He must have Pritch-slapped himself.
Blazers sour on Pritchard, reach out to GMs - NBA- nbcsports.msnbc.com
They quote Yahoo! Sports as their source, yet I can't find any mentioning of the Pacers there.The Trail Blazers have enlisted a private headhunting firm to research and reach out to potential general manager candidates, according to Yahoo! Sports.
This confirms that GM Kevin Pritchard may not last the summer in Portland, apparently because he "lost a power struggle with Blazers president Larry Miller." Inquiries have been made about at least two current GMs, including Sam Presti of Oklahoma City. The Pacers were rumored to have interest in hiring Pritchard, who has done a solid job in Portland and should have no trouble finding another gig.
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If he's coming in as a GM, he'd be replacing Morway.
if we're looking for a new front office guy, we could do a lot worse than pritchard.
as to the pacers' connection, we discussed it a few months ago. vecsey claimed that pritchard's agent was manuevering him to indy.
the vecsey article was posted by uncle buck (post #24)
I really like Morway, though. Is he really the problem?
I suppose just going off of what Portland has done lately (particularly on draft night), that Pritchard would theoretically be an upgrade, but I don't really know that.
This is the same guy who tried to sign Hedo Turkoglu to that contract, right?
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The best move the Pacers could make by replacing Bird with Pritchard, the love affair with Bird is over and the Simons know it.
Correction: I forgot Bird was the team president and not the GM, but everyone knows that Bird makes the final decisions. I don't know if Morway had anything to do with any of the moves made by the Pacers. If they did bring Pritchard in, I have to believe he would have more authority over personnel moves. Bird would finally fit into his natural executive position, a figurehead.
Last edited by eldubious; 06-06-2010 at 08:16 PM.
I think Pritchard is a little overrated. You gotta remember that this guy has had access to Paul Allen's very deep pockets. Sure, he did well with the Brandon Roy draft night trade, but there are still some moves that many may find questionable:
-- Extending Aldridge for 5 years/65 million. Yes, Aldridge is a good player, but not $13 million a year good
-- Drafting Oden ahead of a future Hall of Famer. Granted, Oden was the consensus #1 pick at the time, but Durant continues to get better and this could turn into another Sam Bowie pick
-- The handling of Darius Miles' fiasco
The ironic thing is that Pritchard is from Bloomington, originally.
If Pritchard were to come to Indy, as has been mentioned, it would be in a role working with Bird. From my understanding, Bird is essentially the CEO of Pacers Sports, Morway is the CFO, Fuson is the COO and Pritchard would/could be the CEO of Pacers basketball reporting to Bird.
If he comes here, he would need to replace Bird, not work with him. From what I've read, Pritchard has a little bit of an ego on him. This would be a Walsh/Bird "Too many chiefs" situation all over again. Personally, I'd like to see Bird take a hike and Pritchard take over. It won't happen though.
waitaminute! Why did I give you a thanks for that. Now I can't get the image burned from my retinas.
Not that I want to, mind you.
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I read Sam Presti interviewed for the Blazers GM job. I'd hate to see him leave Oklahoma City.