Thursday, June 01, 2006

Say What?

"Kevin's done a great job for us since he came here" is THE quote that jumps out from yesterday's made for KXL news conference (more on that below).

Lets be perfectly clear on something. NOBODY has done a great job on the basketball operations side for the Blazers. When you are the worst team in the NBA, and have won just 26 games since March 2nd 2005, it is hard to say you have done a great or even decent job. What has Pritchard done? Draft Webster or Jack? I thought that was Nash. Did Pritchard make the draft day deal to rid the team of Ruben Patterson? Great move? Not really.

Kevin Pritchard has been here less than two years. Right now it looks like he will be entrusted to run the Blazers draft day activities. That will be his first chance to shine, and maybe even do something that can be judged to be good or great. But to throw out compliments like "Kevin's done a great job" yesterday is an insult to Blazer fans. There has been nothing great about the last two seasons.

Made for Radio Event
Weird happenings yesterday. I can't remember ever seeing a news conference at 10:30 AM, anywhere, for any sport. Starting a news conference at the bottom of the hour is strange enough, but 10:30? Just an odd time. Then I realized why. It fit perfectly into the programming schedule of the team's flagship station. That is the final half hour of the syndicated show by Bill O'Reilly, and right before Lars Larson. But.... good for us at 1080 The Fan. It also fit perfect for us since the Mariners' game began at 11:00, so perfect timing on our end as well, although for us, it doesn't matter-we will always go live and bring you the breakng sports stories as they happen, no matter what time of the day.
Still, it obviously didn't fit into the schedule of Steve Patterson who started the news conference off with his heavy sigh, followed by a disclaimer about how he had to be brief because he had big shooter meetings back at the Rose Garden. What could be more important than the announcement of a change at the top of the basketball operations staff?