Granik wins Edward S. Steitz Award
Colorado Springs, CO (Sports Network) – USA Basketball announced Thursday that
Russ Granik has been named the 2005 recipient of the Edward S. Steitz Award.
The Award recognizes an individual for his or her outstanding contributions to
international basketball. It is named in memory of Edward S. Steitz, the
longtime director of athletics at Springfield College (Mass.).
Granik, the National Basketball Association’s deputy commissioner and chief
operating officer, started with USA Basketball in 1989, serving as the NBA’s
principal liaison in the formation of the original Dream Team that collected a
gold medal in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. He was also a vice president of USA
Basketball from 1989-1996 and served as president from 1997-2000.
In September 2003, he was named chairman of the board of the Naismith Memorial
Basketball Hall of Fame. Granik had previously served as a trustee and as a
member of the executive committee.
“From the moment in 1989 that FIBA voted to allow professional players to
compete in national team competitions, Russ has worked tirelessly and
successfully to facilitate the integration of NBA players into USA
Basketball’s senior men’s program,” said USA Basketball president Val
Ackerman. The organization has been extremely well-served over the past 16
years by his sound judgment, his extensive knowledge and his unwavering
commitment toward making American basketball the global standard.”
Granik announced recently he 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, who will continue in his current role as chairman of the board of the
Basketball Hall of Fame, has been with the NBA for the last 30 years, spending
the past 22 in his current position as the league’s second-in-command.