Welcome to Portland, Mr. Neil Olshey. Now here’s your to-do list.
At long last, the Portland Trail Blazers have hired a general manager. Portland pried Olshey away from the Los Angeles Clippers. With the Clips, Olshey was largely responsible for restructuring the franchise from cellar dweller into playoff player.
Now he comes to the Blazers with opportunities galore: two lottery picks, salary cap space and a handpicked head coach.
He has already won over the Portland media with his introductory press conference. His job now is to win over the fanbase by creating a team that wins games.
While Olshey won’t be able to get the Blazers back into the upper echelon with five simple steps, these tasks will get the franchise on the right track.