Hawks Name Sund To GM Post
ATLANTA HAWKS NAME RICK SUND AS GENERAL MANAGER
Veteran NBA Executive Possesses 30-Plus Years of Front Office Experience
ATLANTA, GA (May 28, 2008) --
The Atlanta Hawks today named Rick Sund as the team's General
Manager, according to Hawks co-owner Michael Gearon. Sund has more than 30 years
of NBA experience, including stints with the Seattle Sonics, Detroit Pistons,
Dallas Mavericks and Milwaukee Bucks.
"Rick has an enormous amount of experience, and an outstanding reputation around
the league," Gearon said. "During this process, as we spoke with basketball
people that we respect around the NBA, everyone had glowing things to say about
Rick and his work. Our objective was to add an individual who would help us take
the momentum we gained last season, and move to the next level. We feel we've
done that, and we're thrilled to add someone of Rick's caliber to our
"I'm very excited and impressed with what the Hawks have currently developed,"
said Sund, from the Orlando NBA Pre-Draft Camp, "and I look forward to
continuing that process. They captivated the attention of fans locally and
nationally with their play during the playoffs, and I too, was impressed with
the effort they displayed throughout that series (vs. Boston).
"We have a great nucleus of players, and while we have some work ahead of us,
there's tremendous potential and continued growth with the guys on this roster.
I look forward to getting more familiar with the coaching staff and players as
we look to build on the success this franchise has enjoyed this postseason."
Formerly the General Manager of the Seattle Sonics from 2001-07, Sund and the
Sonics were the inaugural champions of the Northwest Division in 2004-05, and
the team reached the postseason twice during his tenure.
Prior to that, he served in several different roles with the Dallas Mavericks
from 1979-94, finishing up as Vice President of Basketball Operations. At the
start of his tenure, he helped the expansion Mavericks develop their inaugural
season roster as the Director of Player Personnel. Selected by then-GM Norm
Sonju, Sund - at the age of 28 - became the youngest person in league history to
hold that position.
One of the NBA's most-respected front office executives, Sund presided over a
Mavericks team that won a franchise-record 55 games and took home the Midwest
Division title in 1986-87. Dallas matched or improved their record in each of
the franchise's first eight seasons, reaching the playoffs on six occasions and
making it to the Western Conference Finals in 1988.
In 1994, he spent one season as a consultant for the Sonics during Wally
Walker's first season as GM, managing the Sonics' college scouting program and
assisted Walker with personnel decisions.
Sund joined the Pistons as Vice President of Player Personnel in the summer of
1995, assuming the title of Executive VP and General Manager of Basketball
Operations a year later. The Pistons, winners of 100 games in his first two
seasons, participated in the playoffs four times during his Detroit years, where
he spent six seasons (1995-2001). He assisted in developing the Pistons in the
areas of roster and player development, trades, contract negotiations, player
drafts, free-agent acquisitions and other team operations.
Sund began his career in Milwaukee, spending five years with the Bucks after
graduating with a master's degree in sports administration from Ohio University
He was a two-sport athlete at Northwestern University, where he was twice named
academic All-Big Ten on the basketball squad (he was a 6-4 guard for the
Wildcats), while also seeing action as a tight end and wide receiver on the
football team. He holds a bachelor's degree in political science from
Sund is currently in Orlando serving as one of the co-chairman of the NBA's
Pre-Draft camp. He is also serves on the board of the directors for the Special
Olympics for the state of Washington, and the advisory board of the University
of Oregon's business school's Warsaw Sports Marketing and Management Division.
Born on June 4, 1951, Richard Walker Sund is a native of Elgin, IL, and is a
member of the Illinois Basketball Hall of Fame. He and his wife Lea are the
parents of two children, daughter Hali and son Patrick.
Atlanta Hawks 2008-09 season tickets are on sale now and can be purchased by
visiting www.hawks.com or calling 1-866-715-1500. The Hawks, a member of the
National Basketball Association since 1949, play in the Southeast Division,
along with the Charlotte Bobcats, Miami Heat, Orlando Magic and Washington