Jaynes: The Unknown "Hat Guy"

A very nice little bit of reporting from Dwight Jaynes, who, it bears mentioning, stresses that you shouldn’t jump to any conclusions:

A lot of speculation has been made about who it is in Seattle prompting Allen’s Trail Blazer moves. “Vulcans” is the name they’re usually given — mysterious, faceless people named for Allen’s umbrella company. Usually, they have been perceived as buttoned-down, corporate types completely out of their element. But it never made a whole lot of sense that Allen, who does know basketball, would be listening to people like that. But a guy like “Hat Guy,” well …

When I tried to probe Gordon for more information about his role with the Trail Blazers he became anxious to end the call. Look, I’m not saying the guy is running the team or anything. Don’t overstate this. But at the same time, with all the scrutiny the front office gets in this town, it’s amazing there’s someone else involved, heretofore unknown, who is doing this stuff behind the scenes, free of criticism.

Read the entire post to get the full flavor. It’s very interesting. All I’ll add is that, in asking around at the NBA Finals in Boston the past week, most of the writers I spoke to referred to direct influences on Allen causing much of the internal strife in the organization, as opposed to a reaction to specific incidents involving Tom Penn or Kevin Pritchard, or the meddling of agents (still a factor). I can’t speak to just how plugged in to the situation each of those writers is, but it’s worth noting that the fingers seem to be pointing to the top.

Maybe this is just an interesting personnel tidbit, who knows. There’s still too much we don’t know. For now, with “Hat Guy”, the rabbit hole deepens.

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