Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Pritchard's secret is out

Well, it's not really a secret to those of us who have been following the Blazers prior to their recent success, but the winning streak has openned the eyes of some the national types to what General Manager Kevin Pritchard is doing. KP's knack for finding a balance between talent, character and chemestry has not only translated to wins, it's lead ESPN's Bill Simmons to create a new word.
Here's the new mantra for savvy NBA teams: "Chemacterility." Why haven't you heard the term before? Because I just made it up. But it's an amalgam of three concepts that have formed the foundation of the Duncan era in San Antonio: chemistry, character and (cap) flexibility.


Although their initial rebuilding plan centered on creating cap space after 2009 and stockpiling enough assets to swing a KG-like deal, the Blazers sped things up this season by becoming the poster boys for chemacterility. They've also left the average NBA fan perplexed. After all, Boston's resurgence makes sense because they have three All-Stars; the Blazers have one emerging star (Roy) leading a mishmashed collection of youngsters and role players. They're a good raw team, but 13-in-a-row good? Without Oden? After they thumped a more talented Raptors team on Dec. 19, Jason Kapono told reporters, "Their chemistry is so good right now, and that's so hard to deal with."

Have you ever heard anyone blame the other team's chemistry for a loss? Me neither. Clearly the Blazers have stumbled onto something.

There's been no stumbling involved. Kevin Pritchard has carefully crafted this team with "chemacterility" in mind from the day he took over as GM. It might be working faster than anyone expected but it's nothing close to an accident.

1 comment:

David said...

Bill Simmons can take a flying leap... He wrote off the Blazers after Oden went out and kept cracking the Sam Bowie jokes. The national media is all surprised about the Blazers because they stopped paying attention after the surgery. WE KNEW THIS TEAM WAS GOOD EVEN WITHOUT G.O. !!! So all the memebers of the national media can please stop trying to pretend they're geniuses because they never actually bothered to begin with.