Colin Cowerd Leaving ESPN For Fox Sports
Thursday, July 16, 2015
ESPN attempted to retain Cowerd, but ultimately lost out to Fox Sports who have been on a bit of a spending spree since launching their cable networks 2 years ago.
Cowerd was the host of ESPN’s popular radio show, The Herd with Colin Cowherd. He used to also co-host SportsNation will Michelle Beadle. He left SportsNation in 2012.
The former ESPN radio host was born and raised in Bay Center, Washington. He also spent a little bit of time in Portland, Oregon in 1996 where he worked as a sports anchorman for KGW-TV.
Related Slideshow: 10 Things We Learned From Neil Olshey’s Press Conference
Here are 10 things that Rip City learned from Neil Olshey's press conference.
The Trail Blazers Are Officially In Rebuilding Mode
Neil Olshey made it very apparent that this is an “emerging” team, and that many of these guys haven’t reached their full potential yet. He also acknowledged that it may take some time for this team to "gel." As of now the average age of the team is around 24 years old. Only Gerald Henderson and Chris Kaman are over 27.
Damian Lillard Is The Franchise Cornerstone
With LaMarcus Aldridge officially headed to San Antonio Neil Olshey and the rest of the organization turned to Damian Lillard to lead the team into a new era. This became official when Lillard and the Blazers agreed to a 5-year contract extension that will keep him in Rip City through the 2020-2021 season. Olshey reiterated several times that they are now building the roster around the 2012 Rookie Of The Year.
LaMarcus Aldridge’s Decision To Leave Influenced The Blazers To Not Re-Sign Robin Lopez and Wesley Matthews
The Blazers chose not to re-sign Robin Lopez and Wesley Matthews because of Aldridge’s decision to sign with the Spurs. “As happy as I am for Wes and RoLo — and they’re really good players and the organizations that got them are lucky to have them — both of them and their agents were notified very early in the process that they were tied to LaMarcus,” stated Olshey. Rip City will surely miss the hustle that RoLo and Iron Man brought every night.
Neil Olshey Has High Hopes For Al-Farouq Aminu And Ed Davis
When Neil Olshey was asked questions regarding his 2 free-agent acquisitions he immediately lit up when speaking about Al-Farouq Aminu and Ed Davis. Olshey explained that Rip City should be excited to have these 2 guys because last year Aminu was a starter on a playoff team and Davis, at times, was one of the best players on the floor for the Los Angeles Lakers.
LaMarcus Aldridge Wasn’t Always Happy In Rip City
At one point during the press conference Olshey stated, “We didn’t inherit the happiest player in the world 3 years ago” when speaking about LaMarcus Aldridge. It appears as though that some of Aldridge’s displeasure began before Neil Olshey, Damian Lillard or Terry Stotts were even part of the organization. If he was unhappy in Rip City why did he re-sign with the team after his rookie contract expired in 2009?
The Team Has Faith In C.J. McCollum
Although C.J. McCollum is one of the youngest guys on the team Neil Olshey made it known that they will rely heavily on him next season. With Wesley Matthews and Aaron Afflalo officially gone the starting shooting guard spot is up for grabs. Even if he doesn’t start there are still going to be a ton of minutes at that position.
Neil Olshey Is A Great Salesman
With the departure of LaMarcus Aldridge Portland fans assumed that this team was going to be bad next season, and possibly for the foreseeable future. What Neil Olshey reiterated was that the future is still bright for the franchise. He explained that the Blazers are equipped with young talent, cap space and an owner that wants to win.
Damian Lillard And Meyers Leonard Will Be The Leaders Of This Team
Damian Lillard and Meyers Leonard are the 2 longest tenured Blazers currently on the roster. They were also both drafted in 2012. Olshey explained that the newcomers will be looking to them for guidance this upcoming season. Lillard and Leonard will have to take on a larger role with the team than they have in the past.
The Blazers Have No Plans To Tank Next Season
Neil Olshey was very adamant that this team will not be tanking next season. As of now it appears that this team isn’t quite good enough to make the playoffs, but not quite bad enough to be awarded a lottery pick next season. Although the team is rebuilding, Rip City doesn’t have to worry about accumulating more loses than necessary.
Neil Olshey Is Dedicated Not Only To The Blazers, But Also The City Of Portland
Neil Olshey made is very evident that he wants to put a team out on the court that the city can be proud of. One of the main reasons that he chose to appoint Damian Lillard as the new face of the franchsie was because he embodies the same things that Portland does.
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