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Thorn: "I Was Never Retired. I Retired From the Nets."

The case of Rod Thorn grows curiouser and curiouser.

As reports of Thorn's imminent departure began to circulate, the initial impression was that he was tired; he wanted to spend time with his family who wanted to see more of him; that "it was time", etc., etc.

Then, it became something even more amorphous--it was "complex", and reports suggested he might take a job, in broadcasting, in the commissioners office. There were rumors, denied by him and Mikhail Prokhorov, that all was not well between the two. Nets officials say he was given every opportunity to stay or to consult. He declined.

Now, he has joined division rival 76ers and says quite bluntly, "There's been a lot of speculation that I was retired. I was never retired. I retired from the Nets." Thorn received a three year deal with the Sixers, with the promise of consultancy after the contract ends. Prokhorov reportedly offered the 69-year-old Thorn a two-year deal.

Late Thursday, Prokhorov issued a statement: "We congratulate Rod Thorn and the 76ers and wish them the best of luck." While Thorn continued to have nice things to say about Prokhorov, he took a slap at the team's previous ownership under Bruce Ratner. "The last couple of years we dismantled the team on purpose, because of corporate decisions, so that wasn’t much fun.”

  • Rod Thorn named team president of Philadelphia 76ers - AP
  • Thorn Nets new gig as 76ers prez - Fred Kerber - New York Post
  • Thorn reunites with Stefanski - Al Iannazzone - The Record
  • Thorn's quick and unexpected turnaround from the Nets to the 76ers - Stefan Bondy - The Internets
  • Rod - Nets were no Thorn in side - Stefan Bondy - New York Daily News
  • Seasoned basketball man Rod Thorn becomes Sixers president - Kate Fagan - Philadelphia Inquirer
  • 76ers' Rod Thorn era officially begins - Phil Jasner - Philadelphia Inquirer
  • Sixers have plenty of links to Nets - Philadelphia Inquirer
  • Sixers' Stefanski looking forward to working with his mentor Thorn - Bob Cooney - Philadelphia Daily Nwes
  • Rod Thorn biography - Ed Barkovitz - Philadelphia Daily News
  • Sixers' Thorn, Stefanski: What's a coup between friends? - Rich Hoffman - Philadelphia Daily News
  • Sixers glad Thorn is on their side - Tom Moore - Bucks County Courier-Times
  • Thorn orchestrated Nets' turnaround - Tom Moore - Bucks County Courier-Times
  • Thorn will keep egos in check with Sixers - Dennis Deitch - Delco Times
  • Sixers start their trading at the top - Martin Frank - Wilmington News-Journal
  • Thorn Introduced as Sixers President - Dei Lynam - CSN Philly
  • Thorn Joins Sixers Long-Term - Bob Cooney & Phil Jasner - Philadelphia Daily News
  • Rod Thorn Becomes Sixers President - Marcel Mutoni - SLAM