Wednesday , May , 31 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Nash out as GM of Blazers

Portland, OR (Sports Network) – The Portland Trail Blazers, coming off one of
the worst seasons in franchise history, announced Tuesday night that general
manager John Nash will not have his contract extended for next season.

President Steve Patterson will serve as interim general manager and the
organization will initiate a search for a new GM.

“All of us at the Trail Blazers appreciate John’s effort and hard work under
difficult circumstances and thank him for the enormous class he displayed
throughout his time here,” Patterson said.

Nash recently finished his third season with the club, which struggled to a
21-61 record. Prior to his arrival in Portland, Nash worked as a TV color
commentator for two seasons. Before that stint, Nash had been a GM in the
NBA for 15 years, which included stops in Philadelphia, Washington and New
Jersey. Nash was part of the Sixers organization when the club won the NBA
title in 1983.

“I want to extend my deepest gratitude to the Trail Blazers organization for
the opportunity afforded to me to be a part of this team and this community
over the last three seasons,” Nash said. “Although we shared some successes as
an organization, I wish we could have made more rapid progress on the court.”

Portland’s record last season was its worst since 1973, when the Blazers had
the same mark.