PORTLAND, Ore. — The Portland Trail Blazers on Friday fired president of basketball operations Neil Olshey after nearly 10 seasons as the Blazers' chief decision maker.
Olshey leaves an imbalanced and expensive roster behind him, making the challenge for his replacement quite steep.
So what's next for the Blazers? Are big trades on the horizon? Will they hire someone outside the organization to replace Olshey? Is Damian Lillard the most powerful person in the organization?
This episode unpacks the whole messy situation and looks ahead to whatever might be next.
The Trail Blazers got clowned off their own floor on Saturday night thanks to a 28-point drubbing and garbage time mockery by the Boston Celtics. It was an ugly, listless loss in a week filled with ugly, listless performances.
The Blazers, to be blunt, are a mess. Firing Neil Olshey didn't change anything and the blame falls on everyone, players, coaches, and the front office.
Not a lot of rosy news from Rip City, but it's time to keep it real by talking about embarrassment, blame and the path navigated by Neil Olshey to get into this mess of a situation.
About Locked On Blazers
Mike Richman has covered the Portland Trail Blazers in various capacities since 2014 as a beat writer for The Oregonian, a reporter at NBC Sports Northwest and now in the form of the only daily Trail Blazers podcast, Locked On Blazers. The Pass First Point Guard will get you closer to the team with reports from inside the Moda Center and by unpacking the statistics to know and about your favorite team. You will also find regular guests and can get your questions answered with weekly mailbag shows.
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