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Jaynes: Blazers Owner Paul Allen Seeking Bailout?

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Dwight Jaynes of CSNNW.com writes that it is ironic for Portland Trail Blazers owner Paul Allen, who has been criticized for his role in this week's failed labor negotiations, to be asking for a restructured economic system in the NBA after years of maintaining high player payrolls. ---------------------------------- This is the owner who has overpaid players for years. And he hasn't changed much. The Blazers went out last season and added Gerald Wallace's contract to their payroll. And with a chance to keep Andre Miller and his expiring contract, shipped him off for Raymond Felton and even more long-term dough. And this on the heels of those long-term extensions to Brandon Roy and LaMarcus Aldridge, as well as the elephant in the room -- Greg Oden and his contract. If Allen were truly concerned about the finances of operating an NBA team, why did he make those moves to push his team into luxury tax territory? ---------------------------------- Jaynes concludes that Allen's stance in light of his actions "smacks of a guy asking the league to bail him out of problems he's created." NBPA executive director Billy Hunter (here) and union lawyer Jeffrey Kessler (here) called out Allen publicly for his role in the NBA's labor breakdown. Another report referred to Allen as the "Grim Reaper" in the failed labor negotiations. Here's Dave's take on Allen's role. -- Ben Golliver | benjamin.golliver@gmail.com | Twitter
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