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Pritchard runs Blazers draft after firing

Updated: June 25, 2010, 7:39 AM ET
Associated Press

PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Portland Trail Blazers fired general manager Kevin Pritchard after six seasons with the team, ending months of speculation that he had fallen out of favor with billionaire owner Paul Allen.

The Oregonian newspaper reported about an hour before the Thursday's NBA draft started that Pritchard had been dismissed. The team confirmed the firing at the conclusion of the night.

"This process was more public and took longer than any of us would have liked, but ...

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