New Sixers CEO Promises a Head Coach by Start of Season, Was Bouncer at Princeton-Avalon Back in the Day
New Sixers CEO Scott O'Neil has Jersey Shore roots.
He once had a job like you and I: he was a bouncer at the famous Princeton in Avalon, NJ.
O'Neil takes over as CEO after spending the last few years as MSG President in New York, overseeing business operations for the Knicks, New York Rangers and New York Liberty.
The Villanova graduate is also credited for revitalizing the Knicks after Isiah Thomas left the franchise in disarray in 2008.
"I love this ownership group. They want to win and will put their money where their mouth is." O'Neil said.
O'Neil replaces ousted CEO Adam Aron who will remain on the Sixers board of directors and also received an increase in team ownership stake.
O'Neil is set to work with majority owner Joshua Harris and recently hired president and GM Sam Hinkie who he is excited for the opportunity to work with.
"If you are betting on a horse, you better bet on Sam (Hinkie)," O'Neil told Mike Gill and Todd Ranck.
The first order of business for the three decision makers is to hire a head coach. The Sixers are the only team in the NBA remaining without one and interesting candidates should apply as O'Neil is looking at everything.
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