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Dave Twardzik, a basketball All-American at Old Dominion University and director of player personnel for the Orlando Magic, Tuesday was named co-general manager of the team.

The Magic's Director of Player Development Otis Smith also will lead Magic basketball operations. General Manager/Chief Operating Officer John Weisbrod resigned his position to pursue an opportunity in hockey.

Twardzik was named the Magic's director of player personnel on Sept. 15, 2003. He has more than 29 years of professional basketball experience as a player, coach and front office executive.

Twardzik has worked in a variety of areas with several NBA team's basketball operations departments. He served as general manager of Golden State from 1995-97. Prior to joining the Warriors, he spent five seasons with the Charlotte Hornets, beginning as director of scouting in 1990. He was promoted to director of player personnel in 1991, a position he held until joining Golden State in 1995.

Twardzik has been on the bench as an assistant coach with Indiana (1986-89), the Los Angeles Clippers (1989-90) and Detroit (2000-01). He was a member of Portland's front office from 1981-85 and has also served as a scout for Sacramento (regional/advance scout in 1999-2000; college scout in 2001-02) and Denver (college scout in 1997-99).

Despite being selected with the 26th overall pick of the 1972 NBA Draft by Portland, Twardzik began his professional playing career with the ABA's Virginia Squires. During his four ABA seasons, he averaged 9.0 ppg. and 3.2 apg. and was named an ABA All-Star in 1975.

Following the ABA-NBA merger in 1976, Twardzik joined Portland and helped the Trail Blazers capture the NBA title in 1976-77. During the championship season, Twardzik set a franchise record by hitting 61.2 percent of his field goals. He appeared in 280 career NBA regular season outings with the Trail Blazers, averaging 9.5 ppg., 3.4 apg. and 2.5 rpg., and had his jersey number 13 retired by Portland on October 11, 1981.

A native of Middletown, Penn., Twardzik attended Old Dominion University and was twice named an All-American (1970-71, 1971-72). He and his wife, Kathe, have two children: Monika (28) and Matthew (22).

This article was posted on: June 29, 2005

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