The Rose Garden/Paul Allen story continues to percolate. I could cut and paste quotes from Helen Jung's work, but I'd just end up screwing it up anyway, so I suggest you go directly to the source. Here is the article she wrote for today's Oregonian, and here is the copy of David Stern's full letter to Portland Arena Managment. To be perfectly honest, some of this stuff goes over my head, and Helen is, in my opinion, the foremost accessible authority on the matter. By the way, did you know that Helen worked the Iraq beat in Iraq for the Oregonian? Anyone who's got the stones to take on that assignment, let alone make any sense of it, has far more valuable opinions than anything I churn out.
Update:The AP has this to add. I'm unimpressed.