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Friday, March 02, 2007

Bucks contribute to Blazer GMs demise?

The Blazers GM Steve Patterson has resigned. Reading TrueHoop, it sounds like no one in Portland is that concerned. I think he made many missteps, all of which are nicely chronicled on the aforementioned blog.

When I heard he was fired, I went to Hoopshype to look this Patterson up (I'll explain why in a second). The funny thing about that was they list his worst move as a GM as the Blake, et al for Magliore trade. That old Jamaal. Still getting people fired. Whatever.

The reason I was looking this guy up is kind of weird. My dad played high school basketball at a little boarding school in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin called Wayland Academy. Bizarrely enough, the guy who coached him there was a guy named Patterson who went on to become -- and I'm going by memory -- a pretty successful general manager of, I believe, the Houston Rockets (more on him in a second). Even more strangely, the assistant coach on that same podunk basketball team (according to my dad they were no De Matha by any stretch) was future ABA and NBA coach Tom Nissalke. Two future NBA guys running a little rec-caliber high school team in a tiny little off the map town in Wisconsin. It always struck me as sort of weird. (Coach Nissalke was the less successful of the two, a kind of vagabond coach. He was always succeeded by guys who were much more successful (Del Harris in Houston; Frank Layden in Utah; George Karl in Cleveland). I vaguely remember meeting him outside the visitor's locker room in the nether regions of the old Milwaukee Arena when he coached the Cleveland Cavaliers. As I recall he was a nice guy who sported what would now be refered to as a "porn stache". Apparently he was a teacher at Wayland Academy and now serves as a voice on the Utah Jazz Radio network.)

Okay, back to the Patterson thing. I cannot find this Wayland Academy Patterson's first name anywhere, or his history. I know he is not Steve Patterson (he has to be much older), but, looking at Steve Patterson's bio, I think there is a good chance he is this guy's son (Steve Patterson has a lot of Houston jobs on his resume). Can anyone help me out with what Old Man Patterson's first name was, and whatever became of him, and if he did indeed General Manage the Rockets, or anywhere else for that matter? (I think he and Nissalke may have also had early connections with the Bucks -- can anyone confirm that?).


At March 2, 2007 at 7:19 PM, Blogger Frank said...

Forgive my English. That's not my native language.

I checked some books that I have. Actually, both Patterson were all GM of Houston Rockets. They are:

Ray A.Patterson Pres. & GM 1972-1989
(supposed to be the father?)
Steve Patterson G.M. 1989-1993

Bob Weinhauer took this position from 1994-1997, then he came to Bucks, of course. So they may have some connections, maybe.

At March 2, 2007 at 7:24 PM, Blogger Blogmaster said...

Thank you, Frank. Yeah, I found that out, too. Much obliged, my friend.

At March 22, 2007 at 4:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ray Patterson was "headmaster" of Wayland and was the President of the Bucks for a while and actually lived within sight of my childhood home there (way up on the hill, though, as you might imagine).

At March 29, 2007 at 9:27 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ray Patterson and his son Steve are two of the most respected people in all of professional sports among sports executives. You have to be careful when you criticize sports executives if you do not know all the behind the sceens dealings. Professional sports is a very difficult business and these two are among the elite. By the way Steve was the President of the Trailblazers not GM. The Trailblazers were losing 140M dollars a year when he arrived – They now are losing 20M and have bought back the arena. Where are the mistakes?

At April 9, 2007 at 3:54 AM, Blogger strewthmate said...

... talk about synchronicity, I was just strolling down memory lane and came across this thread. I happened to go to Wayland while Ray was headmaster and I don't recall him ever having a son named Steve... I was, however, a classmate and friend of his son Pat.

... while I'm at it, although football was my real love get it straight... Wayland was no "little" no name high school... more like a powerhouse of talent and kick ass teams.

... ps, Pat if you're reading this send me an email at strewthmate@gmail.com

... so its only been 40 years, I've been in Australia since '71, we need to catch up. (lol)

At April 21, 2008 at 11:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wayland Academy is the bomb. Rick Fleir, the "nature boy" went here, my uncle and him were on wayland's wrestling team and went to state.

I've heard alot of patterson, but I'm too young (class of 06) to answer your questions very well.

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