Wednesday, March 02, 2005


The Portland Trail Blazers have fired head coach Maurice Cheeks. Director of player personnel Kevin Pritchard will be the interim coach.

Cheeks was in the final year of a 4-year deal signed back in 2001. In his tenure in Portland, Cheeks was 162-139 with two playoff appearances. The Blazers are currently 22-33 and have lost 7 out of their last 9 games.

This is just another dark day in the recent history of what was once a proud franchise. The days of "Rip City", Clyde The Glyde, and championship-caliber ballclubs are long gone in the Rose City. Instead, the fans have had to deal with one off-the-court incident after another.

Maurice Cheeks deserves better. There is a coaching vacancy in Minnesota. I would have to think that coaching Kevin Garnett is a dream come true for a man who has had to put up with a bunch of classless individuals over the past 4 seasons.

So what's next for the Blazers? Will this organization ever be able to clean up the mess that Bob Whitsitt made? The fans of Portland deserve better.

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