Thursday, June 29, 2006

Owned?

Lauryn brings up a question that I'm sure is on a lot of our minds:

>>WHY was PA paying out and buying up draft picks if he doesn't have a vested interest in this team much longer? That is the story behind the story in my opinion. Does that seem logical to you?<<

I batted this one around in my head for a while too. I came up with two possibilities:

1. He's still going to own the team.

2. He decided if he's going to go out, he's going out his way. Last night was certainly more old-school Paul Allen than the recent vintage. Wheeling...dealing...free (some might say frivolous) spending...it almost felt like 1999.

Unhelpful, isn't it? The truth is nobody has ever known what's going on in PA's mind except for PA. I will say one thing however...if the response to the draft is any indication, he's done a good job of reinvigorating the fans and giving them optimism for a while. Six trades and two lottery picks certainly got everybody excited. I think for many it felt like somebody opened the door and let the stale air out and we got some circulation again. So maybe it's a combination of 1 and 2.

Guesses?

--Dave (blazersub@yahoo.com)

4 Comments:

Blogger Rusty said...

Guess 3: He's trying to drive up the value of the team.

I don't believe guess 3, but it's an option. I'm personally of the opinion he's decided to stick around.

11:54 AM  
Blogger Dave said...

I would guess #3 except for the whole LaFrentz/Telfair thing. I think Bassy has more circumstantial/publicity value than Roy and Theo's contract is more palatable than Raef's. If I had to bet I'd be with you, Rusty.

--Dave

11:56 AM  
Anonymous knuckleheads said...

The Blazers schooled the league in how to use $$ to get what you want in the draft. Once other owners figure this out the draft will never be the same.

The actual $$ PA allegedly over-committed are in fact chump change compared to team budgets and worth. It amounts to a rounding error compared to the big-mistake megacontracts that owners are finally becoming desperate to avoid.

Under the collective bargaining agreement, the league is on a anti-tax, lower-salary binge and the only way to do that with the pay scales set is to go younger. So getting exactly who you want in the draft, every year, is going to become the new standard.

The Blazers are more valuable today than yesterday. The Seabass, Theo and VK capital contributions had topped out. Getting 2 of the top 4 or 5 players in a draft is a coup that translates directly into increased attention and thus increased value - no matter who owns the Blazers next year.

It's telling how the Resentment Gang in the media always downtalks our biggest asset - PA's $$ - as if it would make any sense at all to keep his checkbook on the sidelines. It's about time our management team put it to good use.

Now it's time for the other half - dump the knuckleheads and their mega-contracts and avoid making that mistake again.

Then hold them accountable for the results. I think we'll be pleased.

6:45 PM  
Anonymous knuckleheads said...

The Blazers schooled the league in how to use $$ to get what you want in the draft. Once other owners figure this out the draft will never be the same.

The actual $$ PA allegedly over-committed are in fact chump change compared to team budgets and worth. It amounts to a rounding error compared to the big-mistake megacontracts that owners are finally becoming desperate to avoid.

Under the collective bargaining agreement, the league is on a anti-tax, lower-salary binge and the only way to do that with the pay scales set is to go younger. So getting exactly who you want in the draft, every year, is going to become the new standard.

The Blazers are more valuable today than yesterday. The Seabass, Theo and VK capital contributions had topped out. Getting 2 of the top 4 or 5 players in a draft is a coup that translates directly into increased attention and thus increased value - no matter who owns the Blazers next year.

It's telling how the Resentment Gang in the media always downtalks our biggest asset - PA's $$ - as if it would make any sense at all to keep his checkbook on the sidelines. It's about time our management team put it to good use.

Now it's time for the other half - dump the knuckleheads and their mega-contracts and avoid making that mistake again.

Then hold them accountable for the results. I think we'll be pleased.

7:25 PM  

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