Neil Olshey (born January 10, 1965) is an American executive and the General Manager for the Portland Trail Blazers. Prior to that, he was General Manager and Vice President of Basketball Operations of the Los Angeles Clippers. He rebuilt and was coaching the Clippers before the birth of his children Connor and James. He is now bringing together a Blazers team with an "emerging", young roster in the 2015-2016 season.
Early life and education
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.
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. He was also an assistant coach at Artesia High School in 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. He was named GM on March 9, 2010 upon the firing of GM and Head Coach Mike Dunleavy.
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The Portland Trail Blazers have named Neil Olshey as the team’s general manager, Team President Larry Miller announced today.
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Another Clipper from left field, Olshey, 47, grew up in Flushing, Queens, and attended Xavier High School, 19 blocks from Madison Square Garden.
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- Christine N. Ziemba (April 10, 2014). "Portlandia Review: “Trail Blazers”". Paste. Retrieved April 23, 2015.
Expectations were raised even further with the casting of the Portland Trail Blazers’ basketball team and general manager Neil Olshey to guest star opposite the dynamic duo.
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