HoopsHype Paul Allen rumors

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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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It ranks just below his first day, when he was introduced to the media and staff during a press conference at the Rose Garden. He appeared uneasy, and labored through his statement while giving vague answers to questions about his track record and management style. At first blush, he looked like a kid overmatched with responsibility, providing the perfect fodder for speculation that he was merely a puppet to the mysterious and powerful Vulcans in Seattle, who run owner Paul Allen's empire. "I'm not going to lie," McGowan said. "It was my first press conference and I was nervous." Oregonian

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"A great hire for a great franchise," texted Carlisle, who was an assistant in Portland early in his coaching career. "Terry was a big part of our championship success in Dallas, and we wish him the very best. He has the great fortune of going to work for Paul Allen, who, along with Mark Cuban, is one of the best owners in the NBA." ESPN.com

August 3, 2012 Updates

Dallas Mavericks assistant coach Terry Stotts and Portland Trail Blazers interim head coach Kaleb Canales are traveling to London this weekend to meet with owner Paul Allen in what will be the final phase of interviews to determine who will be the Trail Blazers next head coach, CSNNW.com has learned. A decision is expected soon after in order to fill out the rest of the coaching staff in a timely fashion. Tuesday, the Trail Blazers finished up round two of the interview process. General manager Neil Olshey and his brass met with Stotts and former Orlando Magic assistant coach Steve Clifford on Monday and on Tuesday, met with Canales and Phoenix Suns assistant Elston Turner. CSNNW.com

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