With the Steve Ballmer regime off to a nice start for the Clippers, Arash Markazi of ESPN Los Angeles tweets interim CEO Dick Parsons will step down from his role in the coming weeks.
Dick Parsons tells Fox Business Network he will stay on as Clippers CEO for “just a couple more weeks.”
— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) August 20, 2014
With former CEP Andy Roeser heavily connected to Donald Sterling on a personal level, the NBA appointed Dick Parsons as interim CEO for the franchise in order to maintain stability amidst the scandal that soon led to Sterling’s inevitable dismissal from the franchise.
“I believe the hiring of Dick Parsons will bring extraordinary leadership and immediate stability to the Clippers organization,” said NBA commissioner Adam Silver. “Dick’s credentials as a proven chief executive speak for themselves and I am extremely grateful he accepted this responsibility.”
During his short tenure as CEO, Parsons played the role of ‘proxy owner’, with everything team-related going through him, though he allowed team president and head coach Doc Rivers to control all things basketball related. But like any owner in the NBA or any other sport, Parsons delivered the final say-so on all team decision, including free agency.
“It’s still going to be a partnership,” said Parsons on the relationship between he and Rivers in an interview with Ramona Shelburne of ESPN Los Angeles.” But at the end of the day, somebody is going to have to sign off all these decisions and that’ll be me, because I’ll be the CEO. But I plan to make [Rivers] a full-fledged partner in this.”
Through his tenure, Parsons remained silent and non-transparent when it came to basketball transactions, an idea that may be unfamiliar to Clippers fans after so many years with Donald Sterling up until the court sessions when the CEO revealed Clippers coach Doc Rivers and others (players, advertisers) considered ‘quitting’ on the franchise if Sterling remained owner going into the 2014-15 season, causing quite the stir throughout the fanbase. Now, with Steve Ballmer officially listed as owner of the franchise, there’s little need for Parsons’ presence as stability has been gained once again.
The team has shown no indication of who will replace Dick Parsons as the full-time CEO, but it seems unlikely the franchise reinstates Andy Roeser to his role.