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Blazers always exceed expectations in this part of the season. He has to do better , but the only way for that to happen is if he keeps shooting the basketball and Yahoo Sources: Portland Trail Blazers launch investigation into GM Neil Olshey with staffers [Haynes] Amid chaotic offseason, Damian Lillard 's meeting with LeBron James as decision loomed sealed recommitment to Trail Blazers .

The Portland Trail Blazers are hiring Clippers assistant Chauncey Billups as their new head coach, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium. This comes after a lot of outrage over Jason Kidd and Chauncey Billups getting jobs despite their past actions off the court. While Jason Kidd's issues are well known for the most part, the accusations against Chauncey Billups don't seem to be widely known amongst NBA fans. If this shitstorm ultimately ends up in the Blazers backing away from Billups, firing Olshey for walking into a PR nightmare, and we hire Hammon or MDA instead, the drama will have been worth it.

Damian Lillard has been a member of the Portland Trail Blazers since 2012. During his 10 seasons in the NBA, Lillard has come to define the Portland franchise.

The Trail Blazers experienced a major upheaval Friday, firing general manager Neil Olshey after a month-long investigation into allegations he created a toxic workplace.

Lillard was asked about the situation during a Reddit AMA session. Lillard took part in the event to represent Gatorade, who was responsible for posting Lillard's responses.

When asked about Olshey, Lillard said the two "always had a really good relationship."

"I have a lot of thoughts, but ya know, in short, I always had a really good relationship with Neil. He drafted me and gave me the opportunity to have the career that I've had. Ya know, it's been a great run, and it's just an all-around unfortunate situation in the business that we work in."

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Damian Lillard has gotten this treatment, of course. The Trail Blazers star expressed frustration with the state of his team after Denver defeated Portland in the first round of the 2021 NBA playoffs despite missing Jamal Murray and Will Barton. His surprisingly direct comments caused fans and analysts alike to wonder if he would consider requesting a trade during the offseason. "Where we are isn't good enough to win a championship if it's not good enough to get out of a first-round series with two of their best three or four players not on the floor," Lillard said. NBA League Pass: Sign up to unlock live

Trail Blazers . Neil Olshey giving Ted Wheeler a run for his money for most hated man in Portland. Trail Blazers . If Dame asks out, Olshey has got to be fired immediately. What a complete disaster. Blazers have a lot of leverage though because of his contract. This sucks. The Blazers have been really fun to watch and competitive and just like that they'd go back to another random lottery team.

Olshey, 56, was accused of bullying, intimidating and going on profanity-laden tirades directed at employees. Over his 10 years with the team, multiple employees filed grievances over Olshey's treatment of team staff.

Trail Blazers fire Neal Olshey after investigation

The Trail Blazers launched an investigation into Olshey shortly after ESPN published an article detailing allegations of racism and misogyny from Phoenix Suns owner Robert Sarver. Nearly a month later, the team fired Olshey. In a statement, the team said it is "committed to building an organization that positively impacts our colleagues." Joe Cronin will take over as the team's general manager while the organization looks for a permanent replacement.

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Lillard knocked down two jumpers from the Nets’ mid-court logo and dunked. It was the full Damian Lillard Experience that we’ve seen countless times. And it came on a day when Yahoo’s Chris Haynes wrote a piece that urged the Trail Blazers to find a better supporting cast alongside Lillard . “But I know, because of our relationship . that people would assume that I was tied to the story. So I think that was the only thing that bothered me about it. "But I lean on the fact that me and Neil ( Olshey ), if we have a conversation, I know I can go into his office and walk in that door and tell him whatever I think.

The Trail Blazers opened training camp Monday and Lillard was asked about his conversations with Neil Olshey , the team’s president of basketball operations. By now, everyone knows Lillard burns to win -- and win in Portland. I need to get better . We all do.” Lillard and Olshey have always communicated. Perhaps now, though, those conversations are more important as Lillard heads into his ninth NBA season. Lillard shed some light Monday on how those conversations have gone lately: “For me it's just, you know, let's give ourselves a real shot,” Lillard said during a Zoom media conference. “

The Trail Blazers do not have a game Friday and will continue their season against the Boston Celtics on Saturday.

Lillard is currently dealing with an abdominal injury and is expected to miss at least a week due to the issue.

Damian Lillard discussed Neal Olshey's firing. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images) © Provided by Yahoo! Sports Damian Lillard discussed Neal Olshey's firing. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images)

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What if Portland looked beyond the short term to improve the health of its superstar?It’s still December, too soon to determine results. But it’s going to be incredibly difficult for the Blazers to elevate through the play-in picture and into the west’s top six with Coach Chauncey Billups still waiting to have his vision executed consistently.

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