As the Portland Trail Blazers head to Utah to face the Jazz on Christmas Day, the Blazer’s Edge Staff is compiling a list of Christmas wishes for the team. We asked each staffer to give one, simple wish to improve Portland’s lot. We’ll present them to you throughout the holiday.
Up next is Steve Dewald.
Christmas is upon us, and for my Blazers-themed wish, I am hoping that the Trail Blazers next owner is a person that has a basic understanding of Portland’s history.
It goes without saying that I am sending my thoughts to Paul Allen’s family as they spend this December without him. With that said, I have my own set of wishes for Portland’s NBA future. When the new ownership situation is eventually settled, I hope the new front office displays a commitment to the city and its history.
Each new NBA owner must learn some lessons that hard way, but there are a few parts of the Blazers’ history I would like to see go un-repeated. From television agreements on the business side, to talent-over-character acquisitions on the basketball side—I’m hopeful that the new regime can avoid repeating history.