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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

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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

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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

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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

June 6, 2012 Updates

Olshey said he is “open to anything” in terms of retaining members of the current Blazer management staff, including Buchanan (director of college scouting), Mike Born (director of NBA scouting) and assistant GMs Bill Branch and Steve Rosenberry. Olshey is scheduled to leave on a Wednesday morning flight to Chicago to join the others at the pre-draft camp there. “They are all really good guys,” Olshey said. “All I said to them was, ‘We’re working together. Don’t make this seem like an audition process, like you’re being evaluated. Create work product, share in the vision we’re trying to establish and all those other things will take care of themselves.’ Portland Tribune

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