Well, as I posted several days ago here
, Portland GM Neil Olshey looks as if his clear path to the top is even more "clear" cut that I had originally anticipated after the firing, uhh, ahhem, er, uh, hrmmm resignation
of Team President Larry the Cable Guy errrr Miller.
It appears as if the tandem of Allen and Kolde are tired of a decade long run of totally ineffective, or even worse at times, Presidents. The labyrinth of check points and hierarchy to get decisions made looks to be over and that should be welcome sign for a franchise that has been consumed by a lack of straight forward communication and leadership, a constant revolving door of Presidents, GMs, coaching searches and franchise players.
The purging of a once proud franchise is all but complete. If this franchise is going to move toward a championship in the Paul Allen era then the current trend of decisive, clear and unabated communication needs to continue. Allen will have to spend and Kolde will have to have some good to great advisory moments if this franchise has a chance to win the way the fan base deserves it to.
There is one facet to this journey that seems to have changed, perhaps a signal that Allen realizes the same thing that we as fans do, organizational communication is paramount to championships. Perhaps this is why Olshey was hired despite objections from Miller and COO Sarah Mensah. Perhaps this is a crow path to Allen in an effort to finally win. Perhaps this is a sign that we will have a parade in the streets of Portland before Allen sells his favorite toy.
We can only hope that this is that case but as I posted in the last post, Olshey will be the key if a parade is to ever happen. His vision, his leadership, his fearless pursuit of top tier talent is what will bring the Trail Blazers
to the promise land. I have known men like him. They are a different breed. They do not fear being ridiculed, they do not fear criticism for having their heads in the clouds, they dare to dream of getting a player no one else feels is possible. Actually the word is not believe, the word is certain. Yes, they are certain they will get their guy, make the big deal, grow massive organizations and change their industry. We call them visionaries. Here is being certain that Olshey will make it happen!