Jazz exec Kevin O’Connor denies report of stepping down
Kevin O’Connor, the Utah Jazz’s fiery former general manager who stepped into a diminished role last summer, denied a television news report late Tuesday night that he is stepping away from the organization’s familial management team. Asked if he was stepping down after 14 years as an executive with the organization, the 65-year-old O’Connor said, "Not true, and I have no comment." A report by Salt Lake City CBS affiliate KUTV Ch. 2 said O’Connor, the team’s executive vice president of basketball operations, would leave the Jazz this summer and hand all of his executive duties over to general manager Dennis Lindsey. According to "multiple people near the Jazz organization," KUTV reported that O’Connor would move to North Carolina, where he has long had a home, and serve as a consultant. A former executive in San Antonio and Houston, Lindsey replaced O’Connor in August in a coordinated succession plan. O’Connor remained the Jazz’s top executive, but stepped out of the spotlight that he had occupied since 1999, one year after the Jazz last appeared in the NBA Finals. O’Connor oversaw the transition out of the heralded John Stockton and Karl Malone era, signed Carlos Boozer and drafted Deron Williams. In 2006-07, the Jazz reached the Western Conference finals before losing in five games to the eventual champion Spurs. The Salt Lake Tribune confirmed the report that O’Connor sold his Holladay home on April 17, the same day the Jazz’s season ended with an 86-70 loss in Memphis.
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