Paul Allen: Trail Blazers not for Sale
Any downgrade in pressure potential draftees thought they might have working out for a team with no head coach in place was quickly halted when a reasonably important figure in the Trail Blazers organization showed up Wednesday: team owner Paul Allen.
Always known as a hands-on owner who looks forward to the draft with great anticipation, Allen sat next to Blazers general manager Neil Olshey and watched prospects participate in pre-draft workouts. He then spoke with reporters for the first time since mid-December.
Among the questions fired Allen’s way pertained to constant speculation that he plans on selling the franchise, a position Allen has repeatedly denied and continued to do so Wednesday.
“I don’t know where that would come from. I don’t understand it,” Allen said. “I’m the person that knows, and I know the answer, and I’ve stated the answer multiple times that the team’s not for sale. So it’s mysterious. There are mysterious figures lurking in the background whistling things, but who are they? Only a few people know.”