Even if there's a lot of bad feeling about our leaders tearing down Memorial Coliseum, we needn't blame our beloved Portland Trail Blazers franchise.
According to one source I recently spoke with who has attended numerous meetings about the future of the Rose Quarter, the Blazers are aware of the affection that exists for Memorial Coliseum and the campaign to preserve the building. And even before the idea of replacing the Coliseum with a minor league baseball park was floated, the Blazers were looking to instead transform the Coliseum into their planned open-air performance venue.
So why didn't the Blazers stand up against Paulsen and the City to oppose the baseball stadium on the Coliseum site? Well, there has been a lot of bad blood in the past between the city and owner Paul Allen, be it over the original building of the Rose Garden or the financial troubles and bankruptcy that ensued in recent years. The Blazers aren't the ones driving the runaway train here, but they're also not really motivated to fight the plan.