Blazers owner, Microsoft co-founder Allen dies at 65

Paul Allen owned the Trail Blazers since 1989 and the team missed the playoffs just seven times in that span.

Paul Allen, the longtime owner of the Portland Trail Blazers and co-founder of Microsoft, has died of cancer. He was 65.

“Paul Allen was the ultimate trail blazer – in business, philanthropy and in sports,” NBA commissioner Adam Silver said in a prepared statement. “As one of the longest-tenured owners in the NBA, Paul brought a sense of discovery and vision to every league matter large and small.

“He was generous with his time on committee work, and his expertise helped lay the foundation for the league’s growth internationally and our embrace of new technologies.  He was a valued voice who challenged assumptions and conventional wisdom and one we will deeply miss as we start a new season without him.  Our condolences go to his family, friends and the entire Trail Blazers organization.”

Allen announced two weeks ago that he was being treated for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, which he had also been treated for in 2009.

He owned the Trail Blazers since 1989, with the Blazers’ reaching the Finals twice during that span (1990 and 1992). They made the playoffs in all but seven seasons while Allen owned the team.