Monday, March 22nd, 2010 at 12:50 pm  |  18 responses

Kevin Pritchard’s Job in Trouble?

Yahoo! has a jaw-dropping piece on the troubles facing the Blazers’ current GM: “As executives of Vulcan Inc. discussed the pros and cons of firing Portland Trail Blazers general manager Kevin Pritchard last summer, the discussion found its way to this conclusion: Pritchard had proven to be a solid senior-level scout, but largely incapable of running the organization. Vulcan, the Blazers’ parent company, had watched Pritchard embark upon several selfish and destructive bents, and strong sentiment existed to fire him. Owner Paul Allen and the Vulcan executives no longer trusted him to put the franchise before his own ambitions. The list of transgressions that troubled Vulcan always came back to similar themes: Pritchard’s thirst for public adulation, money and power. Inside and outside the organization, Pritchard harped on how much more Portland coach Nate McMillan made than him. He complained to friends, rivals and relative acquaintances, and that played an immense part in the gulf that exists between the front office and coach.”

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  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    they should fire him and give the job to me.. In all seriousness K.P. seems to be liked by most of the players unlike alot of guys in his position.

  • AL29

    Pritchard should be fired. It was on his watch that they picked Oden over KD. And, the team hasn’t accomplished anything since 2000 despite having no shortage of talent, money and fans.

  • The D Train

    AL29: Pritchard was named GM in 2007. If you’re going to say he should be fired, at least get your sh1t straight. Can’t blame him for the first 6 years of the decade. And if you think picking Oden over Durant is a fire-able offense, you’d have to fire the majority of GM’s in the league, since Oden was the consensus first pick. Right or wrong, big men are almost always valued higher than wing players. See: Olawakandi, Oden, Bogut, Shawn Bradley, etc…

  • Mike

    Also, if it weren’t for KP, we would have a nucleus of Randy Foye and Tyrus Thomas, instead of Brandon Roy and LaMarcus Aldridge. KP also drafted Nicolas Batum when many other GMs were afraid to (If u aint heard of him, u will soon enough). Obviously, we Blazers fans dont know what exactly is going on behind the scenes with management, but if KP is let go, we will go ballistic.

  • JD

    Don’t fire him, he’s one of the best GMs in the league

  • hemlock09

    as a warriors fan, this is very encouraging news. the warriors are about to be sold to larry ellison, and larry ellison will do anything to stick it to msft guys like paul allen. if larry buys the team, i see him making a play for penn and pritchard and letting them do whatever they want.

  • Chris

    Down with the Vulcan’s!!!!!

  • J-Ro

    So its the gm’s fault that his roster is injury prone?

  • somedude

    Well, Nate Mcmillan does seem to really suck; I can understand Pritchard wanting more money than him.

  • Sporting-Lisbon-Blazers

    fu(k Adrian Wojnarowski!!! he has an hard on against KPritchard…KP(with Allen´s money) made us proud of the TrailBlazers again…it would be DUMB AS SH1T to fire him…START THE RIOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Th3_R3al_Chris

    The Trailblazers owner should stop acting so niggardly towards his GM. This is the same guy who, along with Nate McMillan, has revived the franchise from their “Jailblazer” label to a young, competitive team who, when healthy, might just be the team to beat out west.

  • Th3_R3al_Chris

    For Kevin Pritchard to not be offered a contract extension a decent raise at that would be an awfully niggardly act on behalf of the Trailblazers organization. This is the very same organization that 10 years ago was labeled “The Jailblazers” prior to its turnaround and resurgence. They need to cut that check!

  • Th3_R3al_Chris

    I wrote two posts, but neither one went through because they used the word “niggard1y,” which apparently falls into the category of “derogatory comments” that aren’t allowed. What’s going on, Lang? I thought you were an English Major. You realize “niggard1y” and “n!ggard” have absolutely nothing to do with the racially-motivated and racist “N-word,” right?

    Anyway, My comment was that the Trailblazers owners should stop acting so niggard1y and pay/extend Mr. Pritchard since he and Nate McMillan have done a tremendous job turning that franchise around. It wasn’t so long ago that they were jokingly referred to around these parts as “Jailblazers” and now Portland has a nice youth movement that, if healthy, can be a real threat in the West.

  • Clayton Holloway

    Are you serious? Kevin Pritchard is a genius and should be paid as such.. He stacked that team with talent, when everyone looked at him crazy for stacking all those draft picks.. Big men go down, he just goes and gets another that fits in perfect. Injuries left and right but yet the compete cause he put together a solid roster which I can only name about 5 teams that actually go 10 deep. This is nuts.

  • Justin

    I always love when people want GM’s fired because their picks didn’t turn out to be what was expected. Hindsight is the best isn’t it? There isn’t one GM in the league that wouldn’t have taken Oden first overall that year. It wasn’t a bad pick, just an unfortunate result so far

  • t4inc

    The Yahoo piece seems unusually biased. I don’t think it’s outside the realm of possibility that the writer was paid to air Vulcan’s side of the story or that the writer may have been given an exclusive story to tell the public as a sort of test balloon to see what the reaction would be to Pritchard’s firing. After all, this is a league where, when a valuable free agent is intent on leaving town, the team’s PR team starts a hatchet job on the guy, claiming that the player did so and so in order to leverage that player into a sign-and-trade. Then, when the player re-signs with the team, it’s as if nothing ever happened, a story comes out denying all the negative crap that was brought to light and so forth. Regardless, no one is really sure what’s going on. For all we know, the fact that we all credit Pritchard for the picks he’s made may be the result of him taking credit for things that may not have been entirely his decisions.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Counting another man’s money is usually lame. There are exceptions, but this doesn’t sound like one.

  • big easy

    the yahoo piece is pathetic. end of story. KP is Paul Allen’s right-hand man, as they are always seen sitting together at blazer games and talking to each all the time. i think this is just a case of a biased journalist going by mere assumptions to write a “controversial” story.