LISTEN: Rod Thorn Joins Joe & Evan To Discuss Hall of Fame Career

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June 13, 2018 - 3:39 pm

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Former NBA player and executive Rod Thorn joined WFAN’s Joe Beningo and Evan Roberts Wednesday to discuss his time as the general manager of the Chicago Bulls and New Jersey Nets.

Thorn, who was recently selected as an inductee for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame shared his experiences as an executive on draft night and making trades during his time with the Bulls and Nets.

Most notably, Thorn selected Michael Jordan with the third pick in the 1984 draft. Thorn said he could not foresee Jordan becoming the immortal player he emerged to be, though Thorn could tell Jordan was a special talent early on.

“Michael, from the first practice, was our best player,” Thorn said.

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Additionally, Thorn shed some light on how the Nets came together in the early 2000s, a team that would reach back-to-back NBA Finals appearances in 2002 and 2003.

While serving as the general manager of the Nets, Thorn made a number of franchise-altering trades that propelled the Nets toward multiple deep runs in the playoffs.

In 2001, Thorn traded Stephon Marbury to acquire Jason Kidd. Thorn said that while the Nets were good prior to the trade, the team lacked chemistry.

“Jason was a great defender, rebounder, passer and chemistry guy. ... He helped us in every possible area,” Thorn said.

Thorn, along with Kidd, is set to be inducted into the Hall of Fame in September in Springfield, Massachusetts.