While Blazer denizens (including yours truly) debate John Canzano's recent column which basically says PA should poop or get off of the pot, I am pondering the tried and true belief around these parts that the reason PA "micro-manages" (does that actually mean does very little management?) the Blazers into the ground while the Seahawks (record aside) seem to be run more like a professional sports franchise (you know, with a GM and an actual coach) is because he actually thinks he is a basketball expert. Has he ever said that?
Perhaps people mistake PA's decision making regarding the Blazers as proof that he thinks he knows it all. If he actually has thought of himself as a one man FO all along, then why would he have hired some pretty darned good coaches and GM's over the 25 years or so he's owned the team? Did he suddenly wake up one day (about the time he started firing GMs and decide that he could do a better job than they could.? Is that why he hasn't hired another GM and took several years too long to fire Nate (should have done that when the Nate got out coached in the first playoff series he coached the Blazers IMO).
Could the real explanation be that PA just started getting fed up with the Blazers sometime after the early 2000's close but no cigar run they had and this finally manifested itself with his successive firings of several GMs and his decision to not hire an experienced guy to replace them? Could it be that he just stopped caring somewhere along the line?
This is what PA's Seahawks management structure looks like: http://www.seahawks.com/team/staff.html Same goofballs at the top, but lo and behold, there's actually a name next to the GM slot.
The way I look at it, IF PA is the self fashioned basketball expert that many claim he is, then the Blazers are doomed as long as he owns the team. He either won't fill critical vacancies or he'll fill them with the likes of Larry Miller. Personally, I'd prefer to believe that PA is burned out on the Blazers and should, as Canzano intimates, either go all in or go all out.