Sixers to introduce DiLeo as GM on Monday

Posted: September 24, 2012

Not long after it was announced that longtime team loyalist Tony DiLeo was being promoted to general manager of the 76ers, Rod Thorn, the man he eventually will succeed, was singing his praises.

"Tony has been here for years - he's loyal, he's faithful," said Thorn, the team president. "I think that he's going to do a great job."

Thorn will continue in his role as president until the end of the 2012-13 season. At that point he will step into a consultant's role with the Sixers. In the meantime, he'll continue to have major input in the team's personnel decisions.

DiLeo, who has been an assistant coach; head coach; and, most recently, senior vice president of basketball operations in his 22 years with the Sixers, will be introduced Monday at a news conference at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.

"We talked to a number of people, and it kept on coming back to the fact that Tony has been here and working hard," Thorn said. "He's going to work hard and use everything at his disposal to make the team better."

On Monday, DiLeo will talk about his transition into the general manager's position and elaborate on his responsibilities moving forward. During the revamping of the team, which included the trading of Andre Iguodala and the acquisitions of center Andrew Bynum and shooting guard Jason Richardson, team officials have said that DiLeo was heavily involved in the process.

When it became known that Thorn would not return as the team's general manager shortly after the Sixers were eliminated in the second round of the playoffs last spring, reports were that the Sixers would look to replace the old-school Thorn with a more analytical type. But Sixers owner Joshua Harris, who was hands-on in the draft and the other decisions the summer, was impressed with DiLeo's approach.


Contact John N. Mitchell at jmitchell@philly.com, or follow on Twitter @JmitchInquirer. Read his blog, "Deep Sixer," at www.philly.com/deepsixer

 

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