Thorn Joins Sixers Long-Term

This came together quickly. Ed Snider, the 76ers' chairman, and Peter Luukko, the chief operating officer of Comcast-Spectacor, reached out to Rod Thorn about joining the organization.

When the smoke cleared, a source familiar with the situation said Thorn had agreed to a contract of ''more than three years'' as president of the team, and that he had also agreed to remain as a consultant at whatever point his term as president ended.

At the same time, Snider and Luukko agreed to keep Ed Stefanski, who had been president and general manager, in place as the GM. A press conference is scheduled for 11 a.m. at the Wells Fargo Center.

The deal, which had been in the works for ''a couple of weeks'' according to the source, came together Tuesday. The formal announcement is scheduled this morning at the Wells Fargo Center..

''We thought this was a great opportunity,'' Luukko said. ''Rod brings a wealth of experience and knowledge. He's a one of a kind guy. He has been a player, a coach and an executive, and has been an executive in the NBA office.''

Thorn and Stefanski worked together with the New Jersey Nets and now will do so again.

''If you look at last season, nobody did a good job,'' Luukko said. ''Don't pin that on Ed (Stefanski). And this was a unique opportunity. Rod and Ed were a great team with the Nets/ We just decided the two jobs were too much for one man. We believe this is a win-win situation.''