Paul Allen Rumors
His Microsoft compatriot, Paul Allen, owns both the Seattle Seahawks and the Portland Trail Blazers and is worth $17.5 billion (40th overall in Forbes rankings). Rounding out the top five are Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross at $12 billion (80th), Los Angeles Kings owner Phil Anschutz at $9.7 billion (108th) and Denver Nuggets, Colorado Avalanche and Los Angeles Rams owner Stan Kroenke at $7.7 billion (148th). Kroenke’s wife Ann is worth $4.5 billion, according to Forbes.
Q: Do you feel a little betrayed by LaMarcus Aldridge’s exodus to San Antonio? Paul Allen: “No. I think LaMarcus had a lot of options. We went down to Dallas, Neil (Olshey) and I pitched him and he chose to go a different direction. We made it to his last few choices and he was good enough to call me up and explain his decision and all that. It’s tough for a franchise, because we were all thinking that we had a real shot at getting him back. But in the end, he chose to go a different direction and now it’s a new day. We’ve moved on and I think you can feel the excitement and the energy in the gym now.”
Q: Fair to call this a rebuild? Paul Allen: “Rebuild. Retool. We’re bringing, I think, six players back from last year’s playoff roster, so that’s a big transition. That’s nine new players. So, yeah, it’s definitely a transition. But once you embrace that and see what these new players do — and I hope you get a sense of that as the games start here Monday — that’s exciting. And it’s going to be an exciting season for the fans.”
Q: Where’s your confidence level with Neil Olshey? Paul Allen: “Great. Neil and I work hand in hand. We recruited LA. We talked to other players. We got through strategy frequently in the offseason. Now it’s exciting to start to see some basketball again. The offseason seems longer and longer, I guess, as the years go by. So I’m excited to get back into it.”
Q: How confident are you that the NBA will avoid another work stoppage when it comes time to negotiate a new CBA? Paul Allen: “That is so hard to predict and I’m sure if I did predict it, I’d get fined. So I’m not going to try to predict. Clearly the league and the players are doing very well financially with these new contracts. So there are ongoing discussions but I can’t comment any further than that.”