Jim Stack is an American basketball executive and former player. He served as general manager of the NBA's Minnesota Timberwolves from July 9, 2004 to September 26, 2009. Prior to joining the Timberwolves' organization, Stack worked as a scout and executive for the Chicago Bulls, an assistant coach for the Indiana Pacers and an advance scout for the New York Knicks.

Jim Stack
Personal information
Listed height6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight215 lb (98 kg)
Career information
High schoolSt. Laurence (Burbank, Illinois)
CollegeNorthwestern (1979–1983)
NBA draft1983: 6th round, 117th overall pick
Selected by the Houston Rockets
Career history
1984–1985GSG Aarschot
1985–1986RAS Maccabi Brussels
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Early life


Stack attended St. Laurence High School in Burbank, Illinois. He was a member of the school's basketball team, the Vikings, which won or tied for the Chicago Catholic League championship for four consecutive years from 1975 to 1978.[1] The Vikings finished in fourth place in the 1977 IHSA Class AA Boys Basketball tournament.[2] Stack, however, was unable to play in the Vikings' semi-final and third-place games, which were both losses, in that year's tournament due to an ankle injury he suffered during the team's quarterfinal victory.[3][4] In the 1977–1978 season, the Vikings won their first 27 games before losing 42–41 in the sectional round of the 1978 IHSA Class AA tournament to the also 27-0 and eventual state champions Lockport Township High School.[5][6] Stack was named to the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association's All-State second team as a senior in 1978.[7]

After graduating from high school, Stack played for Northwestern University. During his four years, he averaged 14.1 points-per-game and finished his career as the school's second all-time leading scorer with 1,583 points scored. Stack was selected as the team's MVP for his junior and senior years and helped the team advance to the second round of the 1983 National Invitation Tournament.[8][9]

Professional career




Stack was a sixth-round selection of the Houston Rockets in 1983,[10] but ended up being one of the last cuts by the team that year.[8][11] Stack then played overseas for a number of teams,[12][13] including in Belgium where he played for GSG Aarschot in 1984–1985,[14] averaging 27 points-per-game to finish third in the league in scoring, and RAS Maccabi Brussels in 1985–1986.[15]

Chicago Bulls


In 1988, Stack was offered a position as scout with the Chicago Bulls by then General Manager Jerry Krause, also serving as a special assistant to Krause.[8] Stack's contract as a scout with the Bulls was extended by the team in 1989 after Phil Jackson was named the team's new head coach.[16] Stack was promoted to Assistant Vice President of Basketball operations in 1996.[17] Stack played a significant part in the formation of the Bulls as a powerhouse in the 1990s when the team won six NBA championships in eight seasons.[18]

Indiana Pacers


In August 2000, Stack was hired by the Indiana Pacers to serve as an assistant to head coach Isiah Thomas.[19][20] Stack served as assistant coach for three seasons until Thomas was fired by the team in August 2003.[21][22]

New York Knicks


Stack served as an advance scout for the New York Knicks during the 2003–2004 season.[18]

Minnesota Timberwolves


Stack was hired to be the general manager of the Minnesota Timberwolves in July 2004.[18][23] Stack was given a contract extension by the team in 2005,[24] but was demoted to scout in September 2009.[25]

Personal life


Stack is the uncle of Frank Kaminsky who formerly played for the NBA's Phoenix Suns.[26] Stack's sister Karen Stack Umlauf, who also played college basketball at Northwestern, began working for the Chicago Bulls in 1985 as an assistant for Jerry Krause[11] and later the Senior Director of Basketball Administration for the team. She served as an assistant coach for the Bulls.[27]

In September 2004, Stack was convicted of misdemeanor battery for his involvement in altercation with another man at a youth baseball game in Schaumburg, Illinois on July 4, 2004. Stack was sentenced to one-year court supervision and ordered to visit terminally ill children at a local hospital in December 2004 when the Timberwolves were scheduled to play the Bulls in Chicago.[12][28]


