Golden State Warriors president and chief working officer Rick Welts, a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, will retire after the 2020-21 NBA season, sources instructed ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski on Thursday.
Welts has spent 46 years working within the NBA and, in 2011, turned essentially the most outstanding sports activities government to acknowledge that he’s homosexual. After starting his NBA profession as a ball boy with the Seattle SuperSonics in 1969 and actually fetching espresso for coach Bill Russell, Welts ultimately was the staff’s public relations director when it gained a championship in 1979.
Welts additionally labored with the Phoenix Suns from 2002 to ’11, holding roles as president and CEO. The Seattle native witnessed the Warriors win three NBA titles throughout his 11 years with the franchise and he additionally oversaw the constructing of their state-of-the-art Chase Center in San Francisco.
Welts additionally performed a serious position in advertising and marketing the NBA throughout his 17 years as an government with the league. In addition to growing the thought for an NBA All-Star Weekend in 1984, he additionally promoted “The Dream Team” and the WNBA.
Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated contributed to this report.