Paul Allen Rumors
A private and introverted man, Allen has almost always made a short speech to his team after a season. But few could recall one ever rivaling Wednesday’s, both in length and emotion. “What he said came from the heart,’’ Damian Lillard said. “You could hear it in his voice. He really meant what he was saying. He saw that we left it out there, and he saw how bad we wanted it. And he felt it, he felt what we did.’’
“He’s talked to us, like good game and stuff like that, but he has never given us a monologue like that, never a speech like that,’’ Maurice Harkless said. “He was very emotional, you could tell it was real genuine what he was saying, and I think everybody felt it.’’
“You know, he’s a very subdued guy usually,’’ Henderson said. “But he got very emotional in saying he was proud of our team and how far we got. He talked about how much hard work and being together can take you. I don’t know if he has a little cold, but throughout, it seemed like he was choked up. And that just goes to show his passion and how important this team is to him.’’
First, understand that the Blazers and Paul Allen’s mothership company, Vulcan, Inc. may not like it. They may even try to stop its production. But the era in which the team was winning at a decent clip while struggling with fascinating personalities and bad team chemistry is an interesting study.
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.