Rod Thorn Rumors
A topic that came up repeatedly in discussions with stakeholders was how the league has operated differently under Silver and vice president of operations Kiki VanDeWeghe than their predecessors. According to those who communicate with him regularly, VanDeWeghe especially tends to play peacemaker more often than Rod Thorn and Stu Jackson, who held the position under David Stern. While this is welcomed by some, it can leave a gray area on rule interpretations. It was one of the reasons the unions agreed to communicate directly with each other when needed, sources said.
Vincent Goodwill: The Bulls issue statement on former GM Rod Thorn being inducted into the Hall of Fame, saying “his imprint on the Bulls remains to this day”. Thorn drafted Michael Jordan in 1984. True words
Yahoo Sports NBA: The newest members of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame: Jason Kidd, Steve Nash, Grant Hill, Ray Allen, Maurice Cheeks, Tina Thompson, Charles Driesell, Charlie Scott, Rick Welts, Rod Thorn, Dino Radja, Katie Smith, Ora Mae Washington
Adrian Wojnarowski: Longtime NBA league office and team executive Rod Thorn will be inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame’s Class of 2018 as a contributor to the game, sources tell ESPN. A formal announcement will come this weekend at the Final Four in San Antonio.
Peter Vecsey: I am hostilely undecided what I find more egregious: Colangelo’s arrogant lack of subtlety in orchestrating the admission of the boldly unworthy Nike duo on successive ballots, as opposed to legitimate basketball contributors — Pat Williams, Rod Thorn, Al Attles, Red Kerr, Harvey Pollack and Zelda Spoelstra, recipients of the ‘coveted’ John Bunn Award. Or the media’s pathetic unresponsiveness to this freakin’ farce. Think it might have something to do with many of its Hall of Fame members spending time and playing golf on the arm at the Arizona resort owned by Colangelo?
Thorn has a slightly different recollection. “Early on he told Russ he would play,” Thorn texted on Saturday. “Then later, there was a report from a golf tournament he was playing in, I think it was an amateur tournament in the Midwest, that he had changed his mind. I called him at the Tournament and he confirmed that he was going to play. After that, we always thought he was a go, regardless of various reports otherwise.”