• Dave Deckard of BlazersEdge is worried that the Trail Blazers have been down similar roads before:
A week ago the questions surrounding the team were simple: Will they make the playoffs? Will they succeed there? Those were beautiful, vibrant questions speaking of goodness among us no matter how they were answered, even to the negative. Now the lingering question is, “Will this organization ever learn?” There’s no satisfying, unifying, cheer-worthy answer to that no matter which way you go. It’s sad that the terms were redefined like that again, even if it’s only for a while. In more ways that one it was a sorry exchange.
• Wedell Maxey says that we should quit hating on Kevin Pritchard. (Quoting a source):
“All Kevin has done since joining Portland is help re-make them from a laughing stock in the league to a team other front offices emulate. If you don’t care for the way he goes about his business, that’s your problem. That’s not his. That doesn’t make it alright to beat the guy when he’s obviously going through a difficult time.”
• The Oregonian’s Jason Quick takes us inside the supervillan-esque nomenclatured “Vulcan Logic” behind the Pritchard situation and, amongst other things, insinuates that a Western Conference executive *cough* Mark Warkentein *cough* is behind all of this mess and reports that Nate McMillan supports KP, and has this money quote:
If anything has become clear to me over the past week it’s this: Anyone under Kevin Pritchard in this organization loves him and swears by him. Anyone over him appears uncomfortable with him or threatened by him.
• It will be interesting to see where Portland goes from here. Adrian Wojnarowski paints a picture of Pritchard as a power hungry neophyte with great drafting skills but poor acumen as a day-to-day general manager, disconnected from his coach. Quick seems to be painting his own picture of Pritchard as a talented general manager with the full support of his coaching staff being railroaded by a jealous rival feeding information to an antagonistic columnist, a rabble rousing agent, and a cold and mysterious group called “the Vulcans.” Can both scenarios be true? Perhaps there is merit to both stories, one thing I know for certain is that firing Penn when there is such a lull between games was probably less than ideal. All this downtime gives fans nothing to do what ruminate over the various conspiracy theories in an attempt to fill the gaping holes in a story filled with bias, vagueness, and half-truths.
• Sheed from Bust a Bucket puts all that drama in a nutshell, and has a petition to save KP. If these petitions worked, I’d have drafted a “trade Blake/Outlaw for Camby” one last year.
• I’d advise signing the petition as opposed to, say, wearing a paper bag over your head during a game. Apparently, front office types can get a bit miffed over a fan’s choice of head-ware.
• Look on the bright side, the Blazers front office may be crumbling before our very eyes, but at least the Trail Blazers aren’t thinking about signing Mikki Moore! The glass is always half full here in at PRS.