Kevin Pritchard spoke to the media today, and here’s the transcript from The Oregonian’s Joe Freeman. Cue dramatic Hollywood trailer music, as Freeman begins with:
Trail Blazers general manager Kevin Pritchard acknowledged on Tuesday that he knows the organization is searching for his potential replacement but vowed that he would “compete like heck” to keep his job.
During a brief question-and-answer session with the media after the team’s predraft workout in Tualatin, Pritchard repeatedly said, “May the best man win,” when describing his unsettled job status.
That’s what you like to hear, whether or not it’s really worth anything. There are plenty of people in that world that, upon hearing that their superiors are looking for a replacement, would hole up and take the, “I’ve been wronged, I shouldn’t have to compete for my own job” stance and let the negativity wash over them. So kudos to Pritchard for taking this all standing up.
UPDATE: Here’s the workout update from Blazersedge’s Ben Golliver:
One decision the organization didn’t make, Pritchard confirmed, was advising him that they would be conducting a search for a potential replacement. It comes as no surprise, but it seems to rule out the possibility that Pritchard and his bosses have had discussions regarding a pre-arranged agreement about his future, a possibility that has been floating for some time behind the scenes. Pritchard specifically admitted that he “did not” know about the search until the news became public through the media. Admitting this fact caused him to fluster and he attempted to change the subject. Blindsided.
His final shot: “Life isn’t fair, right?” In the end, noble. Noble and pitiable.
And more from ESPN’s Chad Ford:
Sources say that Pritchard is expecting to be fired after the draft is over, but has decided that if he’s going to be let go, he wants to leave with a bang.
“They’re going all out right now, which is pretty much par for the course,” a rival GM told ESPN.com. “But it’s interesting to see this sort of effort given everything else that’s going on. He’s had as good of a track record as any executive in the league and management is humiliating him. Lots of guys would’ve just quit. I’d admire that he’s going out swinging.”
I admire it, too. Kids, if you’re working in the public eye, this is how you take your hits.