76ers Promote Tony DiLeo to General Manager


0  Updated at 12:46 pm, September 22nd, 2012 By: ABC Digital
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Nick Laham/Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA) — Entering his 23rd season with the Philadelphia 76ers, the team has named him as their new general manager.

DiLeo joined the Sixers in 1990 as a member of the basketball operations staff. Since then, DiLeo has been the director of scouting, assistant coach, director of player personnel, head coach, and since 2003 he held the role of senior vice president and assistant general manager.

“I am very excited about being named general manager of this organization and look forward to building upon our recent success,” DiLeo said in a statement. “I would like to thank Joshua Harris and the ownership group for providing me with this opportunity and I will continue to work tirelessly to ensure we put a team that our fans will be proud to support, both this season and in the future.”

For the 2012-2013 season, DiLeo will work alongside with former general manager and current president of basketball operations, Rod Thorn. Thorn’s deal with the team expires after the season, and will continue to work as a consultant for the team.

DiLeo inherits a Sixers club with a bright future. Armed with a young yet seasoned roster, the Sixers came to within one game of making the Eastern Conference Finals. The team also acquired former Lakers center Andrew Bynum via trade during the offseason.

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