|Birth: ||Sep. 22, 1916|
|Death: ||Feb. 26, 2012|
Professional Basketball Executive. He served as president and general manager of the Seattle SuperSonics during their NBA championship season of 1978-1979. Born Zalmon Marcola Volchok, he attended the University of Oregon and served with the US Navy during World War II. Upon his return home, he became involved with the entertainment industry. He founded Northwest Releasing Corporation in 1952 and it would evolve into a colossal enterprise of talent-booking. In 1966, when the SuperSonics were granted inception into the National Basketball Association as part of the league's expansion, their proprietor Sam Schulman brought in Volchok to run the franchise. With restricted understanding of professional sports, he entrusted personnel decisions to the coaches (Bill Russell and later Lenny Wilkins). He utilized his expertise of the entertainment aspect and devised the usage of promotions as a means for attracting fans resulting in spiked attendance. In addition, the team was one of the earliest to feature a halftime show. Volchok was named NBA Executive of the Year for the 1982-1983 season. (bio by: C.S.)
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Record added: Feb 27, 2012
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