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Blazers to let GM Pritchard run the draft, then fire him

Jun 24, 2010, 7:57 PM EDT

Thumbnail image for blazers_logo.pngKevin Pritchard is an NBA Draft wiz — Brandon Roy and LaMarcus Aldridge and Nicolas Batum and everyone that makes up the young and up-and-coming Blazers. (And he gets a pass on Oden, everybody thought he was a sure thing.)

So on the day of the draft, the Portand Trailblazers have fired Pritchard, according to Jason Quick of the Oregonian.

But they are going to let him run the draft for them. So if you see him trade some top picks for the rights to Adam Morrison, you know he’s a little bitter.

This is not a surprise, rumors have swirled for a while that this was coming, ever since his assistant Tom Penn was canned right after the season. This doesn’t make it smart. This was a GM who understood how to build a team, how to do it smartly and within a budget. So he’s got a big ego? If you want to get a good guy, you get some ego with it.

And note to Paul Allen, after you just canned a guy who built a top team, good luck finding someone who wants to take this job on.

  1. Really - Jun 25, 2010 at 12:28 AM

    He gets a pass on Odom, you gotta be kidding. After Sam Bowie you would have thought they had learned their lesson. That choice sealed their fate, a good team but not championship material.

  2. Richard - Jun 25, 2010 at 10:40 AM

    Please – everyone in the NBA would have taken Oden. Don’t be a tool. Oden, when he’s healthy, is the best player from that draft. Firing one of the best and brightest GMs in the NBA was an idiotic move by Paul Allen.

  3. Really - Jun 25, 2010 at 11:54 AM

    Most everyone thinks the key to winning in the NBA is to have the most dominant big man. If that big man was available then draft him. However, those great big men don’t come along very often. Gms and NBA draft analysts end up grading centers far to high because of wishful thinking. Shawn Bradley, Joe Smith, Michael Olowakandi, Kwame Brown, Darko Milicik, Andrew Bogut, Andrea Bargnani, Greg Oden, are just a few of the whopper sized mistakes that have been made in the draft; not even mentioning Sam Bowie. In the 2007 draft the sentiment was running about 50-50 on Odom versus Durant. Pritchard blew it. You don’t pass up a chance to get Durrant for wishful thinking.

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