The Portland Trail Blazers announced Saturday that team president Larry Miller, who held that position for five years, has stepped down. Jason Quick of The Oregonian reported that Miller would be taking his old job as president of Jordan Brand at Nike, where he was from 1999-2006.
The move comes in a time of flux for the Trail Blazers, who just hired general manager Neil Olshey away from the Clippers, despite, according to the brilliant Ben Golliver at Blazers Edge, Miller disagreeing with the decision. Golliver provided insight into just what kind of president Miller has been and the possible rationale for his leaving.
Blazers owner Paul Allen and advisor Bert Kolde pushed for Olshey. "I lost that one," Miller told a confidante in recent weeks.— Ben Golliver (@blazersedge) July 7, 2012
"I'm not sure what [Miller] hangs his hat on as he leaves," league source says. "They're worse on the court and Brandon cost a ****load."— Ben Golliver (@blazersedge) July 7, 2012
Larry Miller tried, but he wasn't cut out for public face of team president role. So many blunders. He will be a lot happier at Jordan.— Ben Golliver (@blazersedge) July 7, 2012
Will never forget Larry Miller trying to crack jokes on 2010 Draft night after Kevin Pritchard was fired w/ shocked staff near tears. Brutal— Ben Golliver (@blazersedge) July 7, 2012
Here is the Blazers' press release announcing Miller's departure. Nike will welcome him back with open arms, as will basketball sneakerheads who have been disappointed with Jordan Brand since Miller left.
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