Granik to step down as Deputy Commish
New York, NY (Sports Network) – NBA Deputy Commissioner and Chief Operating
Officer Russ Granik will step down from his current positions within the
league at the end of the season. He will then assume the responsibilities of
senior advisor to commissioner David Stern.
Granik has been with the league for the last 30 years, spending the past 22 in
his current position as second-in-command.
“Russ discussed with me his desire to step down as Deputy Commissioner once
our collective bargaining negotiations were concluded, but I persuaded him to
stay on for an additional season,” said Stern. “He will be functioning as
usual for the next eight months, but we agreed that it was appropriate to let
the Board of Governors know his plans as far in advance as possible.”
In his new position, Granik will continue to be the league’s principal
representative with USA Basketball and Chairman of the Board of the Basketball
Hall of Fame.
“After we successfully concluded our last collective bargaining agreement in
June, and with six years remaining on that agreement and three years left on
our television contracts, I felt the time was right for me to get off the
treadmill for a while,” said Granik, who first started in the NBA in 1976 as a
He became Assistant General Counsel in 1978, General Counsel in 1980 and
Executive Vice President in 1984, succeeding Stern when Stern was named
commissioner. In 1990, Granik was elected Deputy Commissioner by the NBA Board