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Former NBA Executive of the Year Rod Thorn expected to join Washington as consultant

Rod Thorn

The Washington Wizards appear on track to address their organization’s current issues in the front office. It is now being reported that the team are set to make a significant addition to their front office, which comes in the form of former Executive of the Year winner Rod Thorn.

Thorn, 78, is as seasoned as they come, and he has served for no less than four NBA teams since starting his career as a basketball executive back in 1978. After a seven-year playing career followed by several spells as a coach in the league, Thorn was hired by the Chicago Bulls as the team’s general manager in 1978. His claim to fame in the Windy City is, of course, holding the honor of being able to draft the great Michael Jordan for the Bulls as the third overall pick in 1984.

Thorn would then become the NBA’s Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations between 1986 to 2000, while also being the chairman of USA Basketball’s National Team Selection Committee in 1992, 1996, and 2000, which produced several gold-medal winning sides.

Thorn would also have stints as an executive with the Brooklyn Nets franchise (this was where he would be awarded as Executive of the Year in 2002 following the Nets’ memorable run to the NBA Finals that season) and the Philadelphia 76ers, before recently taking on a special consultant role with the Milwaukee Bucks.

The exact details of Thorn’s position with the Wizards is still unclear, but the old-timer will definitely have his work cut out for him in Washington. There are some pretty big problems in the capital right now, and the Wizards are right to bring in the big guns.