Report: 76ers to name VP Tony DiLeo new GM
NBA.com’s David Aldridge is reporting the Philadelphia 76ers will move VP of Basketball Operations Tony DiLeo to general manager.
The team’s search to replace Rod Thorn in the GM spot has been a hot off-season topic, as recent as this morning.
Goofiest NBA story right now: The 76ers can't find a GM. First Boston's Mike Zarren turned 'em down, now Houston's Sam Hinkie is bowing out.—
Bill Simmons (@sportsguy33) September 21, 2012
Despite the 76ers interest in outside GM candidates, DiLeo reportedly will bring respect for the work he’s done inside the franchise and keep Thorn’s plan in motion.
Thorn has been the key catalyst to many of the moves this club made the past couple of years. It would make sense to me to have that same philosophy continue with the best in-house candidate interested in the job and that is senior vice president of basketball operations Tony Dileo.
DiLeo has seen the Sixers at their best and worst in his 22 years with the franchise. This past summer, he was reportedly a finalist for the general manager job in Portland. It would be a shame if DiLeo had to leave Philadelphia to fulfill a career dream of running a franchise. The Sixers are heading in the right direction and hopefully DiLeo is given the chance to finish the job Thorn started.