Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen may be the happiest sports fan in the world right now. With an estimated net worth of $15 billion, Allen owns both the Seattle Seahawks (Superbowl bound) and the Portland Trail Blazers (32-11). He can be seen sitting courtside at Blazer games with Trail Blazers General Manager Neil Olshey, supporting his NBA investment.
Paul Allen bought the Trail Blazers from Larry Weinberg in 1988; the year Hall-of-Famer Clyde Drexler entered his prime. This season has been the Trail Blazers’ most successful season since Clyde led the team to the Conference Finals in 1991, 23 years ago. That’s a long time to wait on success for any team owner, but especially for one with a life threatening illness.
Allen was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 1982, and though it was treated successfully more than three decades ago, Allen was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2009. Fiscal fortune aside, that’s a tough break. In remission once again, Allen has expressed a strong interest in winning a championship while he has his health to enjoy it.
He could very well get his wish with the Seahawks, but no one expected such a high level of success from the Trail Blazers as well, much less in the same year. The chances are still very slim that Portland wins it all this season, but it’s beginning to look like legitimate contention is not far off. Not bad, eh? There is something to be said for owning two of the best sports teams in the country.