Neil Olshey

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Neil Olshey (born January 10, 1965) is the General Manager for the Portland Trail Blazers.[1] Prior to that, he was General Manager and Vice President of Basketball Operations of the Los Angeles Clippers.


A graduate of Le Moyne College, Olshey originally sought to become a professional actor following his graduation from college, and moved to New York City to pursue this career. He appeared in television commercials and print advertisements, and had roles on All My Children, One Life to Live, and Loving before moving to Los Angeles.[2]

Olshey later served as Director of Player Development for SFX Sports Group, Inc., where he created, organized and conducted NBA pre-draft training camps that produced 15 lottery picks, 25 first-round selections and 57 current NBA players.[2] He was also an assistant coach at Artesia High School (Lakewood, California), where he coached future UCLA and NBA player Jason Kapono.

Prior to the start of the 2003-04 NBA season, he joined the Los Angeles Clippers as Director of Player Personnel and became an assistant coach at the beginning of the 2004–05 season. Prior to the start of the 2008–09 season, Olshey was elevated to the position of Assistant General Manager.[3] He was named GM on March 9, 2010 upon the firing of GM and Head Coach Mike Dunleavy[4]

He appeared as himself on the IFC series Portlandia in episode 7 "Trail Blazers" of season 4.


  1. ^ trailblazers (n.d.). "Neil Olshey Named Trail Blazers General Manager". Portland Trail Blazers. Retrieved June 5, 2012. The Portland Trail Blazers have named Neil Olshey as the team’s general manager, Team President Larry Miller announced today. 
  2. ^ a b "Olshey’s Unconventional Journey". Retrieved 2010-03-10. 
  3. ^ "Clippers, general manager Dunleavy part ways". Retrieved 2010-03-10. 
  4. ^ Dillman, Lisa (2010-03-10). "Clippers' Neil Olshey worked his way up from bit parts to leading role". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-03-10. 
Preceded by
Chad Buchanan (interim)
Portland Trail Blazers general manager
Succeeded by