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Thunder adds longtime executive Maurizio Gherardini to staff

by Darnell Mayberry Modified: November 7, 2013 at 4:20 pm •  Published: November 7, 2013
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The Oklahoma City Thunder has added longtime executive Maurizio Gherardini to its staff as a senior advisor/international affairs.

Gherardini is best known for his 14 years as general manager of Benetton Treviso, where he established himself as one of the brightest minds and administrators in the history of European basketball.

During his tenure with Benetton Treviso, Gherardini helped to turn the Italian club into one of the most familiar and successful clubs outside of the NBA. Under his guidance, Benetton captured four Italian League championships, seven Italian Cups, three Italian Supercups and made four appearances in the Euroleague’s Final Four.

Since 2006, Gherardini has held the position of vice president and assistant general manager for the Toronto Raptors.

Gherardini was in Oklahoma City in recent days, attending team meetings and functions at the team’s training facility. He’ll be stationed in Europe helping the Thunder in international initiatives but will also be available in other capacities as designated by the team.

by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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