Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Thorn Joins Sixers Long-Term

Rod Thorn has agreed to a contract of ''more than three years'' to be the president of the 76ers, according to a source.

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..

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''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.''


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Bob Cooney has been at the Daily News for more than 20 years, working in the sports department for the past 15. This is his third season on the Sixers beat. He has covered just about everything, but mostly college basketball, where he was the La Salle beat writer for six seasons. E-mail Bob at cooneyb@phillynews.com and follow him on Twitter.

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