Wilkens rejoins SuperSonics
Seattle, WA (Sports Network) – Former Seattle player and coach Lenny Wilkens
rejoined the SuperSonics on Thursday, filling the newly created position of
vice chairman of the professional basketball club (PBC).
“I am very pleased Lenny has agreed to join our group, and believe his
addition will bring immeasurable value as well as regional credibility to our
efforts to build a world-class arena in the Greater Seattle area and secure a
bright future for our teams and business,” said Clayton I. Bennett, chairman
of the PBC.
Wilkens, who first came to Seattle in 1968 as a player and then led the
franchise to its only championship in 1979 as a coach, will oversee external
community relations and business activities as well as serve as an advisor to
ownership on basketball operations.
With 32 years of head coaching experience in the NBA, Wilkens is the all-time
winningest coach in league history with a career record of 1,315-1,133 with
Seattle, Portland, Cleveland, Atlanta, Toronto and New York.
“I know the NBA and I know the community, and I’m really looking forward to
this opportunity to assist the Sonics in any way I can,” said Wilkens.