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  2. ^ "1977 Class AA Boys Summary". Illinois High School Association. Retrieved November 1, 2016.
  3. ^ Condon, David (March 20, 1977). "Downstate teams ruin Catholic League hopes". Sports. Chicago Tribune. p. 2. Retrieved November 6, 2016.
  4. ^ Shnay, Jerry (March 20, 1977). "De La Salle tramples St. Laurence for third place". Sports. Chicago Tribune. p. 2. Retrieved November 6, 2016.
  5. ^ "Lockport beats Sandburg". Sports/Business. Chicago Tribune. March 11, 1978. p. 2. Retrieved November 6, 2016.
  6. ^ Shnay, Jerry (December 30, 1978). "Magic moments that filled the years: Game of the 70s". Sports. Chicago Tribune. p. 4. Retrieved November 6, 2016.
  7. ^ "1977-1978 Boys All State Team". Illinois Basketball Coaches Association. Retrieved November 1, 2016.
  8. ^ a b c Anderson, Karen (February 2, 1990). "His Success In Bulls Job Doesn't Spoil Nu's Stack". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved November 1, 2016.
  9. ^ Jauss, Bill (March 22, 1983). "De Paul's shot is no miracle for NU". Sports. Chicago Tribune. p. 3. Retrieved November 6, 2016.
  10. ^ "1983 NBA Draft". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference. Retrieved October 31, 2016.
  11. ^ a b Kleine, Ted (May 19, 1996). "Behind The Scenes: Karen Stack Keeps The Bulls' Practice Facility Running While Keeping An Eye On The Future Of Women's Basketball". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved November 1, 2016. Her brother Jim came within one cut of making the Houston Rockets in 1983 and is now a scout with the Bulls.
  12. ^ a b Kass, John (September 12, 2004). "NBA executive sets bad example with his fist". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved October 31, 2016.
  13. ^ "Timberwolves Re-sign GM Jim Stack". National Basketball Association. July 1, 2005. Retrieved October 31, 2016.
  14. ^ Hersh, Phil (December 23, 1984). "Still the optimist: Falk says NU not cellar team". Retrieved November 1, 2016. Stack was reached in Aarschot, Belgium (...). The No. 2 scorer in Northwestern history is playing forward for Top Tours, a team in the First Division of the Belgian league.
  15. ^ Hersh, Phil (April 1, 1986). "Nba Rejects Get Another Chance In Europe". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved November 1, 2016.
  16. ^ Kay, Linda; Conklin, Mark (July 13, 1989). "Behind the scenes". Odds & Ins. Chicago Tribune. Retrieved November 8, 2016.
  17. ^ Banks, Lacy J. (August 23, 2000). "Loss of top aides makes Krause's job even tougher". Chicago Sun Times. Archived from the original on January 27, 2018. Retrieved November 8, 2016.
  18. ^ a b c "Timberwolves Basketball Operations Staff". National Basketball Association. Archived from the original on April 23, 2006. Retrieved October 31, 2016.
  19. ^ Smith, Sam (August 17, 2000). "Krause Top Aide To Join Pacers". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved November 8, 2016.
  20. ^ "Thomas building Pacers' staff with Malone, Stack". Chicago Sun Times. August 20, 2000. Archived from the original on November 18, 2018. Retrieved November 8, 2016.
  21. ^ Modrowski, Roman (June 4, 2003). "As healthier Krause plays the field, Stack remains potential Bulls material". Chicago Sun Times. Archived from the original on November 20, 2018. Retrieved November 8, 2016.
  22. ^ Gelston, Dan (August 28, 2003). "Pacers can Thomas, target Carlisle". USA Today. Associated Press. Retrieved November 8, 2016.
  23. ^ "Wolves shuffle front office, name Stack GM". ESPN. Associated Press. July 10, 2004. Retrieved November 8, 2016.
  24. ^ "Timberwolves Re-sign GM Jim Stack". NBA.com. July 1, 2005. Retrieved November 8, 2016.
  25. ^ "Timberwolves shuffle staff". ESPN. Associated Press. September 26, 2009. Retrieved November 8, 2016.
  26. ^ Haugh, David (April 3, 2014). "It's all in the family for Frank Kaminsky III". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved November 1, 2016. Kaminsky's mother, Mary, played volleyball at Northwestern, and his uncle, Jim Stack, played basketball for the Wildcats in the early 1980s before embarking on an NBA front-office career that included a stint with the Bulls during the dynasty years.
  27. ^ "Chicago Bulls: Basketball Operations". NBA. Retrieved November 8, 2016.
  28. ^ Youngblood, Kent (September 14, 2004). "New Wolves GM apologizes; Earlier incident at youth game brings conviction". The Star Tribune. Archived from the original on November 19, 2018. Retrieved November 8, 2016.