NBA All-Star Gets Blatantly Disrespected by the Owner of His Own Team Amid Massive $1.85 Billion Decision

Published 07/08/2022, 7:45 AM EDT
DENVER, CO – MAY 12: Damian Lillard (0) of the Portland Trail Blazers shows signs of frustration early against the Denver Nuggets during the first quarter on Sunday, May 12, 2019. The Denver Nuggets versus the Portland Trail Blazers in game seven of the teams’ second round NBA playoff series at the Pepsi Center in Denver. (Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

NBA All-Star Damian Lillard has a decision to make. Whether the Portland Trail Blazers will be his team next season or whether he chooses to leave them after the disrespect he faced. Dame likely knows that there are many options before him and he probably won’t make a hasty decision.

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This has been exacerbated by the disrespect given to him by team owner Jody Allen. The Trail Blazers player wanted to have a conversation with the owner but she didn’t return his call. After that, he emailed her. Ultimately, she never got back to Dame and instead put him in touch with Bert Kolde, the Blazers’ Vice Chairman.

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Damian Lillard openly has issues with how the team is run. Sources have said that she is not making the critical decisions needed to make the team run smoothly.

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Allen has done the same with Nike owner Phil Knight. He has given a $2 billion bid to buy the Portland Trail Blazers and has received some resistance from Allen. She has said that she won’t leave the team given to her by her brother, Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen after his death in 2018. She has even refused to take calls from him, deferring everything to Kolde. Allen has put this team’s worth at $1.85 billion.

Former Portland Trail Blazers president Larry Miller has said, “I would say [to her], absolutely take the offer.” According to him, she is making a mistake. Miller added, “The Trail Blazers are not as successful as they could have beenJody is deferring everything to Bert, and he is not the right guy for the team.”

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Earlier, owner Paul Allen had the final say even though he would consult with Bert, but that has changed now as Kolde makes all the decisions, according to Miller.

Allen’s tenure has seen harassment and toxic workplace charges

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Jody Allen has allegedly been engaged in sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior. Allen also allegedly harassed her bodyguards and violated US import laws.

Paul Allen, Jody Patton, and Bruce Willis (Photo by Jesse Grant/WireImage)

For violating the franchisee’s code of conduct, Neil Olshey, the Trail Blazers’ president of basketball operations, was dismissed in August 2021. An investigation revealed a decade of workplace toxicity and sexual harassment prevalent in the back offices of the franchise.

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Aditya Kar

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Aditya Kar is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports. A holder of Bachelors and Masters degrees in History, he has been a fan of the NBA since 2011. He has a very keen interest in the stories that define the league and the sport.

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