The NBA announced Wednesday that Stu Jackson will step down as Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations, and that Rod Thorn has been named President of Basketball Operations for the NBA.

Jackson, 57, spent six seasons with the NBA in charge of basketball policies, including some controversial decisions. He was responsible for the decision to suspend several Suns players, including Amar'e Stoudemire, for stepping onto the cout during the alteraction betwee Steve Nash and Robert Horry in Game 4 of the 2007 Western Conference semifinals matchup between the Suns and Spurs. The Suns would go on to lose the series.

Jackson is also notable as head of the Vancouver Grizzlies' front office from the team's inception in 1994 to 2000.

Thorn has been in and around the NBA since 1963, when he was drafted by the Baltimore Bullets. Since that time he's worked in every conceivable capacity in professional basketball, from player, to ABA coach, to executive with the Chicago Bulls where he was instrumental in the selection of Michael Jordan, to being oe of Jackson's predecessors as Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations.

For the past two years, Thorn has worked as president of the Philadelphia 76ers

From the NBA's press release:

NBA Commissioner David Stern announced today that after more than 13 years, Stu Jackson, Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations, will be leaving the NBA, and that longtime league and team executive Rod Thorn will be joining the league office as President, Basketball Operations, effective Aug. 1.

“Stu has made enormous contributions to the NBA over the past 13 years,” said Stern. “He informed Adam Silver, Joel Litvin and me some months ago that after a long and distinguished career at the league he felt that this was the appropriate time to step down. We thank Stu for a job very well done, including assisting with the transition to Rod, and wish him the best in his future endeavors.”