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. 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.