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Rob Hennigan Named Orlando Magic General Manager

2012 June 20
by Brian Serra

The Orlando Magic officially named Rob Hennigan as the team’s General Manager today, filling the month long GM vacancy. The spot has been void since Otis Smith and the Magic mutually parted ways on May 21st. Hennigan has no time to ease into the gig as he not only has to deal with the upcoming draft (the easy part), but also the Dwight Howard saga (the tough part).

The still vacant head coach position will likely remain so until after the draft has settled, according to Adrain Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

While the average fan has most likely not heard of Hennigan, the hire is being praised league-wide as a tremendous hire. The Spurs and Thunder pedigree certainly can’t be a bad thing. The team press release with additional information on Rob Hennigan is below.

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Orlando, FL – Rob Hennigan, who spent the past eight years with two of the NBA’s most successful franchises, has been named General Manager, Orlando Magic Chief Executive Officer Alex Martins announced today.

“It is with great enthusiasm and optimism that we announce Rob Hennigan as our new General Manager,” said Martins. “Rob is an astute strategist and evaluator of talent who comes to the Magic family from two championship-level organizations. We feel he is an outstanding fit and the right choice to lead our Basketball Operations team in achieving our championship goals.”

Hennigan spent the past four seasons with Oklahoma City, including the last two seasons as the Thunder’s assistant general manager/player personnel.  Hennigan spent his first two seasons with the Thunder as the team’s director of college/international player personnel.

Hennigan’s responsibilities included overseeing the Thunder’s professional, college and international scouting departments, as well as assisting with all player personnel matters and day-to-day management of basketball operations.

During Hennigan’s tenure, Oklahoma City compiled a 175-137 (.561) regular season record.  The Thunder won 50-or-more games twice, reached the Western Conference Finals twice and advanced to the 2012 NBA Finals.

Prior to joining the Thunder, Hennigan spent four seasons with the San Antonio Spurs.  He was named director of basketball operations in September of 2007.  Hennigan began as an intern during the 2004-05 season and was later named the team’s basketball operations assistant during the summer of 2005.  The Spurs won the NBA World Championship in 2004-05 and 2006-07.

A native of Worcester, Massachusetts, Hennigan graduated with a degree in broadcast journalism from Emerson College in 2004.  He was named a Division III All-American and an Academic All-American as a senior and was the Great Northeast Athletic Conference Player of the Year for three consecutive seasons.  Hennigan finished his career as the school’s all-time leading scorer.

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