Allen: Not going to predict team's success
Trail Blazer owner Paul Allen showed up for the season’s first practice Tuesday and brought a message of optimism and excitement about the upcoming year.
“There are going to be a lot of great stories this year,” he said.
“We have turned the page and gone into a new era here.
“Seeing all the new players blend in, seeing the defense improve -- that’s going to translate into many more wins than we had last year.”
Allen looked back on changes made prior to last season and talked frankly about letting all those storylines play out.
“Basically, I think there were some, if you were the owner, somewhat discourage times,” he said. “And you have to bear down and say, ‘OK, we need to make some changes -- bring in a new GM, make a coaching change and so forth… executive changes.’
“And that’s all come together. Obviously we’ve had some success in Seattle (the Seahawks) with making wholesale changes. And now we have to see how that’s going to evolve in Portland.”
Obviously. But what’s nice to see from a reporter’s perspective is Allen not only at practice, but willing to share his observations with media. He’s not always been as available as he’s been during the last year. I think Trail Blazer fans appreciate his enthusiasm and involvement.
And I must add, here's some personal enjoyment there, too. He's a most interesting man to speak with, whatever the topic.
“It’s going to be super interesting to see how the season evolves and I hope the fans are as excited about it as I am,” he said.