Posted by Royce Young
Most random story of the day award? It goes to this one, right here:
Via Newsday, the Blazers could be considering a familiar face for their vacant general manager position: Kevin Pritchard. Seriously.
"Two weeks ago, the Blazers fired Pritchard's replacement, Rich Cho, and an NBA source said Trail Blazers owner Paul Allen's staff recently discussed bringing Pritchard back."
If you recall, Allen was so eager to fire Pritchard that he canned him on draft night last year. And here, this says, if I'm reading it right, that he's considering bringing him back? Where am I right now? Why not just re-hire Rich Cho then?
Maybe it's a concession from Allen that he may have jumped the gun in firing Pritchard. Most agreed that Pritchard had done a terrific job in Portland building a winner despite setbacks from injuries and other things. And since his dismissal, he's become a hot candidate for basically every vacant GM position. So with the Blazer position being open, why not consider him, I guess.
As was the case with Cho, a lack of communication and chemistry with ownership was cited for Pritchard's firing. I guess it's possible that people can change and reconcile relationships. That's why Pritchard could return. His firing was a very unpopular decision in Portland so I'd assume bringing him back would be a decision met with approval.
Who knows, maybe this'll turn into a George Steinbrenner - Billy Martin type of thing. Pritchard will be introduced and Allen will make some joke about firing him and Pritchard will say "You haven't even hired me yet!" I can see it now. Good times in Portland.