It came in the middle of the night.
At approximately 11:15 PM last night, the Trail Blazers organization made public the sad new that John Nash was being relived of his duties as general manager. Steve Patterson has been appointed interim GM, effective immeadiately. Sadly, it is evident that this classless move was a long time in coming. You don't fire your classy GM of three years in the middle of the night. The writing was on the wall when all parties ketp postponing negotiations on a new contract, and when it became apparent that the Vulcans were going to choose Nash as their "fallback guy". The team's management by commitee has been grossly ineffective, and Portland has gained the reputation of being extremely difficult to do buisness with because of how long it takes for the management team to come to a collective decision on anything. It has been clear for some time that Nash had very little power, as he was constantly being overruled by Paul and Steve on things like the Vince Carter trade.
John was a class act, a man who took the time and made the effort to unteract and connect with the average fan. He always e-mailed you back with a personal and thoughtful response that led one to believe that, in some small way, their opinion mattered. Judging from the way the higher-ups flushed him down the toilet, they could obviously stand to learn something from Nash's example.
All this being said, this team needs a new full-time GM as soon as possible. There is way too much going on at this time of the year, and I fear that the team may miss out on some very big oppurtunities if a new GM is not installed in the next two weeks.
The bottom line is that the franchise made another one of the classless, ill-advised, self-damaging, poorly-planned moves that it has come to define itself by last night. Whittsett was hated by all, and he got to stay for one lass draft. Shouldn't Nash, Whittsett's antithesis, get the same oppurtunity?