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Blazers Add Ex-Nike Exec To Front Office

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The Portland Trail Blazers introduced former Nike executive Larry Miller as their team president yesterday.

Miller spent the last 10 years at Nike, most recently as vice president and general manager for basketball.

Portland finished 32-50 last season, 11 more wins than in the previous season. The Trail Blazers have the first pick in the June 28 draft, when Greg Oden or Kevin Durant is expected to be the top pick.

Oden, a 7-foot center from Ohio State, worked out for the Blazers in Portland yesterday. Durant, a forward out of Texas, is scheduled to visit the Blazers on Friday. . . .

Stephen Jackson pleaded guilty to a felony count of criminal recklessne­ss for firing a gun outside a strip club last fall and was ordered to pay a $5,000 fine and perform 100 hours of community service.

Misdemeano­r counts of battery and disorderly conduct were dismissed as part of the agreement with prosecutor­s, and a judge added a year of probation to the Golden State Warrior player’s sentence. If Jackson violates the conditions of his probation, he could be sentenced to nearly a year in prison.

Jackson was traded from the Pacers to Golden State in January.

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