Honesty? That's what's missing.
Let me admit to a few upfront prejudices. #1, if you ask me if I think Kevin Pritchard has done a good job, I'm going to answer yes. This is entirely based on empirical information. and evaluation. It's based mostly on where I perceive the franchise was when he arrived and was given GM duties, and where the franchise is today. In general under Pritchard the overall direction of the franchise has been positive. This is my opinion. So I would have to line up with the Kevin Pritchard supporters.
Having admitted that, I'd go further and say I don't really care if he's let go. Huh?....The way I look at it, as KP himself says, "They" can do whatever they want...The idea that Paul Allen, Vulcan, or whomever...I'm assuming Paul Allen...wishes for whatever reason, good, bad or indifferent to change GM's is alright with me. I think it happens in business all the time.
The major problem I'm having is simply the way this has been handled. We've had months of denial, no comment, nothings been determined, this is just "normal"...don't ask us, we'll tell you when and if we feel like it. And that's what wrong. I realize in business and in life, there might be circumstance either business related or personal that make revealing details to the public impossible or problematic....and I'm okay with that as well. For example...***warning this is pure hypothetical speculation just to illustrate a point*** Let's say Paul Allen decided he simply does not like Kevin Pritchard....for any reason...maybe he's allergic to his aftershave...maybe he told a joke that Paul didn't find funny....whatever....I think as an owner that has invested as much as Paul Allen has into The Blazers he has every right to let KP go and replace him. But what I would of hoped for The Franchise as well as Paul Allen was a striving for every degree of honesty and openness about the process and decision. That has not happened. Really, I don't even need the details...but instead of "Nothings Been Determined" or callous silence on the issue, a simple honest....Yes...The Blazers have decided to pursue a different direction and we are looking to replace Kevin Pritchard...would of been fine with me. But for whatever reason that level of honesty was not forthcoming...and as a fan that's what bothers me most.
There is another aspect that bothers me. With human beings and life, I'm not asking for perfection. BUT how do you bungle this whole thing this badly? Really?
The Blazers and Kevin Pritchard can say they are totally focused on The Draft and everything is being executed professionally and competently but it seems to me if you are approaching a draft with your acting GM in direct and public conflict with ownership then things simply cannot be ideal. This should of never been allowed to happen. How is everything okay? Even during years where I felt KP and Allen were on the same page, I always assumed that ultimately Kevin Pritchard needed Paul Allens approval to excute anything on draft day or before, during or after the draft. At the very, very least you'd think that avenue of communication would be awkward. Add to this the reality that this "break-up" has been so twisted and public and so drawn out and what other GM's are going to respect Kevin Pritchard as a legitimate representative of The Franchise?...I mean imagine the phone conversation from Kevin to other GM's...."Hello this is Kevin Pritchard, GM of The Blazers..." other end of the conversation..."That's not what I hear".
No this has been handled horribly...and with every non-statement from Larry Miller and every statement from Kevin Pritchard I just feel like booing the franchise I grew up supporting and loving. These are not great days to be a Blazer.