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Amanda M. said on November 17th, 2010 at 3:13 pm

Thank you for highlighting what is a real problem in the sports industry. Team executives often pass up qualified, credentialed potential employees to hire friends/family/former athletes. Now, I don’t want to take away opportunities from someone that happens to fall in one of those categories who is also qualified (think NHL player who was very active in the NHLPA, or NBA player who runs his own apparel company on the side), but the sports industry seems to be the one place where ‘who you know’ doesn’t just get your foot in the door, it lands you in the C-suite.

As Russell mentioned, best of luck to Kirk, but absolutely nothing in his resume makes me think he’s ready to be the Dir. of Basketball Operations for a major league franchise.

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Jon Kander said on November 17th, 2010 at 4:35 pm

From a slightly different perspective, I am curious how people from within the Warriors staff will respond to the owner’s son once he starts giving orders. It seems painfully obvious that Kirk’s hiring is a product of nepotism. If I was a senior exec working alongside him, I would probably ignore most of his thoughts/recommendations because it’s my butt on the line if things go wrong – the owner’s son probably has immunity from being fired.