Kerry Eggers of the Portland Tribune reports that Portland Trail Blazers founder Harry Glickman has some harsh words for owner Paul Allen. Glickman tells a story about Allen requesting he not attend a Blazers practice and suggests that it's time for Allen, who has owned the team since 1988, to sell the franchise.
"I love the club," he says. "I don't like Paul, but I love the club."
Allen, Glickman continued, "is a strange guy. Bucky Buckwalter was named the NBA executive of the year. Paul never called him. John Lashway was named PR director of the year. Paul never called him. Schonely goes into the Hall of Fame, he has never heard from Paul to this day. He's just that kind of a guy."
A few years ago, Glickman wrote an op-ed newspaper piece suggesting it was time for Allen to sell the club.
"I still feel that way," Glickman says. "I don't think they'll be in really good hands until Paul sells the club. He's done his thing. It's time for a change. I'll bet (Commissioner) David Stern has a list of a whole bunch of guys who want to buy NBA franchises. I don't think he'd have any trouble finding an owner or ownership group."
Glickman was recently nominated to the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.
Glickman wrote a commentary in The Oregonian urging Allen to sell the team in 2006.
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