Originally Posted by improbus
I don't have any direct information about his disdain for the Blazers front office and it is perfectly possible that his retirement was entirely clear of any of my insinuations. But, they are on their 4th GM in a the last two years, running off Pritchard and Rich Cho (who both have jobs as GM's again) and their owner is mercurial to say the least. They hired an entirely new assistant coaching staff (the loss of Monty Williams was huge).
It is all circumstantial of course, so I am most likely wrong.
I totally get what you're saying, and it's undoubtedly true. It's a dysfunctional organization and it starts at the very top, but, I guess all I'm saying is the Roy/City of Portland relationship was akin to a Barry Larkin and Cincinnati (yes, I realize how that turned out) or a Bernie Kosar and Cleveland type deal, where a player is the city's athletic identity. Roy got the credit for dragging the Blazers back to relevance.
Here's hoping Hibbert ends up in Portland. I think it would be overpaying him, but four years of a Top 6-7 NBA Center is something I'm willing to see my team spend some cash on.
Still have a long way to go though. The Lillard and, to a lesser extent, Barton picks have me excited about the rookies. Leonard's a wild card as far as I'm concerned.