Brandon Roy, a likeable young team that’s competitive in the difficult Western Conference, stealing Marcus Camby and Andre Miller. When you added them all together, it was hard to figure out why the Blazers fired Kevin Pritchard this past offseason.
But the announcement today that the Blazers aren’t going to sign Oden to an extension brought it home for me. If you’re multi-billionaire Paul Allen, you probably realize that in life, you only get one or two chances to hit a homerun. Krause and the Bulls got Jordan. Jerry West traded for Kobe (for Divac and Elden Campbell if I’m not mistaken). Danny Ainge pulled off the KG and Ray Allen moves. And Pritchard had the chance to draft Kevin Durant. He didn’t. And the team is already starting to part ways with the guy they picked instead. Sometime you screw up one thing so badly that nothing else matters.