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Lenny Wilkens resigns from the Sonics, capping a perfectly terrible and stormy tenure at the head of the club. On the night of the draft lottery it seemed he might preside over one of the most exciting moments in Sonic history. But a falling out with Clay Bennett eventually cut him almost entirely out of the decision-making process.
ESPN.com news services report:
"After much contemplation, I have decided to resign from my position as Vice Chairman of the Seattle SuperSonics," Wilkens said in a statement. "My passion for this city and this franchise has never wavered, but I feel that my position within the organization did not develop the way that I thought it would.
"I am extremely competitive, I'm driven to win and I have a deep passion for the game. I wish the Sonics well in the future."
Wilkens, 70, was given a new title on April 27, but lost it when the 30-year-old Presti was hired. When the announcement was made, Sonics chairman Clay Bennett said he was restructuring his front office so that Presti would report straight to him. Wilkens returned to his job as Vice Chairman of the Professional Basketball Club, LLC, and as an advisor to Bennett.