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Thorn from The Monticola, 1963
May 23, 1941|
Princeton, West Virginia
|Listed height||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Listed weight||195 lb (88 kg)|
|High school||Princeton (Princeton, West Virginia)|
|College||West Virginia (1960–1963)|
|NBA draft||1963 / Round: 1 / Pick: 2nd overall|
|Selected by the Baltimore Bullets|
|Number||44, 10, 22|
|1965–1967||St. Louis Hawks|
|1975–1976||Spirits of St. Louis|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Points||5,012 (10.8 ppg)|
|Rebounds||1,463 (3.1 rpg)|
|Assists||1,214 (2.6 apg)|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
|Basketball Hall of Fame|
Rodney King Thorn (born May 23, 1941) is an American basketball executive and a former player and coach.
Thorn attracted nationwide attention after a high school basketball career at Princeton High School in his hometown of Princeton, West Virginia that saw him average more than 30 points per game as a senior. He was a three-time all-state selection and was a two-time High School All-American. He was also a highly regarded high school athlete in baseball.
In the 1963 NBA draft, Thorn was the second player selected overall, drafted by the Baltimore Bullets. He was named to the NBA All-Rookie Team, but was traded by the Bullets following his first season. After brief stints with Detroit and St. Louis, he concluded his career as a player with the Seattle SuperSonics (1967–71).
In 1973, former teammate Kevin Loughery hired Thorn as assistant coach of the New York Nets of the American Basketball Association. The Nets won the 1974 ABA championship, led by Julius Erving.
Thorn later became head coach of another ABA team, the Spirits of St. Louis in 1975, but after a 20-27 start he was fired in the middle of the season in December 1975 and replaced by Joe Mullaney for the remainder of the season.
In 1978, Thorn became the general manager of the Chicago Bulls and was instrumental in the team's selection of Michael Jordan in the 1984 draft. He also selected track star Carl Lewis much later in the same draft, mostly for publicity purposes; Lewis would never play for the Bulls. Thorn served briefly as interim head coach of the Bulls in 1981–82.
From 1986 to 2000 Thorn was the NBA's Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations, serving as the league's chief disciplinarian.
Thorn rejoined the Nets organization on June 2, 2000, and he was named the NBA Executive of the Year in 2002 after the Nets advanced to the NBA Finals for the first time in franchise history. During the 2010 offseason, Rod Thorn announced he would step down from the Nets' organization.
On October 18, 2011, prior to a press conference introducing the 76ers' new ownership group, it was announced that Stefanski was leaving the organization and Thorn would be both president and general manager. In 2012, Tony DiLeo was named the team's general manager, but Thorn retained his title as president.
On April 26, 2014 Thorn, on behalf of the NBA, suspended Wizard Nene Hilario from game 4 of the first round of the NBA playoffs. The suspension came following an incident in game three of the series, in which Nene was ejected for putting his hands on the head of Bulls player Jimmy Butler.
NBA career statistics
|GP||Games played||GS||Games started||MPG||Minutes per game|
|FG%||Field goal percentage||3P%||3-point field goal percentage||FT%||Free throw percentage|
|RPG||Rebounds per game||APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game|
|BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game||Bold||Career high|
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- Rod Thorn bio
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- Tony DiLeo named 76ers general manager
- Stu Jackson steps down, replaced by Rod Thorn
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