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Incoming NBA Commissioner Adam Silver completes organizational moves

01/30/2014 2:41 PM

01/30/2014 2:47 PM

Incoming NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, who takes over for David Stern on Feb. 1, already is making organizational changes. In the most significant of a handful of internal moves, Silver promoted longtime league executive Mark Tatum to Deputy Commissioner and Chief Operating Officer. There had been some speculation that Silver would scrap the position when he assembled his new staff. Instead, he opted to retain the spot for the executive who is referred to within the league as the “first lieutenant.”

Silver gets his first look at the Downtown Plaza - site of the proposed sports and entertainment complex - when he visits Sacramento on Wednesday. He also plans to meet with local business leaders, politicians and members of the Kings new ownership group prior to the Kings-Raptors tipoff. Majority owner Vivek Ranadive said he will miss Monday’s home game against the Chicago Bulls - something about attending a Super Bowl 3,000 miles away - but will be back in time to welcome Silver and his traveling entourage.

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Ailene Voisin, who has been with The Sacramento Bee since 1997, writes columns on a variety of sports, from the NBA, NFL and baseball to local high schools. Voisin previously worked for the San Diego Union, Los Angeles Herald-Examiner and Atlanta Journal-Constitution. She has been a beat writer covering the Dodgers, Angels and Clippers. Contact her at or 916-321-1208. Twitter: @ailene_voisin.


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