Sixers to promote Tony DiLeo to GM
Over the past few months the Sixers have been connected to a number of candidates for the general manager position, but ultimately the team stayed in house by hiring current senior vice president of basketball operations Tony DiLeo.
DiLeo has been a member of the Sixers organization since 1990. He began as a member of the basketball operations team, but has also been assistant coach, head coach, director of scouting, and director of player personnel. He will be taking over for Rod Thorn after his contract expires at the end of the season and, to say the least, the guy knows what kind of situation he’s getting in to.
More particularly, he knows that while he will be the GM, Doug Collins is the guy that will be calling the shots in terms of personnel decisions. This (im)balance of power is the exact reason that the search took so long.
Not long after the Sixers has ended an improbable playoff run that had them one game away from advancing to the conference finals, rumors that current President Rod Thorn was to retire began circulating and the rumor mill was in full effect. The Sixers have talked with many candidates since Thorn’s announcement. Danny Ferry of Cleveland, Tom Penn of ESPN, Sam Hinkie of the Rockets, Mike Zarren of Boston, and Jeff Bower of New Orleans among others. Some candidates, such as Ferry and Penn, were considered to have good chances of getting the job, but backed out after a few meetings with the Sixers’ front office. As a result, the Sixers eventually went with the safe pick in DiLeo, proving even more that this team will live and die on the judgment of Doug Collins.
That’s not necessarily a bad thing. Collins in coming into his third season with the team and by all accounts has really maximized the ability of a young (and rather mediocre) Sixers team by using a deep bench rotation and strong defensive effort. Now, after engineering the trade that sent star Andre Iguodala to Denver and Andrew Bynum to the city of Wooder Coolerly love, Collins will likely have a few years to build this team into a true championship contender.
So, despite a new GM, it will be business as usual in Philadelphia.