To start, let me say that I am a Nate McMillan fan. I don't think he was the greatest coach, but I think he was a very good one, specifically at maximizing production with limited talent. I am sorry to see him go. His departure was probably necessary but still sad. It was part of a day in which the Blazers raced to the bottom because it has proven to be the quickest way back to the top.
The problem with any move to the bottom is the great danger of remaining there for an extended time. I live in Minnesota. I have been watching the Wolves for the last twelve years. After KG, they tanked. Unfortunately, they never came back up for air. The current administration has things moving in the right direction, but it has taken a long time. (By the way, it is great to watch Rick Adelman coach) The Blazer's front office as it is now constituted has a very small track record. Last off season was their only work that we can examine. During that time, they traded away Andre Miller, Rudy Fernandez, the rights to Koponen, and the 22nd pick (Kenneth Faried) for Ray Felton and the 21st pick (Nolan Smith). I would argue that any trade that involves your team gaining Ray Felton is an unmitigated failure regardless of what you gave up. Why would we think that this group will wisely use the picks and cap space they have this summer? Maybe I'm wrong. Maybe Buchanon and Miller were behind the success we attributed to Pritchard and Cho. But I doubt it. I feel that we are about to enter an anti-bandwagon era of being a Blazer fan. Oh well. It's not like we haven't been here before.