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jayC
05-07-2003, 03:15 PM
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Trail Blazers general manager Bob Whitsitt resigned Wednesday, days after the team ended a season marked by legal troubles, suspensions and infighting, sources said.

The team will announce the move later Wednesday, two team sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, told The Associated Press.

Whitsitt, who held the position for eight years, will retain his job as president of the Seattle Seahawks. The Trail Blazers and the Seahawks are owned by Microsoft pioneer Paul Allen.

The Trail Blazers went 376-248 during Whitsitt's tenure.

Portland has had 14 straight winnings seasons and has made 21 straight trips to the playoffs.

The 46-year-old Whitsitt has faced increasing criticism for the team's on-court performance and off-court problems.

The past season has been especially turbulent. Forward Rasheed Wallace, guard Damon Stoudamire and rookie Qyntel Woods were cited for marijuana possession.

Ruben Patterson was arrested for domestic abuse, charges his wife later asked not be pursued.

Wallace was suspended by the NBA for seven games for threatening a referee on the loading dock after a game in January, and Patterson scuffled with forward Zach Randolph during a practice.

Randolph was suspended for two games by the team for punching Patterson and breaking his eye socket.

The Blazers, who have the highest payroll in the league at $105 million, were knocked out of the playoffs in the first round for the third straight year, losing in seven games to the Dallas Mavericks.

Portland was swept in the first round by the Los Angeles Lakers the previous two seasons.

mavsfanforever
05-07-2003, 04:00 PM
Did not see that coming. I thought he should have been fired.

Drbio
05-07-2003, 04:05 PM
Excellent force out by the Blazers. The first of many steps to come.