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Blazers owner will enjoy prime spot for his “megayacht” at Olympics

Nov 15, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

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File this under the “any time I think the players can wait out the owners slap me”…

Lockout hardliner and Trail Blazers owner — not to mention Microsoft co-founder — Paul Allen is going to enjoy the Olympics in London next summer like the rest of us. Heck, it might well be the next time we get to see NBA stars like Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Kevin Durant and others play with anything meaningful on the line.

But Paul Allen is going to have better accommodations than you. From the blog Haute Living (via Ben Golliver of Blazers Edge):

With the 2012 Olympics in London just around the corner, the race for position among megayacht owners is well underway. Berths for about 30 yachts are being prepared around London’s waterways for the big event, but most of them will only accommodate smaller vessels…. Only one of moorings will be able to accommodate a truly enormous yacht – and word is Microsoft billionaire Paul Allen has already snagged it for his 414 ft. Octopus, the world’s 12th largest, the Australian reports.

I don’t want to make this into a “why is he a hardliner he could afford to give back to the players and end this lockout” thing (even though he could). Paul Allen made his money in the tech industry and one would think has made money on the Blazers during his ownership (remember he bought the franchise for just $70 million it’s now worth more than $350 million, but his accountants claim he’s lot money). If he chooses to ruin a league for the sake of being frugal, that’s up to him.

But if you own a megayacht that has it’s own pool, a 63-foot “service ship” to go with it, two helicopters, two submarines, and (as Eric Freeman points out) its own Wikipedia page, why do you name it “Octopus?” Is that really the best, most creative name you could come up with? Really?

You can do better Paul Allen. On all fronts. Well, except yacht parking spots.

  1. elcomandanteenjefe - Nov 15, 2011 at 7:16 PM

    Those players and their lockout are making it tough on this guy!

  2. rajbais - Nov 15, 2011 at 8:03 PM

    SHUT UP YOU TEAM KILLING, BILL GATES PROJECT FREELOADING, FORTUNE DESTROYING DOUCHEBAG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. rajbais - Nov 15, 2011 at 8:05 PM

    THANKS TO IDIOTS LIKE YOU PEOPLE HATE THE NBA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    WANT MORE HATERS???
    GO SIGN THUGS AND “JAILBLAZERS” LIKE DARIUS MILES, RUBEN PATTERSON, AND SHAWN KEMP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • rajbais - Nov 15, 2011 at 8:06 PM

      OH WAIT!!!! YOU DID ACQUIRE THUGS AND “JAILBLAZERS” LIKE DARIUS MILES, RUBEN PATTERSON, AND SHAWN KEMP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. mondogarage - Nov 15, 2011 at 8:13 PM

    Now I see why the owners need to make moar moniez. Octopus goes thorugh a lot of gas. Wow. Okay, TrailBlazers, pony up, your boss needs 500,000 gallons of hi test. Stat!

  5. acieu - Nov 15, 2011 at 11:11 PM

    The real value of an NBA franchise is determined when they ate sold. They can’t sell most of them. See Atlanta.

  6. sdelmonte - Nov 16, 2011 at 8:40 AM

    It’s times like this that I’d rather blame Allen for all my Blue Screens of Death than Gates. One seems to revel in his wealth without limit. The other is giving all his wealth away. (OK, to be fair, I don’t know what Allen gives to charity, but I can’t see Gates owning a megayacht these days. Or, for that matter, a basketball team.)

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