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Who wants to work in Portland now?

Posted on: June 24, 2010 7:57 pm
NEW YORK -- Stunning news came down moments before the NBA draft began Thursday night. No, LeBron James didn't try to reinstate his college eligibility and join John Calipari at Kentucky. Something more unbelievable: The Trail Blazers fired GM Kevin Pritchard, telling him an hour before the draft that it would be his last day of work for the team.

Jason Quick of the Oregonian first reported the firing, which is surprising only for its bizarre timing. Pritchard's right-hand man, former assistant GM Tom Penn, was fired in March, and the writing has been on the wall for Pritchard ever since. Pritchard, who along with Penn was responsible for building one of the most competitive and financially successful franchises in the NBA, will presumably make the 22nd and 44th picks in Thursday's draft -- which he spent months preparing for -- and then start looking for work. Penn has found work already, at least temporarily; he was at the Theater at Madison Square Garden Thursday night working as a salary-cap analyst on ESPN's draft telecast.

According to the Oregonian, owner Paul Allen informed Pritchard of his dismissal Thursday night and instructed him to conduct the draft before leaving the organization. The Portland GM opening now joins a few leadership black holes around the league. The Suns didn't renew GM Steve Kerr's contract, and assistant GM David Griffin decided to leave the organization after being informed that there would be a formal search for Kerr's replacement. Denver GM Mark Warkentien's contract expires Aug. 31, and the organization has made no efforts to re-sign him. Danny Ainge's future in Boston also is up in the air with the possibility that coach Doc Rivers could step down.

As for the gaping hole left in the Portland front office by Pritchard's classless dismissal, the question becomes: Who would want to work for a franchise that treats its people the way the Blazers have treated Pritchard and Penn? The lure of the Blazers' roster and rabid fan base will be a huge calling card for any potential candidate, but buyer beware. Apparently, the money isn't great, either. One of the points of contention that led to Pritchard's ouster was his displeasure with his approximately $1 million salary -- not much more than assistant GMs make in other cities and a quarter of coach Nate McMillan's compensation. Pritchard had one year remaining on his contract.

According to a person familiar with the Blazers' internal dynamics, one option would be to appoint team president Larry Miller, head of the team's business operations, to serve as the figurehead replacement for Pritchard and hire a competent No. 2 to handle the day-to-day basketball decisions.


Since: Nov 22, 2006
Posted on: June 26, 2010 11:55 am

Who wants to work in Portland now?

This is the da of Big Business and the attitude of what have you done for me lately.  I understand this all too well....Give these rich pricks who own these companies a year or at least a couple of months in the average mans shoes, they would be more grateful for what they have.  (OPINION) RICH PEOPLE ARE BIG PRICKS....THEY WORRY TOO MUCH ABOUT THE LOWLY DOLLAR...

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: June 25, 2010 11:35 pm

Who wants to work in Portland now?

SkyHawk09...that is why you work at Burger King instead of the NBA Work at Burger King? I don't even EAT at Burger King. Actually, my job is related to basketball, so you're wrong again. There was a little sarcasm in that post, but I guess that flew right over your head. In reality, I'd refuse to make those picks.
how did you come up with Bryant University... just wondering because I am from Rhode Island. Because Bryant University was 1-29 this year.

Since: Nov 7, 2008
Posted on: June 25, 2010 2:46 pm

Who wants to work in Portland now?

Who wants to work in Portland now?I do. Tell me where to send my resume so that I can take the job.

Since: Oct 19, 2007
Posted on: June 25, 2010 1:56 pm

Who wants to work in Portland now?

how did you come up with Bryant University... just wondering because I am from Rhode Island.

Since: Mar 10, 2009
Posted on: June 25, 2010 12:32 pm

Who wants to work in Portland now?

you're the moron. oden will never be able to tie durant's sneakers. massive upside? try massive's not just the injuries, it's his desire, his heart.

Since: Feb 20, 2007
Posted on: June 25, 2010 11:31 am

Who wants to work in Portland now?

If I was in charge, I'd make the dumbest selections possible. I'd make my first selection someone like Adam Parzych of Bryant University, a name I just plucked off their roster. I mean, what do I care, as it's no longer my team?

SkyHawk09...that is why you work at Burger King instead of the NBA, If he pulled a stupid move like that he would never work in any way associated with the NBA ever again. He handled it as good as you can and will be rewarded in the future as opposed to being blackballed for life if he had your mentality.

Since: Jan 9, 2010
Posted on: June 25, 2010 2:27 am

Who wants to work in Portland now?

I think what has happened here is Paul Allen may have made a dissasterous descision to remove KP & in his declining health & the Vulcans & Larry Miller having his ear has not helped.  When Jay (160+ IQ) Bilias says that Kevin Pritchard is "Outstanding" and you just heard this said 2 hours after you fired him ... It is pretty evident you may be in error.  All I can say is the the Nic Batum's & Duante Cunningham's of the upcomming seasons will not be wearing Blazer uniforms ... instead I fear they may be wearing Suns, Knicks or even worse Nuggets uniforms.  KP probably should have kept his financial complaints to himself until it was time for a contract renewal, but when your an owner and, heaven forbid, you may not live to see 2012 & you want a championship prior to it & the man that has assembled the team to do that & is a final move (CP3)(Devin Harris)(Tony Parker) & knows best which current players must stay ... the last thing you wanna do is be so petty to try to humble this person & cost yourself & thousands of lifelong Blazer fans that chance ... admit your mistake ... KP has already admitted his Mr. Allen ... Re-hire KP and lets win the 2011-2012 NBA championship.

Since: May 2, 2008
Posted on: June 25, 2010 12:50 am

Who wants to work in Portland now?

Absolutely ridiculous. Disgrace to our team and fans. Allen you suck my friend.

And to the guy commenting above that he needed to be fired for picking Oden not Durant - ok 1) your a moron 2) Oden had to be picked, the upside was massive. 3) it still may work out - Oden is still young 4) Its easy to be the hindsight world champion isnt it? - were you screaming pick Durant on draft day?

I wanted Durant over Oden. Oden had no offensive game at OSU and it is the rare big man that develops one in the NBA. Oden was at best a dominant defensive force but the days of an NBA team needing an ovrwhelming big man to win have waned. Yao Ming, Dwight Howard, Pau Gasol and at a lower level, Andrew Bogut cn all take over a game. Only Gasol makes title games. Why? He has a superlative teamate. Durant had all the earmarks of being a dominant offensive force while Oden was questionable on that end.

In spite of the cliche, "Defense wins championships", you don't win if you can't score points.

Since: Oct 6, 2006
Posted on: June 25, 2010 12:37 am
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Since: Jul 26, 2009
Posted on: June 25, 2010 12:32 am

Who wants to work in Portland now?

This was really bizarre, at least for the timing. The writing was on the wall when Penn was fired adn Pritchard o longer wa ssitting with Allen. There also are 2 sides to every story. Something caused KP to fall out of Allen and the Vulcans good grace. I dont buy the Oden vs Durant arguement, What a lot of people fail to point out is that KP and Tom Penn potentially lied to Paul Allen regarding a job offer from Minnesota to use it as leverage. When Paul Allen found out he was livid and thus what was the beginning of the end for Pritchard. Pritchard made spme good moves and some questionalbe ones. In the end he did more good than harm but he lied and pissed off the wrong man, Billionaire Paul Allen.

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