Tom Penn (every Hoopus reader's favorite GM / POBO candidate) got fired yesterday. . . From TrueHoop (via the Oregonian):
John Canzano of The Oregonian: "The Trail Blazers fired vice president Tom Penn in what goes down as a curious move. Lots of speculation about the reasons, and timing, and Penn told me that he's 'surprised and disappointed' by the firing. Also, he said, 'I suppose people are going to fill the void with whatever story is out there.' He's right about that. Lots of rumor and speculation floating around. And my phone is blowing up with league sources who are all shocked by the development, who are offering all sorts of ideas. Also, they're saying Penn will land on his feet. Blazers company line: 'Philosophical differences.' Remember that for when you next need to say something and nothing at the same time. ... Western conference executive tells me Vulcan headquarters was livid in late summer after they realized Penn played them in getting a raise and promotion out of the phantom Minnesota offer and, 'there's real resentment at Vulcan headquarters at that whole deal.' This source isn't buying the idea that something new happened on Tuesday that caused Penn's firing, rather, that the Vulcans decided long ago they were going to blow up Penn the first time they had cause. What was that cause? 'I'm not guessing on this, there's no speculation here, the resentment over the Minnesota thing is real,' source said. 'The Vulcans can be vindictive %$'s" Keep an eye on the movements of Penn agent Warren Legarie (ex-Blazers GM John Nash's agent and KP's agent as well) who was at the center of that situation, and also, has been involved with the Clippers extensively."
So maybe there really was no offer to Penn? Am I supposed to be happy about this? This was all a game by Penn and his agent to get a better deal from the Blazers? Did Papa Glen know this and never would have hired him? Or did we get played too? Would we rather have Penn today?
A bizzare story and one that I'm happy to speculate about rather than wonder how we could give up 152.