HoopsHype Paul Allen rumors

July 25, 2012 Updates
July 16, 2012 Updates

Why isn't Phil Jackson the president of the Blazers? Peter Vecsey: Sources close to Phil, and I mean very close to Phil, tipped me off to the fact that he was definitely interested in the president's job and still is. There was contact made before Olshey had the job and he was supposed to meet with Paul Allen. Once Olshey came in, that never happened. The perception from his people is that he was frozen out. He thought Olshey didn't want the power to shift, obviously, because that's what would happen. As far as coaching goes, so they offer him the coaching job. That's not really what he wanted. As I wrote the other day, his people told me he would have come on board as an assistant for Brian Shaw at home games. People scoff at that, like he's too big to coach. He's been through a lot -- I'm not going to try to defend him -- he went through another hip surgery or knee surgery, a replacement, he had a number of them. He had to sit in a special chair the last few years. I think he wanted a year off from coaching, maybe never come back and coach. But it did interest him and it still interests him to be the president of the Blazers. Blazers Edge

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"His mind is not there in Portland. Out of that meeting with the Blazers (on Thursday), we hoped they would allow him to live his dream. The best case scenario is a sign-and-trade and we understand that. Hopefully, Paul Allen would never stand in the way of his dream to play for the Timberwolves,” is what Nicolas Batum's agent, Bouna Ndiaye, told CSNNW.com Saturday evening. CSNNW.com

July 6, 2012 Updates
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Blazers owner Paul Allen plans to visit Botswana before NBA season w/ express purpose of seeing a baby elephant: "I love Africa, unfortunately because of my mom's passing I missed the chance to see a new baby elephant in Botswana. I wanted to see a new baby elephant, Morona (spelling?), I did not see that elephant yet, I'm probably going to go back before the season starts and hopefully see her." via Blazers.com Sulia

June 28, 2012 Updates
June 27, 2012 Updates

The nagging question that followed Pritchard out of Portland, where he was forced out by owner Paul Allen and his minions, was his personality. He rubbed a lot of people the wrong way. He was viewed as being too brash, too quick to grab the credit when things went well. He also made mistakes, reportedly complaining to people around the league about his relatively paltry salary. Indianapolis Star

June 26, 2012 Updates

Pritchard has a great eye for talent, and is a hard-working person who you could find at the practice facility on Christmas Eve or the 4th of July. But what the Pacers also have is someone who has been humbled dramatically by the last few years sitting on the bench, watching from the sidelines. Remember, Paul Allen began looking for Pritchard's replacement while KP was still on the job. Ouch. Oregonian

June 16, 2012 Updates
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Cho won't say anything bad about the Blazers or owner Paul Allen, but he can't help but feel bitter. What began with such promise after a four-hour interview on a yacht in Helsinki ended with a phone call from President Larry Miller telling him it was over almost before it started, with little or no explanation. "It wasn't the right fit," Cho says. "I'm in a great place now." Portland Tribune

June 13, 2012 Updates

Blazers owner Paul Allen mocks the constant rumors that his team is for sale: "It's mysterious. There are these mysterious figures lurking in the background whispering things. Who are they?" Sulia

June 11, 2012 Updates

One of the least mentioned stories of the playoffs is the lame duck status of Thunder coach Scott Brooks. The assumption with that team is they’d tie him up after the season, like Dallas did with lame duck Rick Carlisle, and Brooks wouldn’t leave that talent. But new Portland GM Neil Olshey is a huge fan of Brooks’, and you wonder if the holdup in hiring a new coach in Portland is that he is waiting to see if Paul Allen’s money could sway Brooks NBA.com

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