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SBD/July 9, 2012/Franchises
Trail Blazers President Larry Miller Resigns, Rejoins Jordan Brand
Published July 9, 2012
BACK TO BASICS: In Portland, John Canzano wrote since Bob Whitsitt left the job of president and GM in '03, the Blazers "have not been about basketball." The Blazers have "been first about marketing, ticket sales and sponsorships," and "ideally, you get those things." Canzano: "But when you allow the business to drive the basketball instead of the other way around, we've learned, you don't have the chance to meet potential." Successful sports franchises "are smart enough to understand that business has its place, and that spot is trailing comfortably in the wake of a winning basketball team that plows deep into the hearts of a community, opening doors and paving opportunities." Olshey is "a basketball-first guy." It is "incumbent upon Allen to find a president who is also a basketball-first person." Canzano: "Let the basketball drive the business again" (Portland OREGONIAN, 7/8).