PAUL ALLEN IS THE AL DAVIS OF THE NBA
"Remember, Allen wanted Cho so badly that he romanced him to get him. Allen whisked the longtime Oklahoma City assistant general manager to Helsinki, where they hung out on the owner’s yacht. This was the stuff of true basketball love.
We were told their relationship was instant bliss. In my mind, it made total sense. Two cerebral guys who happen to be uber-intelligent and interested in basketball, sitting in Allen’s hot-tub, talking quantum physics and free agents as if they met on NerdMatch.com.
Ten months later, Allen woke up on a Monday and drowned that guy.
Somewhere, Kevin Pritchard is nodding. And that makes two non-working general managers on the payroll until July 1. Pritchard is still collecting checks until then, and I suppose the consolation for Cho is that he’ll be well paid for his minor role in the play known in Portland as “The Curse of the Accidental Billionaire.”
- John Canzano