HoopsHype Neil Olshey rumors

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With big-picture vision, moxie, an eye for talent and a unique ability to appease a billionaire owner, players and coaches with equal savvy, Olshey has steered the franchise into as stable a position as it has been in recent memory. “I think Neil and the scouts have done a great job improving the talent,” Allen said, before adding, “I think we’ve turned the page and we’re in a new era here …” Oregonian

Olshey is quick to credit his staff for the Blazers’ roster rebuild. He’s eager to praise Stotts and his coaching staff. But make no mistake, this is Olshey’s team now. His imprint, his vision — his voice — is everywhere. “I think every general manager has their own personality, they have their own way of going about business,” Stotts said. “But I think what Neil has shown here is that he is definitely the leader of the basketball division. And things are done the way they are done because of him. He has a high basketball acumen for evaluating basketball talent, I think he understands how to put a team together, he understands the league. He’s knowledgeable, he knows his stuff and he has us heading in the right direction.” Oregonian

Away from the basketball sanctuaries of the Moda Center and the Blazers’ practice facility, Olshey has had a challenging transition from Los Angeles. His wife, Leslie Radakovich, put a successful career as a television producer on hold when they relocated the family, and Olshey’s two young sons, Connor and James, encountered a culture shock when they left the only home they’d ever known. They grew up near the picture-perfect sand in Manhattan Beach, dipping their toes in the Pacific Ocean whenever they wanted. In the snap of a finger, those sunny beaches were replaced with rain and mountains, and their customary school clothes — Crocs, board shorts and T-shirts — became pants, sweaters and raincoats. Olshey often laments the loss of his beloved sun and cracks jokes about being Vitamin D deficient. Oregonian

September 30, 2013 Updates

An impassioned Portland Trail Blazers GM Neil Olshey addressed ongoing rumors surrounding All-Star forward LaMarcus Aldridge during Media Day on Monday. Rumors around LaMarcus Aldridge "Oh dear God, would you guys get over it? How many --- asked and answered. Thank you [to Chris Haynes], by the way. What else, guys? Show me a media report where LaMarcus Aldridge has said anything other than, 'I hope the team improves, I'm excited about what we did, I want to get better and I want to win.' Then we can have a conversation. Until then, let's move on. OK? Is that possible. "It's not breaking news, dude. We covered it in July. Guys, let's talk about something, someone has got to have a better question than that." Blazers Edge

Fans still wonder about it "Why? Why do they? What have they read that has indicated anything other -- here's Ben Golliver from Blazersedge, who basically copies and pastes every article that's written about everybody about the Trail Blazers. Which he does and it's great. "And the entire string that Ben showed, right, the entire string around LaMarcus, other than one, said, 'I want to get better. I want to win. I want to be on a playoff team. I don't want to go through a rebuild.' Right? 'I like what we did this offseason. I haven't given Neil a chance yet. I like what we did. I like the additions. I'm excited about coming back. I never asked for a trade.' Every one of them. So I don't know where you're getting this from? Where? Where are you getting this from? Guys, move on." Blazers Edge

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Portland General Manager Neil Olshey, as those of us in the Moda City know, acquired a defensive presence as starting center — Robin Lopez — along with veterans Mo Williams, Dorell Wright, Thomas Robinson and Earl Watson to fortify what a year ago was in the conversation for the worst bench in recent NBA history. “I love what Neil has done, adding the firepower off the bench,” Kerr says. “That’s pretty significant improvement. The Blazers have a chance to be a lot better.” Kerr is a little more uncertain about Houston, which made the biggest splash of the offseason by landing Dwight Howard along with role players Ronnie Brewer, Reggie Williams and Marcus Camby. “I’m really anxious to see how that works out,” Kerr says. “It’s going to be interesting to see if the pieces fit.” Portland Tribune

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Following the press conference, Olshey offered this answer to Craig Birnbach of KATU when asked where this summer's LaMarcus Aldridge trade rumors come from. Where do LaMarcus Aldridge trade rumors come from? "I think it comes from all you [media] -- everybody fighting to be first with inaccurate information. I can tell you, LaMarcus Aldridge, you guys have known him longer than I have. And if he had asked to be traded, he would have told people that he asked to be traded. He never asked to be traded. Blazers Edge

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