The former Blazers GM was fired BEFORE Thursday draft, but in a true act of duty and love for the game, he requested permission to conduct the teams draft, which he was allowed to do. He went on to trade oft-injured Martell Webster for Luke Babbit, saving the team money and adding a lights out shooter on the perimeter. Pritchard's fate came down the the one bad decision he did make at Portlands Helm...
and that was drafting Oden over Durant.
But I don't blame him for the pick. As much input as he has in the decision, outside variables such as season ticket sales and ownership must also be factored. We learned about this process with Wall this year. Though I'll agree that wall was the superior talent in this case, EG had no choice but to pick him.
Imagine the backlash had we picked Turner. Our teams stock would have dropped, season ticket plans would have been returned, investors and partners would have all turned away. This was surely the case with Durant and Odent, where one was the better player right away but the other was a superior talent. Oden was billed as a once in a generation player, who was just as hyped as John Wall but ended up being made of paper machet.
I agree that a draft cannot be truly evaluated until at least the first season, but to me and I'm sure many other fans, this was the last straw. Grunfield is obviously not interested in building a team the right way. We always "trust" these decisions by out front office but more often than not they turn into picks like Pecherov, Booker and Seraphin. I'm sick of it. I'm sick of teams like OKC and Portland finding Value with nearly every pick they make while we continue to made these moronic, inexplicable decisions. I want his head, and I want Pritchard leading this team forward as soon as possible. Sorry EG, one great trade(CB3 for Kwame) and one play off series victory in almost a decade isn't enough. Time for you to go.