Idaho Stampede Managing Investor Bill Ilett joined KTIK Radio 93.1 FM in Boise to discuss a recent Idaho Statesman article in which he expressed some frustration with his D-League team’s play and his relationship with the Portland Trail Blazers, who serve as a parent club under a “hybrid” relationship. That deal, new for this season, allows the Blazers to run basketball operations while the Stampede’s ownership group runs business operations.
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What’s different this year? Bill Ilett: It is the worst record that we’ve had in the 15-year franchise history. That’s concerning. The other thing is that we’re hoping bringing this to everyone’s attention, that we hope to get this going the right way. Let’s get some wins on the court and get things finishing out strong on this. The little difference with the Trail Blazers, and they’re a great organization, is they probably have more patience than I do or our fans do. They measure things in months and years and we measure things in days and weeks. There’s two cultures there that need to come together. We need to figure out what they want. They came into this because they want to develop players. We know that and we appreciate that. We’ve got to always keep that in mind. At the same token, there’s got to be respect for our franchise and our long history. We’ve had eight playoff appearances, played in two championship games, won a championship. They’ve got to appreciate where we’re at. Whenever you take on a business partner, the partners need to sit down after going through some rough times and see how we can help each other.
You want to have meetings with the Blazers Bill Ilett: I think now that the problem has been identified and come full circle, we have tentatively a telephone call coming later this week. We have to just understand each other’s problems. We’ve got to develop their players but we’ve got to make sure we don’t mess up the chemistry of this team. This is probably one of the most talented teams we’ve had in years. Credit to the Trail Blazers for putting this group together. They are great athletes. You can do Xs and Os and run stats all you want, but if you don’t keep the chemistry in your team, you’ve got problems.