Kevin Pritchard Rumors
Candace Buckner: Another highlight: I asked early in interview whose voice does Bird listen to most during process & he mentioned GM Kevin Pritchard. Later, Bird said he takes the advice of the team’s medical staff above all and explained why. “You find out things and we do MRIs and we do different things and somebody says, ‘How in the heck could they ever pass him?’. Because our medical staff says you shouldn’t take him. A lot of that happens and we’ve done that over the years.”
Several deciding factors would determine the Pacers’ interest in Stephenson, said Simon, and a huge consideration would be chemistry. “First of all, we don’t know if they’re really trading him, at least I don’t know,” Simon said about the Hornets. “I know they made some calls and we would have to (figure out) how he fits back into the team. Those are all basketball decisions and Larry and Kevin (Pritchard) are the best to answer that. “We have the best basketball minds in Larry Bird and Kevin Pritchard and they’re working on it every minute of every day. So, something will happen.”
Besides being surrounded by his entire family — which includes two older sisters — USA men’s basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski made a return visit, as did Pacers general manager Kevin Pritchard who walked out of the hospital with a group that included George’s agent as well as a Nike representative. “He was overwhelmed with everybody reaching out to him. I think that takes away some of the pain when you know that people care for you,” George, Sr. said. “Larry Bird’s been calling … Larry’s been calling left and right, (asking,) ‘How is he? Do I need to come out there?’ “
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Roy Hibbert, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, GM Kevin Pritchard & Donny Walsh at Pacers Fieldhouse instagram.com/p/q2xSIxM_5j/
Vogel’s job status had become fodder for debate because of an unsteady late-season slide that extended into the playoffs, but Pacers president Larry Bird and general manager Kevin Pritchard have remained strong believers in him, sources said.
Rachel Nichols: Pacers GM Kevin Pritchard tells me that last night, he, Larry Bird & Donnie Walsh took Roy Hibbert out for dinner & some laughs. Wanted to remind him basketball is fun, get him out of his room, relieve some pressure. They feels he’s been pressing, want him to just play
Pacers General Manager Kevin Pritchard revealed this detail during a Tuesday morning interview with ESPN radio host Colin Cowherd. Pritchard said that during the Friday night dinner – which included team president Larry Bird and coach Frank Vogel — Bynum made quite the pitch to join the Eastern Conference-leading Pacers. “He made it perfectly clear,” Pritchard said during the radio interview. “He was like, ‘Look, I want to win a championship, I think I can really help you, and I want to fit in. I’m not coming here to let everybody fit in with me. I got to fit in with everybody else.’ When he said that I think the thing changed.”
The conversations first began after a sleepless night. Following one year out of the NBA, where he had played and coached since 1986, Nate McMillan wanted back in. One summer morning, he dialed his former boss, Pacers general manager Kevin Pritchard, to express his interest in joining Frank Vogel’s staff. This was before Vogel even had an opening. Like everyone else, McMillan assumed Brian Shaw, Vogel’s top aid for the past two seasons, would land his first head coaching job.
“I do believe he can play some minutes,” Pritchard added. “But, our job is to put as much talent out there, and then let the coaches determine who plays. We think he’s going to compete for minutes.”
Solomon Hill, a 6-foot-7, four-year player out of the University of Arizona was selected at No. 23. In what general manager Kevin Pritchard called a “weird, wacky draft,” they were happy when the 22-year-old was still available. “You can normally tell if you could’ve traded down if two minutes after the pick, you get calls,” he said. “We had multiple, multiple calls immediately trying to trade for the kid.”
The Indiana Pacers announced Wednesday that Larry Bird will return to the team as President of Basketball Operations. Bird agreed to a multi-year deal and per team policy, no terms will be released. Donnie Walsh, who held that position the last year, will be a consultant to the franchise and Kevin Pritchard remains as the Pacers’ General Manager.
“The year off gave me a chance to reflect, to rest, to take care of some health issues and it re-charged me,” said Bird. “Donnie and Kevin did a great job and I will lean on both heavily as we move forward toward the goal of competing for a championship.”
General manager Kevin Pritchard will remain on as Bird’s No. 2 while Donnie Walsh, who said last week he’d be ready to step aside if Bird returned, will become a consultant. Bird will not be involved in Thursday’s draft, which Walsh and Pritchard have been working on for months.
Examples abound in team front offices, too. Sam Presti (Oklahoma City Thunder), Dell Demps (New Orleans) and Kevin Pritchard (Indiana Pacers) are general managers who, like Ferry, once worked under Buford. “The success we’ve had on the court in the playoffs is great,” Budenholzer said, “but where Pop and I, and all of us, get just as big of a kick is watching people go out and be successful. We love it.” When it comes to launching careers, the Spurs have had more success than other recent champions, like the Los Angeles Lakers, the Boston Celtics, the Mavericks and the Miami Heat.
Added Pritchard: “(West) knows we’re in a great position moving forward. He’s priority No. 1 and come July 1 (the start of free agency) we’ll have a lot of conversations.”
When the new GM is hired could take some time.Geoff Petrie and Co. continue to work on the NBA Draft while the search continues for Petrie’s replacement. Ranadive is being advised during this process by the likes of Jerry West, among others. So the search won’t be limited to known candidates like GSW asst. GM Travis Schlenk. One situation to monitor is Indiana. If Larry Bird is truly interested in returning to the franchise, Kevin Pritchard becomes an option. Ranadive could also make a run at Bird. In this search, there’s no reason Ranadive won’t swing for the fences, which is why San Antonio’s R.C. Buford came up, even though most don’t expect there to be any interest from Buford.
League sources told CBSSports.com that one of the possibilities that Leiweke has identified is teaming Pritchard with Oklahoma City assistant GM Troy Weaver, whose name has been attached to several front-office searches in the past two years. It is unclear whether the Raptors have reached out to the Thunder to ask permission to interview Weaver, though it is highly unlikely that Oklahoma City would grant permission for Weaver to entertain a lateral move.
The Toronto Raptors have asked permission to interview Pacers general manager Kevin Pritchard to head up their basketball operations, league sources told CBSSports.com on Friday. As with similar requests from teams to speak with assistant coach Brian Shaw for head coaching vacancies, the Pacers have indicated that they prefer to wait until their season is over to grant permission for interviews. The Pacers trail the Heat 1-0 in the Eastern Conference finals, with Game 2 on Friday night in Miami. Pritchard, the former Trail Blazers GM who was hired by the Pacers at the behest of former team president Larry Bird, is said to be extremely happy in Indiana
And some sources are quick to suggest it’s not just a matter of finalizing a contract with the 43-year-old Ujiri, whose contract with the Nuggets expires this year. New MLSE chief executive officer Tim Leiweke, who will make the final decision on Colangelo’s replacement, may be looking to make an even bigger splash with his first hire on the job. However, the list of potential candidates doesn’t suggest there’s going to be much of a “wow” factor to the new front office addition. The only other outside names that have been mentioned privately in NBA circles are Indiana GM Kevin Pritchard and Troy Weaver of the Oklahoma City Thunder, both solid front office personnel but hardly the kind of ‘rock star’ hire many expected Leiweke would be able to pull off.
Kevin Pritchard: So proud of the team! And so thankful to be a Pacer. 33 years ago I dreamed of being here with this organization!