The man behind Clippers' rise

Neil Olshey didn't follow a traditional path to the top, but made smart career moves

Originally Published: May 11, 2012
By Kevin Arnovitz | ESPN.com

July 2, 2010 was a bright Friday in Cleveland. Early that afternoon, Los Angeles Clippers vice president of operations Neil Olshey and team president Andy Roeser arrived at the headquarters of LRMR, the marketing firm owned by LeBron James and Maverick Carter.

The Clippers, set to pitch themselves as the best match for James' talents, were being ridiculed like an eccentric presidential candidate on a quixotic campaign. They didn't seriously think an athlete as brand-conscious as James ...

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