NBA executive VP Stu Jackson to leave position

Stu Jackson, the NBA's executive vice president of basketball operations, will leave the league after more than 13 years of service later this summer.

Jackson will be replaced by longtime league and team executive Rod Thorn, effective Aug. 1.

"Stu has made enormous contributions to the NBA over the past 13 years," said commissioner David Stern. "He informed Adam Silver, Joel Litvin and me some months ago that after a long and distinguished career at the league he felt that this was the appropriate time to step down. We thank Stu for a job very well done, including assisting with the transition to Rod, and wish him the best in his future endeavors."

Jackson was in charge of all oncourt and international basketball operations, including game rules, conduct and discipline. He also was chairman of the NBA Competition Committee and was on FIBA's Competition Commission and USA Basketball's Board of Directors.

"The NBA has given me an extraordinary opportunity to work with some of the most talented people in sports and I am extremely proud to be associated with the remarkable global growth of the league, which couldn't be in better hands with Rod coming in to lead basketball operations," said Jackson. "I especially want to thank David, Adam and Joel for their exceptional leadership, friendship and continued support. I'm looking forward to applying my NBA experience as I move onto my next challenge."

Prior to his stint with the league, Jackson served as head coach of the New York Knicks, president and general manager of the Vancouver Grizzlies, head coach at the University of Wisconsin, and assistant coach at Providence College, Washington State and the University of Oregon.