Found October 22, 2011 on
The NBA players union believed it had made progress in negotiations with the owners on Wednesday, but the arrival of the most free-spending owner in the league on Thursday blew up any positive momentum, Yahoo! Sports reports. Paul Allen, known for building the Portland Trail Blazers into the successful-yet-shameful "Jail Blazers" of the late-1990s and early 2000s by handing out huge contracts to players of questionable skill and character, trudged into Manhattan on Thursday. He wasn't there to move the sides toward reconciliation, Adrian Wojnarowski reports. "He was a presence to stand there, the richest American owner in sports warning...
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