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Did Pritchard "Jump the Shark" this past off-season?

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It used to be that the Blazers had this major piece (RLEC - Reaf) that was going to allow them to make a major impact move. It was part of their tremendous potential. Then we end up with Andre Miller. I hate to say it, but I think the Blazers may have "jumped the shark" in the off-season, and it's Pritchard's fault. I supported him on the Turkoglu attempt. But after that fell through he should have had the balls to risk letting our cap-space go to waste. If he had waited (instead of jumping on Miller - who is old & doesn't fit) the Blazers WOULD have clearly been able to out-bid everyone in Ramon Session's restricted free-agency. We would have a legit, young, up & coming, true point guard. Then - in the draft Pritchard should have had the balls to take DaJuan Blair. We had two shots at him - Could have gotten Victor with the first pick and STILL gotten Blair with our second pick!! Pritchard got Pritch-Slapped by San Antonio, along with the rest of the league, on that one. Imagine Blair cleaning the glass like a vacuum cleaner on the second unit and scoring points in the paint instead of Travis Outlaw jacking up jump shots and never rebounding. I believe Blair is putting up numbers similar or better than Oden right now. Well at least we have Jeff Pendegraph. Or how about Ty Lawson?? Couldn't we have traded up a few spots to get him (given all the assets we had)?? I would much rather have Ty Lawson as our back-up point guard than Andre Miller. I like Pritchard. He has made some good moves in the past - getting Roy, Aldridge, and Rudy for us. Drafting Oden over Durant was clearly a mistake (lets just be honest about it, shall we?) but I can't blame him for that one. But the bottom-line is that this team as currently constituted will likely not succeed at the level Blazer fans expect, and it's up to Pritchard to redeem himself by making an impactful early-season or mid-season trade. (May I suggest Travis Outlaw be included?) Pritchard I love ya, but if you don't man-up and make a big move soon, you may find yourself out on your a$$ along with McMillan in a couple years. Also - McMillan is rapidly losing my support. I'd hate to see him fired in the middle of the season, but if this season continues to go down-hill, I would support a change at the end of the year. Ok all you patient, level-headed, B-Edgers out there. Let me have it. :)

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