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Blazers GM search looks like confusing, stalled out mess

May 31, 2012, 10:46 AM EDT

Paul Allen AP

The team has gone a year without a general manager, why would you think getting one would be easy for them?

Technically the Trail Blazers have had a GM in Chad Buchanan, and he did a good job even though he had to wear the interim tag like a scarlet letter. You try doing your job while your boss says publicly you don’t get to keep it permanently.

Now with two lottery picks, the Trail Blazers want to bring someone in to the big chair, but there seems to be no front-runner, reports the Oregonian (via IamaGM):

It’s become evident in the past 24 hours there’s considerable division among the lieutenants who advise Blazers owner Paul Allen…

David Morway, the general manager of the Indiana Pacers, is believed by many to be the favored candidate of Blazers president Larry Miller. Meanwhile, if you believe insiders, Allen confidante Bert Kolde is pushing for Los Angeles Clippers general manager Neil Olshey… Also involved is former New Orleans general manager Jeff Bower. And I was told by someone close to the search that Allen had taken a sudden interest in Philadelphia 76ers senior vice president Tony DiLeo.

Allen tweeted yesterday that all is well. Just doing their research. Okay.

When you’re not in the room when the decision is made you can only judge what is going on by the results you see. And what we have seen in Portland now for a while has been an odd, rudderless ownership. Kevin Pritchard and Rich Cho did their jobs well and got canned, Buchanan has done a fantastic job setting the team up to rebuild on the fly following the loss of Brandon Roy and Greg Oden, and he can’t get the full time gig. Now they can’t agree on who to hire.

So much potential being wasted.

  1. boilerup1869 - May 31, 2012 at 11:59 AM

    Paul Allen rocks that Blazers hat like a G. Massive respek.

  2. loungefly74 - May 31, 2012 at 12:30 PM

    you’d think paul allen would get a hat that fits him! it looks hilarious on him.

  3. brianbosworthisstonecold - May 31, 2012 at 1:31 PM

    Paul needs to sell the team. Go play your guitar man.

  4. fanz928 - Jun 1, 2012 at 3:30 AM

    Get this team shaq

  5. martine34 - Jun 16, 2012 at 12:58 PM

    I think lets give it a chance for Paul Allen.
    Every failure, there can be progress that we can expect. Maybe not to soon, but it will.
    As long as Paul try to make it to their goal.

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