The question being: How much impact does the Oden situation have on The Blazers GM search? Personally? I'm speculating quite a bit. Any candidate looking at the long term situation in Portland and the short term reality is immediately faced with all the uncertainty of the Greg Oden situation. Separate from what you'd like to see happen, or what you think the best outcome for The Blazers would be....is the situation itself. If the next GM ends up being the GM who's tenure is almost immediately marked by the decision or ability/inability to sign Greg Oden to a long term contract....is that a good thing? And conversely, if you become Blazer GM and Oden leaves under your tenure, and becomes a dominating center elsewhere? How much are you blamed for an inability to convince him to stay?
Not much here, just a simple question born out of the continued struggles The Blazers seem to be having with their GM search.
Or as fans do we give the next GM a total pass on whatever happens? Realizing that much of the groundwork for where we are today with Oden was not the result of whomever takes the reigns now?
I have to believe it has some impact. Any GM worth his/her salt, knows that it's a situation coming up quickly that could have a major impact on the Blazer future....regardless of how it plays out. I think it's tough enough to find great managerial talent, but probably harder given immediate realities facing The Blazers. You're starting your tenure as next Blazer GM with some pretty significant decisions to be made, and some with extreme limitations as to what you may be able to do....
Am I blowing this out of proportion?
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