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Friday, March 30, 2007

Darius Miles appointed GM

New leadership has locals head-bopping

Darius LaVar Miles, the Portland Trail Blazers' talented and enigmatic small forward who appeared as Desmond Rhodes in the motion picture "The Perfect Score", is the new general manager for the Metropolitan Exposition Recreation Commission.

The MERC board selected Miles for the post today. He starts in April at the conclusion of the regular NBA schedule. Miles was unable to play this season after undergoing micro-fracture knee surgery. He has been rehabbing aggressively in the Portland area under the watchful eye of Blazers medical staff and trainers.

Miles appeared as himself in the documentary film "The Youngest Guns" and has made various other film and TV appearances including in National Lampoon's "Van Wilder". Miles brings a background working with the NBA Los Angeles Clippers and Cleveland Cavaliers.

MERC is a subsidiary of Metro and manages public assembly facilities including the Oregon Convention Center, the Portland Center for the Performing Arts and Portland Expo Center. It has an annual budget of $56 million and more than 500 employees.

The Portland Business Journal, Mar. 29

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