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Teacher's Pet: Pacers GM Hopes To Repeat Seminar With Fans

Pacers GM Kevin Pritchard said Friday's seminar that he held for fans interested in learning about working in an NBA front office was “fantastic” and he was “amazed at how engaged they really were.” Pritchard: “It immediately went into what you’d think it would go into, and that is: why don’t you do these trades? Why aren’t these trades available? And so we talked a lot about making trades and how we do our process for trades.” Pritchard said he tried not to withhold information when fielding questions from any of the event's eight participants. “I tried to give everybody an opportunity to see what it was like and then ultimately, how they would make their decisions.” The seminar lasted for about an hour and 20 minutes, and the attendees were given homework to e-mail back. Pritchard said he is certain he will host the seminar again, adding, “I don’t know if it’s going to be in a month, or next year or when, but we will do it again." There were 1,900 fans to sign up in the state of Indiana alone, and Pritchard said of the demand, "I’d like to be able to do it to where I get more people in there, but I’d still be able to keep it intimate enough that you can be very specific and try to help as much as you can.” He added, "We’ve talked about writing a book on how to be a GM. Make it more like a text book format instead of something you buy at Barnes & Noble. That seems to be coming up more and more so we’re going to explore that.” He said that effort could include talking to many GMs across different sports.
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