Phoenix Suns reportedly hiring Pistons govt Josh Bartelstein as CEO
Phoenix Suns reportedly hiring Pistons govt Josh Bartelstein as CEO

Normal view of motion as Luka Doncic #77 of the Dallas Mavericks strikes the ball up court docket through the second half of the NBA sport in opposition to the Phoenix Suns at Footprint Middle on October 19, 2022 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photograph by Christian Petersen/Getty Photographs)

(Photograph by Christian Petersen/Getty Photographs)

The Phoenix Suns are hiring Detroit Pistons govt Josh Bartelstein as their new CEO, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported on Saturday.

New proprietor Mat Ishbia reportedly focused Bartelstein to assist within the overhaul of the Robert Sarver-led tradition that was beforehand in place. Normal supervisor James Jones will nonetheless report on to Ishbia, Wojnarowski added.

Bartelstein, 33, turned the assistant common supervisor in Detroit in July 2022, in keeping with his LinkedIn web page. He beforehand spent two years because the Pistons’ VP of enterprise and basketball operations and almost 5 years as an govt below Palace Sports activities and Leisure vice chairman Arn Tellem.

He was very important in many various tasks with the crew and metropolis, together with relocating the Pistons to downtown Detroit, Wojnarowski mentioned.

Bartelstein will exchange former CEO Jason Rowley, who was additionally reportedly concerned in numerous office misconduct allegations. Rowley resigned from his place in early February. He had been the Suns’ president and CEO since 2012.

The brand new CEO performed basketball for Ishbia’s rival faculty, Michigan, from 2009-13 and was additionally a walk-on just like the Suns’ proprietor at Michigan State. Bartelstein was a captain on the 2012-13 crew that helped Michigan attain its first Ultimate 4 in 20 years.

Wojnarowski added that Bartelstein is the son of Mark Bartelstein, one of many league’s most distinguished participant representatives and the CEO of Precedence Sports activities and Leisure based mostly in Chicago.

Bartelstein is from Highland Park, Unwell.