Following an internal survey of franchise employees, the Portland Trail Blazers have decided to fire their general manager Neil Olshey.
On the floor, the Portland Trail Blazers have had a mixed start to the season, with eleven wins for twelve losses on the clock, and eighth place in the Western Conference. But behind the scenes, it shivers! On Friday, the Oregon franchise announced the dismissal of its basketball operations manager, Neil Olshey, for a violation of the code of conduct, after an internal investigation that lasted a month. “The Portland Trail Blazers are committed to building an organization that positively impacts our colleagues, communities and the world in which we live and play. Following the conclusion of the independent review of concerns and complaints about our work environment at the training facility, the Portland Trail Blazers organization has decided to fire General Manager and President of Basketball Operations Neil Olshey , due to violations of the Portland Trail Blazers Code of Conduct. Out of respect for those who frankly participated in this privileged survey, we will not publish or discuss it. We are convinced that these changes will help create a more positive and respectful work environment. Joe Cronin has been promoted to interim CEO while the organization’s leadership is looking for a permanent replacement. “
Olshey arrived at the same time as Lillard
Aged 56, Neil Olshey arrived with the Blazers from the Los Angeles Clippers in June 2012, at the same time as Damian Lillard’s draft (in sixth position, behind Anthony Davis and Bradley Beal in particular). Olshey had a great time with the Oregon franchise which, apart from his first season, has always been in the play-offs, culminating in a 2019 Conference final lost 4-0 against Golden State and two semi-finals. But the Blazers adventure is over for him.