HoopsHype Adam Aron rumors
Adam Aron wants to shake your hand. It's a Sunday evening in December, a time when the Philadelphia sports fan's attention is usually reserved for the Eagles. The new CEO and co-owner of the Sixers is lumbering through the Palestra during his team's open scrimmage. Over the course of the evening, he'll go from tracking fans on Twitter to securing seats for one of his co-owners to meeting veteran guard Lou Williams' mother to talking business with a Benjamin Franklin lookalike to heaping praise on coach Doug Collins. He checks on the Sixers' ticket sales. He finds out whether the laptops have been installed in the team's practice facility. He thanks Thaddeus Young for playing in the scrimmage. He listens to a fan's proposal about a more efficient offense. He answers his phone and scrolls through his iPad. "I haven't met you yet," Aron sometimes says, almost with an admission of guilt. Philadelphia Inquirer
If you care the least bit about the Sixers, Aron wants to meet you. And if you don't, Aron especially wants to meet you. Why? Because he thinks he has the plan to get you interested in Philadelphia's basketball team. "We put an exciting winning basketball team on the court, we create a happening on game nights and pay attention to improving the game presentation, and we engage and listen to Philadelphia sports fans," Aron says, as if he's verbalizing a mission statement. Philadelphia Inquirer
The new owners were unable to address any issues about players because of the ongoing NBA lockout, although did announce that they had let go general manager Ed Stefanski and laid the brunt of the day-to-day basketball operations on president Rod Thorn and head coach Doug Collins. Aron said the management is "moving 100 miles an hour on all fronts and we will be ready with something fabulous" when the lockout ends. Philadelphia Inquirer
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