HoopsHype Paul Allen rumors

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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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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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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