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KD on the Jeff Ma interview, and the KP mystery



Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie has a juicy bit on Ben Golliver's recent interview with Jeff Ma, in which he suggests (among other things), that Ma might be jeopardizing future consulting work for the Blazers by publicly trashing the Greg Oden pick.  Dwyer has a few other pointed criticisms for Ma, such as disputing the notion that one broken wrist in college is evidence of an "injury history".  (By now, of course, Oden has such a history, but coming out of tOSU, it's hard to argue that--indeed, playing through an injury and doing so successfully might suggest otherwise...especially since the college injury was on the wrist and not the knees, where Greg has since had problems.

However, a commenter point out something interesting.  The Blazer official who Ma discusses in detail is Kevin Pritchard; not anybody else in management.  Said commenter even goes so far as to suggest that Blazer management might in fact be pleased by Ma's analysis.  And at least one commenter seemed to think (a proposition for which there is no on-record evidence that I'm aware of) that Allen preferred Durant, but deferred to his general manager--but is unwilling to throw Oden under the bus by disavowing the pick. 

It's been suggested by a few KP supporters that KP wanted Durant but was overruled by Allen, and that KP's departure was in part due to one too many "I told you so's".  However, were THIS to be the case, I would have expected it to have leaked out now that Pritchard is no longer a Blazers' employee. 

Interesting.

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