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Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Kiki Vandeweghe to join NBA office as VP

By Arash Markazi

LOS ANGELES -- Kiki Vandeweghe, who has been covering the Los Angeles Clippers as a writer and analyst on Fox Sports the past two seasons, will join the NBA as vice president, basketball operations on April 1, NBA executive vice president, basketball operations Stu Jackson announced Wednesday.

Vandeweghe will be involved in a broad range of basketball matters, including the development of playing rules and interpretations, game analytics, disciplinary matters, and policies and procedures relating to the operation of NBA games. He will also serve as a key interface between the league and the teams, drawing upon his years of experience as a general manager and coach.

Vandeweghe, an All-American basketball player at UCLA and a former two-time NBA All-Star, will report to Jackson.

"Kiki has a lifetime of basketball experience, including an NBA career spanning more than three decades as a player, coach, and general manager, which provides him with a tremendous amount of insight into our game," Jackson said in a statement released by the league. "We're looking forward to drawing upon his expertise on a wide range of matters involving our game."

Vandeweghe was the general manager, and for one season the interim head coach, of the New Jersey Nets from 2007 to 2010. Before joining the Nets, he was a broadcast analyst for two years with ESPN. Before his time with ESPN, Vandeweghe was the general manager of the Denver Nuggets from 2001 to 2006.

Vandeweghe's NBA playing career spanned 13 years, with the Nuggets, Portland Trail Blazers, New York Knicks, and Clippers, during which he averaged 19.7 points, shot 52.5 percent from the field, 87.2 percent from the free-throw line, made two All-Star appearances, and helped his teams to the postseason 12 times.

Vandeweghe, who covered Wednesday's Clippers-76ers game, was a candidate to be the Clippers' general manager in the offseason before the team promoted Gary Sacks. "I'm very excited to be joining the NBA league office," Vandeweghe said in a tweet Wednesday.