Blazers GM Neil Olshey Introductory Press Conference Digest

Some quick notes and quotes from the Portland Trail Blazers' introductory press conference for GM Neil Olshey. The press conference was held at the Rose Garden on Tuesday afternoon.

Blazers president Larry Miller on Neil Olshey hiring...

"We spent a lot of time making sure we found the right person. I'm excited we've been able to do that with Neil Olshey. Neil comes to us with the Los Angeles Clippers where he's had the opportunity to build an incredible team down there.... Probably no one is more excited than I am. I've been tired of going through this process and getting hit with questions."

Blazers GM Neil Olshey on rebuild/re-tool question...

"I think rebuild is the wrong word. I think re-tool. I think the organization is in a great position... I think we can accelerate our curve back to where we want to go. We're not looking for quick fixes. We're not looking for aging veterans that can slide us into the eighth spot."

Blazers GM Neil Olshey on status of former Acting GM Chad Buchanan...

"If Chad [Buchanan] wants to be part of the future of the franchise, that's something I'm open to... He's someone I think highly of."

Blazers GM Neil Olshey on interim coach Kaleb Canales...

"He's the in-house favorite... At the end of the day, I don't see anyone bringing more to the table than Kaleb Canales but we're going to undergo a process to figure that out."

"I don't think there's any deadline for when we need to have someone in place [as head coach]."

Blazers GM Neil Olshey said that he doesn't like to call players untouchable but he considers All-Star forward LaMarcus Aldridge a roster centerpiece and said he viewed Aldridge and restricted free agent forward Nicolas Batum as similar to Clippers All-Stars Blake Griffin and Chris Paul as franchise "building blocks."

Blazers GM Neil Olshey said that Portland is considered "one of the most respected" in the NBA.

Blazers GM Neil Olshey said his goal was to turn the Blazers into a franchise that could sustainably compete for the Western Conference title for years to come.

Blazers GM Neil Olshey said next steps were for him to meet up with basketball operations staff that is scouting in Chicago to discuss Draft plans and review their work. He also plans to reach out to Portland players and agents as well as the NBA's other 29 GMs to begin work on "deal flow" in advance of the Draft.

Blazers GM Neil Olshey: Clippers traveled with a deep tissue therapist, a yoga instructor and a physical therapist. He Will explore adding for Blazers. He said he knew Blazers trainer Jay Jensen and strength coach Bobby Medina and praised both.

This post will update.

-- Ben Golliver | benjamin.golliver@gmail.com | Twitter


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