As we move forth with acting GM Chad Buchanan, I wonder how this will all pan out? Personally I think he has done a swell job in light of the fact he has a 'billion' pressures on his shoulders. Following in the footsteps of our two previous GMs is not something Chad wants to do. The firings of KP and RC left us all wondering who was really manning the helm of our beloved ship. Was Chad a puppet or does he actually do something? So far on his watch weve signed Jamal Crawford, Kurt Thomas and Craig Smith, amnestied Brandon and restructured Gregs 1 year deal for less money. Not bad considering he works for one of the most mysterious and rich men on earth, who has pretty much implicitly stated " Was he ready to name another GM? No. Was Acting GM Chad Buchanan, who helped Portland add Jamal Crawford, Kurt Thomas and Craig Smith during the rushed free agency period, a candidate to get the position full-time? No, but he’s done a good job. " quoting Ben Gollivers story: Blazers Owner Paul Allen Opens His Dungeon on CBSSports.com.
After reading Bens great story on Allen, It got me thinking. If Chad isnt going to be bumped into the GM position who is? I think everyone would agree with me that we need a GM. And obviously after the last GM debacles, we need to get it right this time. Chos firings looked very unprofessional and not because of anything Cho did, but because of the way our front office handled the situation. If anything, it made us look more disjointed and mean hearted enough that now it will probably be even harder to land a really good GM. Im not saying we have no chance but im saying it is definitely a mark against us when a GM considers working here. No one wants "job insecurity".
Anyways, maybe as we usher in a new Blazers era, we can start with a semi clean slate. Maybe our FO will make some serious resolutions at New Years to get it together and get us a GM. Maybe, with a new future on the horizon a GM with a really deep resume will come work for us. Someone who has what we need--connections in every other teams FO so that they have an inside on trades and deals and such. So they can communicate with the rest of the leagues GMs and FOs.
Who is that person? I dont know. But thats what I have you all for. So, if you could have any GM within the realm of possibility, who would it be? [ Sorry Abu Fatimah-I respect your boldness, but you cant pick yourself! : ) ] If anyone has, can find or put together a list of possible GMs that are not currently empoyed by a team, please post it in the comments. I want to get as many possible GMs names on here because it will give us a good idea of who is out there, who should be a top candidate and who we all would like to have. Please at the least post the name of who you would like and why you would like them or think they are qualified.
Personally, I dont know enough about GMing, whose out there, who theyve worked for, why they were let go, their age, relationships with players, relationships with other FOs etc. to make a hypothesis myself. So please educate me and anyone else who needs this knowledge.
I think this should be one of the more important topics right now for discussion. Thank you again for reading my post. Happy Holidays and Merry Chrismahanakwanzika!
Peace to all,