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Saturday, 25 January 2020 11:27

Sharks Introduce New General Manager

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The South Florida Sharks held an impromptu press conference today to announce that the team had promoted executive VP of Player Personnel and Development Tom Zarra to general manager. The move came as a bit of a surprise, considering the 7-foot former superstar has just one year of front office experience; but, as always, there was no lack of confidence from the former champion. "There weren't a lot of expectations here last year," Zarra said, to the assembled media. "But, we did what we do and found a way to make the playoffs. That's just the beginning. We're not aiming to make the playoffs. We're aiming for these," he said, holding up his gaudy Championship ring from his time in the now-defunct Online Basketball Association. "As long as I'm here, good is no longer going to be acceptable. We're shooting for greatness."

 

Moving out of the general manager role will be Jay Amado, whose relationship with Zarra spans over two decades, and who convinced his former player to give the front office a try last year. He will be moving into a newly-created role as CEO and President of the Sharks--a role that is said to also give the 38-year-old an equity stake in the team.

 

"At the end of the day, professional basketball is not always just about the on-court product. There's a lot more that goes into it behind the scenes," owner Robert Day said when making the announcement. "Jay has shown that he's committed to all of the things that go into building a successful franchise in the long-term. Whether it's community outreach and team marketing, keeping the team on track financially, or making sure that the success continues on the court, he did an excellent job in communicating his vision and has not wavered in it from the day he stepped into the building."

 

"This is big," Amado said. "Tom Zarra is the greatest player to ever put on a basketball uniform, and was a huge part of our success last year. We've known each other for well over half of my life, and the influence he's had on my professional career is undeniable. I have zero doubt that he'll continue to do a great job moving forward...plus I can guarantee that press conferences in this neck of the woods are about to get a whole lot more fun," he added with laugh.

 

"As for what this means for me? I'll be able to be a little less hands-on on the day-to-day management and roster stuff--Tom and Morris can take care of that--and I can focus on making sure we keep our eyes on being competitive in every aspect in the long-term."

 

After breaking training camps, the Sharks are set to return 9 players from last year's 46-34 team who then saw an early playoff exit after a hard-fought seven game series with the Minnesota Marauders. The team was one of the biggest free agency spenders as well, with guard Alain Lagon--fresh off a Heikkinen Cup-winning season--and power forward Michael Jenkins being the two biggest additions of the offseason. Other key additions include Joey Short, Henry Moreland, and John Sims. They will once again likely take the deep rotation approach, aiming to build on last year's early success.

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