NBA promotes Curry to VP of basketball operations

Updated: August 10, 2006, 10:46 AM ET

NEW YORK -- Michael Curry has been promoted to NBA vice president of basketball operations, commissioner David Stern announced on Thursday.

Curry had served as the vice president of player development for the NBA D-League since September.

In his new role, Curry will continue to oversee all of the D-League's player development programs and will also assume basketball operations responsibilities for the NBA, reporting to executive vice president of operations Stu Jackson.

"Michael is widely respected by teams and players in both the NBA and the D-League for his knowledge of the game and his leadership qualities," NBA president of league operations Joel Litvin said. "He has done a tremendous job for the D-League and this is a great opportunity for us to utilize his talents at the NBA level as well."

Curry, 37, retired as a player in 2005 after an 11-year career and served as president of the Players Association from 2000-04.

Known as a solid defensive player, Curry had career averages of 4.6 points and 1.6 rebounds in 667 NBA games with six teams. Curry made 152 of his 269 starts in two seasons with the Detroit Pistons (2001-02 and 2002-03).

Curry was not drafted by an NBA franchise and played in Germany, Belgium and France (1990-92), the United States Basketball League (1992), in Italy (1993-94) and the Continental Basketball Association (1992-93 and 1995-96).