SS&E ANNOUNCES LEADERSHIP CHANGES: RC NAMED SS&E CEO, BRIAN WRIGHT NAMED SPURS GM

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SS&E ANNOUNCES LEADERSHIP CHANGES: RC NAMED SS&E CEO, BRIAN WRIGHT NAMED SPURS GM 

Post#1 » by GREY 1769 » Tue Jul 23, 2019 6:53 pm

These moves solidify our FO long-term. It's a well deserved promotion for RC who has done a remarkable job as Spurs GM, and a deserving promotion to Brian Wright who will become the Spurs GM now. RC will still oversee Brian's moves as the latter will report directly to RC. So it looks like the day-to-day duties are taken on by those in their new respective positions, though the overall eyes and final say-so remains the same. Even as SS&E restructures, I'm glad that PATFO is in place and the same sharp eyes are on our Spurs.

Spurs Sports & Entertainment Announces Leadership Changes
RC Buford, Rick Pych, Lawrence Payne, Brian Wright, Lori Warren and Bobby Perez to Assume New Roles Beginning September 3
Spurs Sports & Entertainment today announced that RC Buford has been named CEO of Spurs Sports & Entertainment, effective Sept. 3. The two-time NBA Executive of the Year has spent a total of 29 years with SS&E.

“RC Buford is one of the most highly-respected leaders in professional sports,” said SS&E Chairman Peter J. Holt. “His vision, innovation and drive have helped shape our values and culture. We are thrilled to have RC leading the organization into the future.”

Buford first joined the Silver and Black as an assistant coach on Larry Brown’s staff in 1988. He then spent one season with the Los Angeles Clippers and one season at the University of Florida before returning to San Antonio in 1994 as a member of then-Spurs General Manager Gregg Popovich’s staff.Buford was promoted to Spurs Director of Scouting in 1997 and took on the role of vice president and assistant general manager in 1999. Buford was named the Spurs General Manager in 2002 before being promoted to President of Sports Franchises in 2008.

In addition, SS&E announced that long-time top executives Rick Pych and Lawrence Payne have elected to transition into strategic advisory roles with the organization. The two leaders, with a combined 70 years of Spurs service, will remain heavily involved with various key projects and strategic planning at SS&E.

“Rick and LP have been instrumental in the success of the Spurs for many years,” said Holt. “Their passion, influence and leadership have allowed all of us to succeed. It’s impossible to list the numerous contributions they’ve made to the organization. All of us are grateful that we’ll be able to continue to tap into their knowledge and intelligence for years to come.”

Pych, who begins his 27th season with SS&E, has served as the organization’s president and co-CEO since 2016. He started with the organization as the team’s CFO in 1993. In 2000 he was named an executive vice president before assuming the role of president of business operations in 2008.

Payne, currently an executive vice president, is the longest tenured full-time employee in franchise history, starting with the Spurs in 1976 after receiving his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Texas at Austin.

At the same time, the organization has announced that Brian Wright has been promoted to Spurs General Manager while Lori Warren and Bobby Perez have been elevated to executive vice president roles. Warren and Perez will lead the business side of SS&E.

Wright, who will manage day-to-day basketball operations duties, spent 10 seasons working with the Orlando Magic and Detroit Pistons before being named the Spurs Assistant General Manager in 2016.

Warren, who has been with the organization for 26 years, most recently served as SS&E’s senior vice president of corporate finance and brand strategy.

Perez, a San Antonio native, joined SS&E in 2013 as the organization’s senior vice president general counsel and corporate relations after spending 20 years at Shelton & Valadez P.C.

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Post#3 » by GREY 1769 » Tue Jul 23, 2019 6:54 pm

Also, not for nothing, but a stealth perception move by the Spurs and SS&E to announce Timmy and Will as assistant coaches before releasing this info. Change can be jarring especially for an organization that has been so steady so long, even if these moves allow for the steadiness to continue. And with the feel-good Timmy is back! news plus Will being promoted, the background changes are seen through a paradigm of stability ever in place.

I'm happy for RC and Brian, and it looks as if these moves have been in the planning for a while now what with RC reportedly taking leadership / business courses at Duke and Stanford, Brian being more involved in trades and signings (looking at trade packages last summer, navigating the signings / sign-and-trades of Rudy, DeMarre, Trey, etc.), Luka Samanic dining with Pop, RC, and Brian before we drafted him (I wonder now in retrospect if there was a promise in place - we did scout him for three years...).

These are solid moves to our foundation, and with PATFO having an ever open-door policy to new ideas and overseeing the Spurs side of things, we're in good hands.
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