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Reactions Pour in After Death of Blazers Owner Paul Allen, Olshey and McGowan Issue Statements

Social media reactions have offered their respects for Allen following news of his passing.

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Following the news of the passing of Portland Trail Blazers owner Paul Allen, a flood of respects have gone out to Allen and his family. Here’s how people in the NBA, NFL and elsewhere are remembering him:

Blazers President of Basketball Operations Neil Olshey issued the following statement:

“It was an honor and a privilege to know and work for Paul Allen these past six years. He was a man of unparalleled passion, creativity and vision that expected those with whom he surrounded himself to strive for the same standards of excellence he held himself to. I will miss his leadership in finding solutions to our challenges and am deeply saddened we will no longer be able to share the joys of our successes. My heartfelt condolences go out to the entire Allen family and all that knew and loved him.”

Blazers President and CEO Chris McGowan offered his own thoughts:

“I was fortunate to work with Paul Allen for the last six years, get to know him and witness all the passion he put into making the world a better place. He was an amazing mentor and a great leader for our organization. He truly loved the Trail Blazers franchise, our city, our players, coaches and employees. We are deeply saddened by his loss and the thoughts of Rip City are with his family.”

Blazer’s Edge offers condolences to Mr. Allen’s family.