Owner Steve Ballmer and his LA Clippers are used to blazing trails, and their latest hire does just that.
The Clippers have added renowned Sports Illustrated writer Lee Jenkins to a newly-created post within the front office. Jenkins will serve as the executive director of research and identity, where he will use his researching and interviewing skills to help the team scout prospects and potential free-agent signings.
According to the team, Jenkins will work alongside Lawrence Frank, president of basketball operations, and Michael Winger, general manager.
The Clippers are following in the footsteps of the Memphis Grizzlies, who added ESPN’s John Hollinger to their front office. In fact, they reached out to Jenkins about the possibilities of this new job.
“There will be a significant amount of research into potential players,” Jenkins told the Los Angeles Times. “I think it’ll be a lot of work that complements what they already do in terms of their scouting and evaluation, which is an area I’m pretty interested in and I’ve always thought a journalist could help with.”
The job will entail the skills that have made Jenkins such a success in the journalism world, even though he will not be operating in a writing capacity. He had spent 11 years with Sports Illustrated prior to accepting the job with the Clippers.
The hiring comes as the preseason approaches. The Clippers will open training camp on Sept. 24 in Hawaii.
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