Tommy Sheppard Rumors
Sources told ESPN that the Hawks have conducted interviews with both Sheppard and Schlenk this week and continue to have interest in ESPN television analyst Chauncey Billups as well as Boston Celtics assistant general manager Mike Zarren as they search for a new lead voice for basketball operations.
Atlanta has been meeting with candidates this week, with majority owner Tony Ressler and minority owner Grant Hill conducting meetings with candidates, league sources told The Vertical. Hawks officials spent several hours interviewing Washington Wizards VP of basketball operations Tommy Sheppard mid-week, league sources told The Vertical.
Long before sports scientists invaded NBA training facilities, Tommy Sheppard was one of the first front-office execs to canvass the globe for new ideas to improve performance. Innovation is a personal passion for Sheppard, who can deliver a dissertation on what a European soccer club is doing with hydration, and how Australian rugby teams are integrating injury prevention. Given the breadth of the job these days, finding candidates who are well-rounded generalists isn’t easy. That’s why many league execs feel Sheppard will get snatched up at some point to lead a front office.