HoopsHype Paul Allen rumors

June 26, 2013 Updates

It's unclear whether the Trail Blazers would consider signing Pekovic to an offer sheet as retribution for Batum or whether a signing would merely be business in the NBA. At the least, however, Pekovic's free-agent status makes the Wolves vulnerable for payback from Portland, which could make Minnesota overpay considerably to retain their popular 6-foot-11, 290-pounder. I asked Wolves owner Glen Taylor on Tuesday if he's aware of the possibility. "Yep, we think about that," Taylor said. Taylor is a billionaire. Portland owner Paul Allen is a billionaire 15 times over. It's unclear whether Allen is a vindictive sort. "I don't know if they would do that or not," Taylor said of the Trail Blazers. St. Paul Pioneer Press

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The Trail Blazers continued their workouts in preparation for the June 27 NBA draft with their first solo workout of this offseason. The player: Indiana big man Cody Zeller. Zeller, a 7-foot, 240-pound big man, is considered a probable lottery pick who figures to go right in the range of Portland's No. 10 spots. One sign that the Blazers are seriously considering Zeller: Owner Paul Allen is attending the workout. Oregonian

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Microsoft founder and American billionaire Paul Allen will appear in a Botswana court in October for allegedly attempting to smuggle giraffe bones to the US. According to the King County Superior Court, a safari guide was arrested and detained in Maun, Botswanaメs tourism capital, by customs officials after the Microsoft co-founder and current Seahawks owner (Allen) and his sister Jody, tried to sneak home the bones while on safari in Botswana. Court papers charge that a review of the trip to Botswana by the Allens had revealed a pattern of illegality. モThe acts I have witnessed and had to engage in to perform my job to the expectations of my principals leave me with no choice other than to constructively terminate my employment,ヤ reads a statement by one of Allenメs bodyguards. Africa Review

May 4, 2013 Updates

Billionaire Paul Allen may be one of the richest men in the world with top-notch security, but even he isn’t immune from identity theft. A man accused of stealing Allen’s identity and racking up charges on his credit card is set to plead guilty for his crimes, according to federal prosecutors. Allen owns the Portland Trail Blazers and Seattle Seahawks and was a co- founder of Microsoft. Brandon Lee Price of Pittsburgh will plead guilty to four counts of bank fraud, according to Margaret Philbin, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney in Pittsburgh. Price is set to change his plea during a court appearance in a few weeks. KATU.com

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Q: How would you assess the first seasons of Olshey and Stotts? A: “I think they’re both doing a very good job. Obviously, here at the end of the season, we’ve had — injuries can really get you. Between Wes (Matthews) and Nic (Batum) and (LaMarcus Aldridge) having issues with his ankle and so forth, there’s just been, that can always — especially when you don’t have as much depth as you would like — that can really hurt you. I think you saw Terry institute that new brand of basketball to start out the season. I think it’s, as compared to the styles we’ve had previous seasons, I think it’s a refreshing, unselfish style. In terms of what Neil did, I think we did very well on the draft. I don’t think there’s any question about that. And I think getting Eric Maynor at the trading deadline, that was a nice move. So we’re positioning ourselves with the future, with cap room, draft picks, flexibility. So it’s going to be a very interesting offseason.” Oregonian

Q: Were you surprised that the team was in playoff contention for so long? Paul Allen: “I think everybody was. For example, Damian is a better player than we even anticipated. I think I said this before the draft. So that was good. The way to team gelled and played a different style, with more flow, more movement, style of basketball, that was encouraging to see. Now, here in the latter part of the season, our defense has not been up to the standards we want to have in the future. So we’re going to have to look at different ways to explore improving that for next season.” Oregonian

Q: Is it safe to say you still enjoy owning the team and have no plans to sell it? A: “That is correct. In spite of strange reports from unknown places.” Q: Did you read that story? A: “I read some of it. And I was disappointed again [laughter in the room]. Secret meetings that never happened. Yeah, I read enough to say, ‘Not accurate. Extremely, extremely inaccurate.’” Oregonian

Q: Where do you stand on the Sacramento-Seattle basketball relocation situation? A: I think there was a league announcement that said there wasn’t going to be a decision at this owner’s meeting. If there was, I would be back in New York, talking to people and forming my final opinion. I think it’s a tough call. Because, although I supported the Sonics staying in Seattle when they ended up leaving, I think in general, there’s some feeling that if there’s good fan support in an area and there’s good political support sufficient enough to have a state-of-the-art facility, that’s more than enough to keep a franchise in the same place. Then you can get all the parameters of who’s made the best offer, who hasn’t made the best offer, all those things. So it’s a very difficult thing. And, of course, Steve Ballmer is a very good friend of mine. I think he’d be a great owner. So I reserve my final decision.” Oregonian

March 8, 2013 Updates

McGowan is in the preliminary stages of selling the Rose Garden’s naming rights. He hired a company called “Premier Partnership” to facilitate the process. They have a list of about 100 businesses — some local, some national — that have a likelihood of interest. Three or four presentations have already been scheduled. “We’re getting pretty good feedback,” he says. “It could be a local company, which would be great, or it could be a (national) blue-chip brand.” Portland Tribune

McGowan would like to have a contract in place before the 2013-14 NBA season. It’s not a done deal, though, that he’ll make a deal at all. “It’s good for our organization to have this revenue stream,” he says. “All of it would get reinvested into what we do on the court. There are only three NBA teams that don’t have (a naming rights deal). “But I’m going to be very cautious about it. I’m not going to do a deal with the wrong brand. We’re the Portland Trail Blazers. The Rose Garden has a great name. It’s not something we have to do, which is a good position to be in. There are a lot of companies that have to get deals done. We’re not one of them.” Portland Tribune

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