Though Pritchard could have very well have been underpaid as GM of the Blazers, it would've been odd for him to compare his salary to that of his head coach's. NBA head coaches on average make around $3.5 million/year, where as NBA GMs make an average of roughly $2 million.
Bryan Colangelo makes $4 million/year, but he is one the highest paid executives in the league.
Bargnani also came in Second for Rookie of the Year and earned an All-Rookie Team selection.
The following year we finished 6th in the conference and qualified for the playoffs. (And with the exact same record as Portland.)
Not sure how thats them being 'contenders' and us 'stuck with a bucket of crap.'
And most definitely questioned him selecting Oden over Durant. I questioned it quite emphatically actually.
Don't forget that the only reason Pritchard was able to have those strong draft classes was because Paul Allen went out and bought him a bunch of picks. MLSE isn't known for buying picks. He would have to do more with less in Toronto. That's just one factor to consider.
Because he clearly did. And receiving the Second Most votes for ROY proves that.
Also, I didn't say he was the sole reason for their success. But he was, and is, deserving of a large amount of the credit for our best season ever.
25 minutes a game is 'Back of the rotation minutes'... Really? Fascinating.
And for the record, a rookie averaging 12pts, 4rpg and a block is pretty solid.
Aldridge put up 9pts, 5rpg and a block. Not much difference.
We may not fully appreciate these numbers now, but for ANY rookie, these are solid numbers.
I just watch the games and call my own judgments objective proof. I don't check my stats before I argue.
If you consider your own judgments objective and do no think the use of stats (or probably other facts which do not belong to your own observations) has any place in the arguments you make or react to, I suppose that leaves little room for debate. So, what do you expect from posting on a forum. Are the others supposed to agree with you? Are you just picking fights? Apparently you are not here to debate and perhaps change your own opinion because of good arguments made by others. So I really don't get it; you use degrading namecalling like 'bucket of crap' for Bargnani and 'Anthony Porker', are you just trying to outscream us so we will bow down and submit to your judgements?
And in that case, I will likely block you.
Here I was thinking that you were actually interested in discussing, and debating, the issue.
But clearly you are only here to throw out random thoughts and see what kind of reaction you can get.
I don't generally like talking with people like you.
I prefer to have intelligent, educated debates, with which arguments can be backed up with more than, "I say so."
I think we can all agree that Alex Anthopoulos would make a great GM for the Raps. =)
Go:Pritchard's time in Portland wasn't the longest but it was quite successful, as he laid down the building blocks to transform a perennial loser into one of the most talked about up-and-coming teams in the NBA.
The young core of LaMarcus Aldridge, Brandon Roy and Nicolas Batum has Pritchard's fingerprints all over it, so it's clear that he's very capable of building a winner. And out of all the other lead candidates for the Raptors job, he'll probably be considered the frontrunner because he's more of a known commodity than the others; even though some of them have more experience.
With that in mind, Pritchard's arrival would be pretty exciting for Raptors fans. After all, he would be a young, vibrant GM eager to prove himself again and turn the franchise's fortunes around. However, that is exactly why a Pritchard hire would be problematic.
Toronto already hired a GM much like Pritchard back in 2006 in Bryan Colangelo, and even though he's decided to step away from the GM role and just act as president of the team, his DNA is still all over the franchise -- something that may not mesh well with Pritchard.
Both Pritchard and Colangelo are control freaks with strong personalities. If he were to come into the Raptor-fold the two would likely butt heads with each other. And while healthy debate and input on how to improve the team is generally a good thing, constant disagreement is something a franchise doesn't want to deal with.
It has been reported in the past that the reason for Pritchard's departure from Portland was because he hungered for both power and media adoration. These are two things he isn't likely to receive as much in Toronto, as long as Colangelo stays above him in the franchise hierarchy.
Source: Miamiherlad.comColangelo won't find that perfect sync if he hires Pritchard, but he may just find it in Lindsey.
As the current assistant GM of the San Antonio Spurs, Lindsey would bring some championship knowledge to the front office and seeing how the Spurs have made a living off picking exceptional players later in the draft, his talent evaluation skills will work wonders for a team likely headed to the lottery.
A Lindsey selection would also make sense, as he'll work well with Colangelo because of the emphasis that the Spurs have made on scouting international players -- something the Toronto boss has been known for.
Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, the reason why Lindsey should be the prime candidate is because Colangelo will still be able to go hands-on with the team because Lindsey would be a rookie GM, making him more easily controlled, which would allow Colangelo to still execute his vision for the club.
Lindsey may not be the sexiest pick, but he seems like the right one. If the club decides instead to go with Prtichard, however, it will be very interesting to see how he and Colangelo work with each other.
This article makes a lot of sense.
That is certainly something to consider.
Something I only thought of reading this bit was the dysfunction that is MLSE. Having a guy like Pritchard (i.e. with his history of egomania and back-room office politicking) may not be in the best interest of the franchise given his tenure in Portland. The drama that surrounded BC's extension would be an open invitation to someone looking to stoke the fires of malcontent among the members of the board (read: Teachers reps).
I honestly do not know much about Lindsey except he turned down MIN and PHX and is well regarded in SA. I wonder if it was because both franchises offered a contract and situation less desirable than the one currently held in SA (especially the money part). Being a member of the Spurs front office is certainly a good experience but it does not necessarily mean success on his own or working in another organization.
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