The Portland Trail Blazers are a franchise not known for consistency in the executive suite. The team has fired two general managers in the past 13 months, and while the churn on the business operations side of the franchise seems to be slower, it would appear to be a dicey existence in the employ of Paul Allen. To bolster that concern, Dwight Jaynes of CSN Northwest reports that the Blazers have parted ways with two executives with more than 20 years apiece in the organization: Scott Zachry, the team's executive producer of broadcasting, and Chris Dill, who runs Portland's IT unit. (Via Blazer's Edge.)
It's unclear whether these are specifically lockout-related firings; if they were, it'd hardly be a surprise. On Thursday, the NBA announced 114 employees in the league's central operations and overseas field offices were laid off, cutting the league's workforce by 11 percent. Earlier this week, the Charlotte Bobcats laid off seven employees, including their radio play-by-play announcer.