If the structure that is home to the Portland Trail Blazers front office lacks a revolving door, it truly should be installed as the team has played a constant game of musical-chairs with their personnel over the last few years. The latest shakeup to the club will be the departure of Team President Larry Miller, as the “Oregonian” reported on Saturday that he will leave the franchise after five years and return to his former employer Nike. Although he still had two-years remaining on his deal, Miller told the paper that he believes the moment is right for him to move on. He said “It felt like it is the right time, and the right thing for me.”
Miller presided over a tumultuous period for the team as they dismissed former General Manager Kevin Pritchard, after the 2009-2010 campaign and then fired his replacement Rich Choi less than a year later. This past season the team purged many of its veterans from their roster via trades and fired head coach Nate McMillan during the campaign. The former President was thrust into the spotlight as the voice and face of the franchise, a role he did always seem comfortable in performing.
The resignation comes just weeks after the hiring of new General Manager Neil Olshey, who has been a forceful presence since assuming the position. The speculation will soon begin on whether Miller believed that he had fulfilled his duties by leaving the squad in the capable hands of Olshey, or if a power-play led to his demise. Blazers Team Owner Paul Allen, has developed the reputation over the last few years as a man who can be quite difficult to work for and the turnover in the last few years is a testament to that. However, no matter what led to the change, the baton has once again been passed in Portland.