Jackson Ends 13-Year Career With NBA as Thorn Joins From Sixers

Stu Jackson, executive vice president of basketball operations for the National Basketball Association, is leaving the league after more than 13 years, Commissioner David Stern said.

Stern also said Rod Thorn, president of basketball operations for the Philadelphia 76ers, will return to the league office to replace Jackson.

“Stu has made enormous contributions to the NBA over the past 13 years,” Stern said.

Jackson, 57, was in charge of all on-court and international basketball operations, including game rules, conduct, discipline and analytics.

“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 released by the NBA.

In 1989, at age 33, the New York Knicks promoted Jackson to head coach after he worked for two years as an assistant to coach Rick Pitino. At the time, he was the second-youngest head coach in NBA history and compiled a 52-45 record.

Thorn, 72, as league president, will oversee both basketball and referee operations, reporting directly to the commissioner. He spent 14 seasons with the NBA before executive stints with the Nets and the 76ers.

Stern is retiring in February and will be replaced as commissioner by his deputy, Adam Silver.

“As the NBA turns increasingly to analytics and continues to tap into its growing fan and player base on a global basis, there is much work to be done,” Thorn said.

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