The Milwaukee Bucks have hired long-time NBA executive Rod Thorn as a special consultant.
Thorn most recently served as the NBA’s president of basketball operations, where he oversaw the league’s daily operations under commissioner Adam Silver.
“Rod Thorn is an extremely respected and accomplished NBA executive at both the league and team levels,” Bucks owner Wes Edens said. “He will serve as a terrific resource to our ownership group, as well as John and Jason, as we build our organization into a championship contender. We’re thrilled to add a person of his caliber, with his basketball knowledge and expertise, to the Bucks family.”
Thorn had three stops as an NBA general manager – with the Chicago Bulls, New Jersey Nets and Philadelphia 76ers. He is responsible for drafting Michael Jordan to the Chicago Bulls with the third overall pick in the 1984 NBA draft. He also traded for Jason Kidd and was the NBA’s Executive of the Year in 2001-02 for orchestrating the Nets’ dramatic turnaround that led to consecutive trips to the NBA Finals (2002, 2003).
“The Bucks have a young, talented team with huge potential and are in the process of building a world-class organization,” said Thorn. “I’m very pleased to work with a visionary ownership group, a terrific young coach in Jason Kidd and an outstanding and well-respected general manager in John Hammond. This is a great time to join the Bucks family, and I’m very excited to be part of it.”