HoopsHype Paul Allen rumors

October 23, 2014 Updates

Billionaire Trail Blazers owner Paul Allen announced Thursday he was pledging at least $100 million to fight Ebola. The gift is believed to be the largest private donation to combat the deadly disease and support health care workers in West Africa. The gift from the co-founder of Microsoft includes an estimated $26.5 million already donated to organizations such as the American Red Cross, to pay for equipment, volunteers and educational materials, and the Centers for Disease Control Foundation, to establish emergency operations centers in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, the nations at the epicenter of the epidemic. Oregonian

September 30, 2014 Updates

Q: It was reported this summer that you went to Los Angeles this summer to present a contract extension to LaMarcus Aldridge. Can you talk about why you did that? Paul Allen: I just thought it was very important that we have a direct discussion with LA. It went great. We presented him with a couple of options and obviously he thinks the option of being unrestricted next season and of course looking at a very long extension is the one he chose to pursue. We understand that, but we thought we should talk through all those things. It was just great to be able to sit down with LA and get a chance to really understand his thinking about the team. He’s very excited about the team. You guys talked to him at media day yesterday and I hope you got that sense, too. Forward Center

September 12, 2014 Updates

Microsoft co-founder and Trail Blazers owner Paul Allen has announced he is expanding his efforts to help fight the Ebola outbreak in Africa with a $9 million donation to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Allen's donation Thursday to the CDC Foundation will be used to build and equip emergency operations centers and train staff in the three most affected countries. In August, the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation announced a $2.8 million gift to the American Red Cross to provide equipment, train workers and produce education materials in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. His foundation also set up a $100,000 matching grant program through GlobalGiving to encourage others to help stop the virus. Oregonian

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Owner Paul Allen was doused with a bucket of ice water during a trip to Africa, answering separate challenges from Blazers All-Star LaMarcus Aldridge and Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson. After enduring the freezing bath, Allen shouted: "Holy cow!" Aldridge challenged the Blazers' owner before dousing himself with water after he was challenged by a host of people, including teammate Wesley Matthews. Here's a clip of Allen answering Aldridge's challenge: Oregonian

June 1, 2014 Updates

Former Microsoft executive Steve Ballmer has signed an agreement to purchase the Los Angeles Clippers from Shelly Sterling for $2 billion, and Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen sounds delighted by the development. Allen posted the following statement of support for Ballmer on his website on Saturday. "Steve Ballmer would make an excellent owner for the Los Angeles Clippers. I encouraged him to consider acquiring an NBA team because of his strong passion for the game. Once the deal is finalized, I look forward to welcoming him to the league." Blazers Edge

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After signing Stephen Colbert to succeed David Letterman on “Late Night“ — trumping the CNN upfront presentation with the announcement — Moonves is moving to “Billionaires Beach.” Page Six has exclusively learned Moonves has bought Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen’s home on Malibu’s prestigious Carbon Beach for $28 million. Allen bought the gorgeous, white-walled and glass modern oceanfront house for $25 million in 2010. New York Post

April 11, 2014 Updates

What happens when "Portlandia" meets the Portland Trail Blazers? As Thursday's Season 4 episode demonstrated, there was plenty of opportunity for humor as Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein's feminist bookstore owner characters decided to raise the consciousness of the NBA team's Blazer Dancers. Blazer players LaMarcus Aldridge, Thomas Robinson, Robin Lopez and Damian Lillard also turned up. Blazers owner Paul Allen even made an appearance, though in a different sketch. Oregonian

April 5, 2014 Updates

Here's a cool nugget that came out of doing some background research for the story on McGowan. Remember when Blazers owner Paul Allen was caught on camera during a game with a white board? Many speculated that he was drawing up a play or somehow partaking in a basketball strategy session. In fact, Allen was sketching out a t-shirt design concept that the Blazers will be rolling out during the playoffs. I have seen mock-ups of the shirts -- which will be available in different models for each of the starters -- and they look excellent. Blazers Edge

February 17, 2014 Updates

The Portland Trail Blazers have made it known that the city of Portland wishes to host NBA All-Star Weekend. The year 2017 was the first opening the organization was shooting for after the mid-season extravaganza visits New York in 2015 and Toronto in 2016. CSNNW.com

But according to a league source, 2017 is now out of the question for Portland due to the tirelessly slow process of getting a Hyatt Regency convention-size hotel approved which would reside at the Oregon Convention Center. Funding and hotel competitors appear to be the main obstacles holding the project up. A city official told CSNNW.com that they do expect to eventually break ground on the project, but adds that now the earliest the hotel can be constructed is in the year 2017. CSNNW.com

January 30, 2014 Updates

"They did a remarkable job with the remodel here," Stotts says. "When it was built, it was extremely functional and the best around at the time. Now after the remodel and expansion, I don't know if there's one better in the league." If one person deserves credit for pushing the project through, it's second-year general manager Neil Olshey, who convinced owner Paul Allen to provide the capital to update Portland's facility. "It shows commitment," Olshey says. "It has become an arms race around the league. This used to be a unique building. It was one of the first in the league that had its own practice facility. Now it's commonplace. Portland Tribune

Adds Olshey: "The dining room has become the showpiece. This has become the biggest impact spot, more than any other area in the building. Every morning you come in and guys are sitting together like a family, eating breakfast and sharing time together. After practice, guys are lingering, whether they're getting treatment or watching games. It's the lounge concept in a dining room." Portland Tribune

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