Kevin Pritchard

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Kevin Pritchard
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Indiana Pacers
Position President of basketball operations
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1967-07-17) July 17, 1967 (age 50)
Bloomington, Indiana
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Listed weight 180 lb (82 kg)
Career information
High school Edison (Tulsa, Oklahoma)
College Kansas (1986–1990)
NBA draft 1990 / Round: 2 / Pick: 34th overall
Selected by the Golden State Warriors
Playing career 1990–1998
Position Point guard
Number 2, 12, 11, 14
Career history
As player:
1990–1991 Golden State Warriors
1991–1992 Boston Celtics
1995 Philadelphia 76ers
1995 Miami Heat
1996 Washington Bullets
As coach:
2000–2002 Kansas City Knights
2005 Portland Trail Blazers (interim)
Career highlights and awards
Stats at

Kevin Lee Pritchard (born July 18, 1967[1]) is an American basketball executive and a former player and coach who is currently the general manager and the president of basketball operations for the Indiana Pacers. Pritchard played 4 seasons in the NBA and was also the general manager of the Portland Trail Blazers

College career

Pritchard played college basketball for the University of Kansas, where he was the starting point guard on the Jayhawks team that defeated the Oklahoma Sooners for the 1988 NCAA Division I men's basketball championship.[citation needed]

Professional career

Pritchard was drafted by the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association as the 34th overall pick in 1990. He had a six-year NBA career spanning five teams: the Warriors, the Boston Celtics, the Philadelphia 76ers, the Miami Heat, and the Washington Bullets. He was first player signed to the Vancouver Grizzlies in 1995, although he was released before getting an opportunity to play a game for them.[citation needed] Pritchard's playing career also included a stint with Caceres C.B. in Spain, Pfizer Reggio Calabria in Italy in 1993-1994, and Bayer Leverkusen in Germany 1996-1997. He retired from playing in 1998.

Executive career

Early coaching and management career

After a year working outside of basketball, Pritchard became the coach and general manager of the Kansas City Knights of the ABA, which he led to a championship in 2002. Later, he was hired by San Antonio Spurs general manager R. C. Buford to be a scout in the Spurs' organization, and two years later was hired by the Portland Trail Blazers as director of player personnel.

In 2005, when the Trail Blazers fired head coach Maurice Cheeks, they named Pritchard as his interim replacement.

Portland Trail Blazers

In the 2006 off-season, the team fired John Nash, giving Steve Patterson the dual role of general manager and president, while Pritchard was promoted to assistant general manager. In 2007, Patterson resigned, and on March 29, Pritchard was named as the team's general manager.

In December 2008, the Blazers attempted to block other NBA teams from signing Darius Miles solely for the purpose of negatively impacting the Blazers' salary cap situation. Miles ended up signing with the Memphis Grizzlies.[2]

In the summer of 2009, the Blazers added to their core of young talent by signing veterans Andre Miller and Juwan Howard to free agent contracts.[3][4] The 2009-10 Blazers suffered a historic level of injuries to key players, yet the team still won 50 games and returned to the playoffs.

Pritchard was relieved of his general manager duties on June 24, 2010. About one hour before the 2010 NBA Draft, Kevin Pritchard was notified by Paul Allen that he had been fired, but wanted to make it clear that he needed to stay for the draft. Pritchard made a trade and two draft selections, which satisfied Trail Blazer team officials.[5]

Many people expected the release of Pritchard to take place, as they felt the firing of Tom Penn, who was the assistant general manager, was a "drive-by" warning for Pritchard.[6]

Joe Freeman, of The Oregonian newspaper, broke this story early in the four o'clock hour of draft day to "Trail Blazers Courtside",[7] an official Trail Blazer show offering live draft day coverage. It was reported that the Trail Blazers officials told the show's hosts to stop talking about Pritchard immediately.[8] Allen's plan was to announce the firing the next day, but word got to the media and the Blazers were forced to address the situation.[9]

In a press conference after, team President Larry Miller fielded all questions. No reasons were given as to why Pritchard was fired.

Pritchard authored an open letter to Blazers' fans in which he thanked Paul Allen and the Blazers for the opportunity to help turn around the team.[10]

Indiana Pacers

In July 2011, Pritchard joined the Indiana Pacers to become their director of player personnel.[11] Later on, he was promoted to general manager in June 2012 to replace David Morway. On May 1, 2017, Pritchard took over the role of president of basketball operations, while retaining his general manager duties, when Larry Bird resigned.[12]

Head coaching record

Regular season G Games coached W Games won L Games lost W–L % Win–loss %
Post season PG Playoff games PW Playoff wins PL Playoff losses PW–L % Playoff win–loss %
Team Year G W L W–L% Finish PG PW PL PW–L% Result
Portland 2004–05 27 5 22 .185 4th in Northwest Missed Playoffs
Career 27 5 22 .185


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-01-11. Retrieved 2011-07-18. 
  2. ^ "Miles separated Blazers GM from greatness". 
  3. ^
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-09-22. Retrieved 2009-09-17. 
  5. ^ "Video: Blazers officials discuss their 2010 NBA draft and Kevin Pritchard's dismissal". The Oregonian. June 24, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Tom Penn 'surprised' and 'disappointed' he is fired by Trail Blazers". The Oregonian. March 16, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Kevin Pritchard fired as Trail Blazers general manager". The Oregonian. June 24, 2010. 
  8. ^ "Canzano: Firing Kevin Pritchard proves Trail Blazers are their own worst enemy". The Oregonian. June 24, 2010. 
  9. ^
  10. ^ "Kevin Pritchard's open letter to Trail Blazers fans". The Oregonian. June 26, 2010. 
  11. ^ Pacers hire Kevin Pritchard
  12. ^ "Bird Steps Down; Pritchard Named President of Basketball Operations". May 1, 2017. Retrieved May 2, 2017. 

External links

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