The Portland City Council honored the 2018-19 Portland Trail Blazers by proclaiming June 12, 2019 as Portland Trail Blazers Day to show recognition for the team’s best season since 2000. Head coach Terry Stotts and president of basketball operations Neil Olshey both attended the ceremony.
KGW’s Jared Cowley relayed some of Olshey’s glowing remarks during the ceremony about owner Jody Allen:
Trail Blazers president of basketball operations Neil Olshey, speaking before the Portland City Council this morning: "No organization has a greater owner right now than Jody Allen."— Jared Cowley (@jaredcowley) June 12, 2019
"Her motivating us every day led to acquiring Rodney Hood, it led to acquiring Enes Kanter. It helped see us through when Jusuf Nurkic went down, and the adversity we faced, and staff members that faced cancer, and car accidents, and all the things this team has overcome."— Jared Cowley (@jaredcowley) June 12, 2019
"I think if you saw her at games, you saw how invested she was in this franchise. I want to thank her in front of this body for everything Jody has done for this organization." #RipCity— Jared Cowley (@jaredcowley) June 12, 2019
Olshey also took time during the ceremony to recognize Damian Lillard for winning the NBA’s citizenship award. You can find full video of the council gathering here (the Blazers potion of the meeting starts at about 7:15 in the video):