Of all the times of the year when basketball isn't being played, the NBA Draft may be my favorite. This year, Blazers ownership has created a strange bit of added intrigue for Portland fans (how nice of them). Here are my two favorite conflicting thoughts:
1) Since ownership will fire Kevin Pritchard after the draft, he really doesn't have much power here to do his draft magic.
2) Paul Allen is always willing to spend money. Pritchard is apparently fighting hard to save his job. Therefore, KP will lock into his zone and find a way to significantly improve this team because he feels he has to. Ownership will then realize that 1) There is no way they can find another GM that is as good or better than Pritchard and 2) They no longer want to look totally ridiculously stupid by firing this man. KP's powers are restored, and ownership learns a valuable lesson.
(That second one got away from me a little bit. Somewhere in my warped optimistic head it seems possible. A boy MAN can dream.)
The Blazers grabbing the 34th pick is not evidence either way by itself. It could be KP building towards something. Or it could be the Paul Allen usual; always willing to pay up to move up.
So now, we come to the 2010 Portland Trailblazers Draft Theme, based purely on baseless speculation:
WILL KEVIN PRITCHARD SAVE HIS JOB?
What will Portland do? Who should they take? How pathetic am I for holding out hope for KP? Fire up the rumor mill. (I said fire it up, not burn it down, sheesh Woj ). Get to watching Larry Sanders and Kevin Seraphin highlights on youtube. It's draft time.
The WILL KEVIN PRITCHARD SAVE HIS JOB? theme song/video is below. Apologies, I've been doing karaoke a lot lately.