Maurizio Gherardini Rumors
Sam is pretty open about that kind of stuff, right? He just kinda wants to consume all the ideas out there. Maurizio Gherardini: Yeah, I think that’s always been Sam’s strong point. He’s always been ahead of the curve and very creative, very out of the box thinker. That’s the direction we were working. Sam is always looking at ways to enhance the brand, enhance the connections worldwide. From an international perspective, how is the Thunder viewed? I think, in general, the perception of the Thunder is of a very high quality. The stars help. Sam Presti is perceived as one of the top minds in the business. It’s a rising organization. The only negative is that it’s such a young organization. Everything else is positive. That’s not just because I know Sam. It’s because I was here for a year. I know how things are done in the NBA and I know how things are perceived internationally.
The Oklahoma City Thunder has added longtime executive Maurizio Gherardini to its staff as a senior advisor/international affairs. Gherardini is best known for his 14 years as general manager of Benetton Treviso, where he established himself as one of the brightest minds and administrators in the history of European basketball.
The Oklahoma City Thunder has added longtime executive Maurizio Gherardini to its staff as a senior advisor/international affairs. Gherardini is best known for his 14 years as general manager of Benetton Treviso, where he established himself as one of the brightest minds and administrators in the history of European basketball. During his tenure with Benetton Treviso, Gherardini helped to turn the Italian club into one of the most familiar and successful clubs outside of the NBA. Under his guidance, Benetton captured four Italian League championships, seven Italian Cups, three Italian Supercups and made four appearances in the Euroleague’s Final Four. Since 2006, Gherardini has held the position of vice president and assistant general manager for the Toronto Raptors.
So if Proli steps back, there is the scenario of hiring an iconic figure as president who can also be a basketball consultant – like Dino Meneghin or Dan Peterson – or a president/ general manager and the best man for this job is also Italian. Mauricio Gherardini is thinking about leaving Toronto Raptors and returning to Europe with Milano being his possible destination.
After the recent changes in the NBA team, Gherardini is coming back in the old continent, he had already contacts with a Spanish club, but two Italians clubs can be his new home. The one is Milano and the other is one club that may be a rising power in the near future, Umana Venezia.
When an issue became too complex, D’Antoni would brush it off with a smile then assure Gheradini everything would be fine. “He has a philosophy, a way of thinking,” Gheradini explained. “He’d tell me, ‘Remember, Maurizio, there are no problems, only solutions.'” It’s a mindset D’Antoni will likely lean on heavily as he navigates through the choppy waters and intense heat that comes with coaching the Lakers. “He’ll do fine.” Gheradini said. “He’s very, very well prepared and suited for that job.”