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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Don't Blame KP For Oden Over Durant

Since Tom Penn got axed last week, there have been all kinds of rumors going around that seem to indicate that Kevin Pritchard's days in Portland are numbered.

Now, I don't know what goes on behind closed doors so I'm not going to speculate on whether or not these rumors might be true. What I AM going to say is that if the hatchet does fall, it won't be because KP picked Greg Oden over Kevin Durant. Let's be clear on this. Management wanted Oden. The city of Portland wanted Oden. Kevin Pritchard? Dude wasn't so sure. He described Durant's workout for the team as the best he'd ever seen. And while every major sports outlet crowned Oden the next Bill Russell, KP was wringing his hands because he saw then in Durant what we're all seeing now- a perennial All-Star with limitless potential.

So to all you revisionist historians out there, blame Pritchard for his part in the underhanded Darius Miles bullshit. Blame KP for not knowing when to keep his mouth shut about his salary. But don't you dare blame him for pulling the trigger on Oden over Durant. He had an entire city helping him make that decision.

Pictured: trust me, you didn't hear many double honks in Portland

12 comments:

Ben Le Vine said...

It is my understanding though, that KP is responsible for all of the rain, strict liquor laws and poor Mexican food in Portland. . .

Andrew said...

I honestly think that even if Portland had picked Durant, he wouldn't be the Durant we know and worship today. He'd be on the bench with the other Blazers fighting for minutes in McMillan's "system."

ReadBetweenTheBaselines said...

He got em B Roy! Didn't know that he was on the fence about Oden though... love the "what if" game

Taffy said...

Here's KP's GM page. Other than repeatedly signing Shavlik Randolph (?), it's pretty impressive. Take a look at his transactions and tell me which ones you'd second guess.

http://hoopshype.com/general_managers/kevin_pritchard.htm

KNEE JERK NBA said...

@Ben: the OLCC would like to have a word with you in private.

@Andrew: Durant would battle w Roy for alpha male, no doubt. Aldridge would be an afterthought.

holybackboard said...

All of these people looking back in hindsight need to just quit. Seriously, nearly everyone and their mamma would have taken Oden. Right now, KD looks like a stud and Oden a promising, young, injury-riddled center. Obviously, if we could have a do over..but we can't. You can't predict injuries.
I do, deep down, believe KP would have taken Durant if it had been only his input involved with the pick.

Seth Johnston said...

I'm not sure who this "Kevin Durant" is. Sounds kind of like a player that I once convinced myself doesn't exist so therefore never possibly could have been a Blazer. Hm.

KNEE JERK NBA said...

@Holy: You're right- you can't predict injuries. Durant could tear his ACL getting out of bed tomorrow. ALSO, it's entirely possible that Oden could end up having a long career still. Danny Manning was perpetually injured but still managed to play for 13 seasons.

@Seth: Dude, you rock.

KNEE JERK NBA said...

Correction: 17 seasons for Danny Manning, 12 of which he was really good.

Colin said...

Camby was also injured a lot and has have some productive seasons after. Durant is pretty Fing amazing though, maybe the Blazers just have a curse :(

KNEE JERK NBA said...

Camby's a great example of a guy who always gets hurt but somehow manages to stay in the league. I just did the math and he's played in 73% of his regular season games since entering the league in 96/97.

Travis said...

Just saw this, and man, I appreciate the post. I've been screamin' these things in the online world for two years now.

I don't sit around wishing the Blazers had Durant. Not for a minute, actually, and I realize he may well be the 3rd or 4th best player in the league. Portland needed a center. Almost every other GM would have taken Oden, and those who suggest otherwise are probably lying.

I'm still happy with the Oden pick. I like Greg. I think this is an issue bigger than the game -- I'm glad Oden's going through this in Portland where he is surrounded by a good organization and very intelligent, empathetic fans. Not to mention, the future of the franchise doesn't rest on Oden. I hope he does well for his sake, not for the Blazers necessarily. That'll be bonus.