Originally posted on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 7/16/13
PDX Mad Man Neil Olshey came to the Portland Trail Blazers after quite some time with the Los Angeles Clippers, watching that team go from the lowest of lows to the highest of highs. Similar to his tenure with the Clippers, Olshey was greeted in Portland by a complete mess. The Blazers had been inefficient in recent years, fans were beginning to mock the team, and they weren’t being respected by their NBA counterparts. Olshey seemingly changed all of that in just over a year. Now there aren’t many GM’s in the league who could have completely revamped an organization in just one year, but Portland seems to have gotten lucky with Olshey. Coming to the Blazers right before the 2012 NBA Draft, he executed an amazing draft strategy that saw Portland snag Damian Lillard and Meyers Leonard. While Leonard still has to develop into a more intimidating big man, all Lillard did this year was be unanimously named the Rookie of the Year. He joined Blake Griffin, David Robinson, and Ralph Sampson...
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