Anonymous
Two months ago

Chris Pongrass new Sydney Kings CEO

http://www.sydneykings.com/news/article/chris-pongrass-named-chief-executive-officer-of-the-sydney-kings?fbclid=IwAR02ICOv-lDe2Pd5qKqFtkng0QsSIQHol5JfeimFIQD2JTrKQF4vQySk36w

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Anonymous  
Two months ago

No mention of JVG at all.

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AngusH  
Two months ago

Well then.

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Anonymous  
Two months ago

Seems a strange move backwards from the NBA. I'm sure there is more to this, as would be irrational if it was only just job related

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Anonymous  
Two months ago

Clearly been planned for a long time.
"After an extensive search and interview process it was felt Chris was the best fit..."
THanks for the memories Jeff. Most of them shithouse.

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Anonymous  
Two months ago

This is the CEO position - not JVG's "General Manager of Basketball" role.

Side note: I interviewed for a position at the NBA (league office, not a team), and in the two interviews I had, both times a number of names of other Australians in high front office positions around the league were rattled off (business side mostly, not basketball ops), with one guy joking "this league is basically run by New York Jews first, and Australians second". Interesting to think that with all the problems both BA and the NBL have had over the years, there's all this Australian basketball-management talent out there, just sitting in front offices in Toronto, LA etc.

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Anonymous  
Two months ago

"In his new role, Pongrass will be responsible for managing all key functions of the Kings organisation including business operations, development, strategy and basketball operations. "
Sounds like his duties + CEO.

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Aussie  
Two months ago

Is he Australian or American?

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AngusH  
Two months ago

Australian.

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Aussie  
Two months ago

Sorry I just saw that.

At least he would have an idea of the Australian market.

The question is, why would he leave a high paying job (presumably) in Memphis and then join the Sydney Kings?

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Anonymous  
Two months ago

Because it's probably an excellent career move. He's young (30ish?) and has a legal background, with his role at the Grizzlies likely also having a legal focus. Larger NBA teams have several hundred employees and like any organisation of that size (and popularity), it can be difficult to broaden your experience and responsibilities beyond your lane. The Sydney Kings seems like a big step down from the Memphis Grizzlies, but he's going to be running all facets of the business. His role at the Grizzlies reports up to the GM, so he's likely one of the legal voices behind assembling a roster, player deals, CBA expert etc. If he wants to move beyond that lane, it's really excellent experience. Do this for a few years and then return to the NBA with a far broader CV in hand. An NBL club might be tiny in comparison to an NBA club, but it's still real experience running all of marketing, operations, business development, events, staffing etc for a professional basketball team in a large city, and it's an extremely challenging market. Smart move.

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Aussie  
Two months ago

Fair enough.

Well answered, let's hope you are right

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Anonymous  
Two months ago

Pong-r Ass?

Must have had a fun time at school

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Aussie  
Two months ago

g-r Ass?

Must have had a fun time at school

Primary school holidays is it?

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AngusH  
Two months ago

Googling the Pongrass name tells me that he probably didn't have too many troubles in school.

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Anonymous  
Two months ago

So was JVG essentially told to move on?

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Anonymous  
Two months ago

From mid season if you believe the gossip

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MACDUB  
Two months ago

"The question is, why would he leave a high paying job (presumably) in Memphis and then join the Sydney Kings?"

From what I hear the salaries of a lot of those guys with NBA teams (such as DBO roles) don't pay anywhere near as high as what people think.

It's a supply/demand thing I think. So many people want those types of roles that they can afford not to pay exuberant salaries. DBO role is quite senior but still, those roles can be filed from within easily enough.

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LV  
Two months ago

#889 nailed it- great move for Pongrass.

but looking from the Kings perspective, is this the right move? He's got fairly limited experience, he's young. 2 and a half years as director of "basketball operations" in Memphis, and a bit of legal experience at Memphis and general legal before that. Is he ready for a full breadth CEO role of a medium sized organisation?

Clearly Kings have found faith in the guy. Time will tell.

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LV  
Two months ago

Essentially Pongrass is one cog in a big machine, and he's becoming the centerpiece of a small machine.

He'll need the right temperament, people management, leadership and broad commercial skillset. It's not everybody's cup of tea- many people are just more suited to his current type of role, and you don't necessarily know until you try.

For the Kings sake, hopefully he nails it.

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AngusH  
Two months ago

FWIW re: JVG, my seats are a little behind the Kings bench and JVG was a regular sight mingling and shaking hands for the first 2 years, but I don't remember seeing him at a game in months, at least.

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D2.0  
Two months ago

With large corporations, or in this case one controlled from America, who knows.

I've lost count of the number of times I've had to put up with bosses and other managers that were absolutely incompetent, but managed to convince the executive that they were doing a great job. I recall one recently, a manager was leaving and the company threw a nice lunch at a top restaurant. All the executives were there, they all thought this person was great. I was the only subordinate to show up, and honestly only because I forgot it was on and was caught out working in the office that day.

Point is, for all we know they have congratulated JVG on a job well done, and given him a promotion.

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Anonymous  
Two months ago

WTF are you on?

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