Nets name Stefanski general manager
East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) – The New Jersey Nets Tuesday named Ed
Stefanski as the team’s new general manager.
Stefanski served as the team’s senior vice president of basketball operations
last season, following four campaigns as the team’s director of scouting
where he played an instrumental role in the recent success of the club.
“Ed is a keen evaluator of basketball talent,” said New Jersey CEO Rod
Thorn. “He is ideally suited for the demands of his new position.”
Stefanski played a big role in the team drafting Kenyon Martin as the overall
No. 1 selection in the 2000 Draft, and also pulled off a huge draft-night
trade the following season.
The deal saw the Nets trade the draft rights of Eddie Griffin and the No. 7
pick to the Houston Rockets for Richard Jefferson, Jason Collins and Brandon
Martin, Jefferson and Collins were major contributors as starters on the Nets
2002-03 Eastern Conference championship team that eventually lost in the NBA
Finals to the San Antonio Spurs in six games.
Stefanski has earned the reputation throughout the NBA as being a solid
evaluator of basketball talent on the foreign front as well. he selected
forward Nenad Krstic of Yugoslavia in the 2002 Draft and Croatian point guard
Zoran Planinic in the 2003 Draft. Planinic earned some minutes as a rookie,
while the Nets expect to have Krstic for the 2004-05 season.
A 1976 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, the 50-year old Stefanski
played college ball at Penn for three seasons, then three years later coached
his high school alma mater, Monsignor Bonner High School, in Pennsylvania.
Including his college playing career and coaching stint at the high school
level, Stefanski also had a 20-year run as a color analyst before joining the
Nets in 1999.