Rob Hennigan

By Kid Kelly

Rob Hennigan made NBA history when he was named the General Manager of the Orlando Magic when he became the youngest GM in history. Before he took the life-changing job at thirty years old, he was just your average basketball crazy-kid. Born in Massachusetts,  Hennigan attended St. John’s high school where he helped lead the team to a state championship in his senior year.

Photo Credit: Sarah Espedido/Orlando Sentinel

Photo Credit: Sarah Espedido/Orlando Sentinel

While Rob Hennigan didn’t make it to Division I, he still got a quality education and college experience at Emerson College. He continued to play Division III basketball there where he was rewarded by being named Division III All-American player of the year, Academic Player of the Year, and Great Northeast Atlantic Conference Player of the Year. However, Hennigan was destined for much more than basketball, as Emerson is a rigorous academic school with a very selective process for admitting students. One of their most notable alumni is Lowell Galindo, and anchor for ESPNU as well as multiple other sports broadcasters. However, Hennigan distinguished himself despite also graduating with a degree in broadcast journalism. Upon his graduation, he was the all-time leading scorer for his college team, combining his basketball talent with his incredible brain made him the ideal candidate to achieve the dream of being a general manager.

Right out of college, Rob Hennigan was hired by the San Antonio Spurs where he worked as the director of basketball operations. He would spend four years with the franchise where he would consistently fly overseas for scouting as well as attend college games all through the week. During his time there, he became an avid Spurs fan, much to the chagrin of his loyal Celtics family however he was able to convince his father to develop a love for San Antonio as well. However, Hennigan is an ambitious and it wasn’t long before he was persuaded to join the Oklahoma City Thunder organization where he became the director of college/international players personnel. After two years, he would earn a promotion to assistant general manager/player personnel.

Photo Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Photo Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

He would spend a total of four years with the Thunder, the same amount of time spent with the Spurs before the Orlando Magic offered him the opportunity of a lifetime. At only thirty years old, Rob Hennigan would be the youngest General Manager in history, however the move didn’t shock many in the sports world. Often described as cool and collected, Hennigan worked extremely hard to earn his promotions because he knew what his goals were. During his college and high school careers, he was known as an incredible defender and outside shooter, two qualities he has hoped to bring to Orlando’s team. This year he hired Frank Vogel as head coach, and filled the Magic roster with experienced veterans in hope of conditioning the younger players. While a massive turn-around hasn’t happened for Orlando yet, the team has begun to get better every week. Wit his contract extended into the 2017-2018 season, Hennigan has plenty of time to continue his innovative work on the Magic roster.

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