July 22, 2019 / 3:12 PM / a month ago

Wizards, Mystics get new organizational structure

FILE PHOTO: Jan 17, 2019; London, ENG; Washington Wizards owner Ted Leonsis before the game against the New York Knicks at The O2 Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Flynn-USA TODAY Sports

Washington Wizards owner Ted Leonsis made official the leadership structure of Monumental Basketball, the newly formed umbrella organization for the Wizards, Washington Mystics of the WNBA, Capital City Go-Go and Wizards District Gaming.

The group made it official Monday that Tommy Sheppard will serve as general manager of the Wizards, while announcing that Sashi Brown will be the chief planning and operations officer for Monumental Basketball, and Daniel Medina will have the title of chief of athlete care and performance.

“We have formed a new leadership team with a forward-thinking structure to adapt to the ‘new NBA’ that requires every possible strategic advantage to compete and win,” Leonsis said. “We are building a leadership brain trust with deep Wizards/NBA experience and with sports professionals from inside and outside the NBA to challenge our thinking and adapt to an ever-increasing competitive environment.”

Sheppard will lead strategy, analytics, player personnel, scouting and coaching for the Wizards, the Go-Go of the G-League and District Gaming. Brown will be in charge of all staff in technology, finance, communications, security, research and player engagement areas, and Medina will lead medical, training, mental health, strength and conditioning, nutrition and physical therapy/recovery efforts.

Additionally, the organization hired former Georgetown and Princeton coach John Thompson III to head the newly formed athlete development and engagement department.

The Wizards recently named Sheppard, entering his 17th year with the team, as its general manager, removing the “interim” tag. Brown formerly was the executive vice president and general counsel of the Cleveland Browns, and Medina spent the past two seasons as the vice president of athlete care for the Philadelphia 76ers.

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