John Canzano of the Oregonian has a blunt warning for Shaka Smart. Check this out:
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"Patterson likes to take credit for the Trail Blazers "rebuild," but anyone who was there knows better. During a four-year period beginning in 2003, Patterson fostered an unhealthy culture inside the organization, he fired more than 100 employees, he threw what was then the Rose Garden Arena into bankruptcy, cracked down on anyone who crossed him, and plotted from his president's office to also become the team's general manager. The pettiness knew no bounds."
That's just brutal.
Smart followed his own counsel, as he should, and took the job, citing "unbelievable potential." No one doubts that. Between the rich recruiting territory and the deep pockets of Texas, it could be an empire.
On the other hand, while he's certainly won a lot, his Havoc defense is limited. If you can get into a half-court game, VCU has had trouble. And with Texas, while he'll have better athletes, he'll have bigger guys who may or may not fit in well with that system. Who knows?
Given Canzano's rather harsh take on Patterson, the interesting thing will be if Smart's team stumbles - and if Patterson turns on him. We'll see who has the better measure of Patterson.