Powe pursuing dream of owning an NBA team

Powe pursuing dream of owning an NBA team
April 4, 2014, 11:00 pm
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BOSTON — Getting to the NBA was only part of the professional basketball dream Leon Powe had while growing up.

Powe, who was in town representing the '08 Celtics championship team during the Boston Red Sox opening ceremonies on Friday, wants to someday own an NBA team.

"I always wanted to do it," Powe told CSNNE.com prior to Boston's 111-102 loss to Philadelphia. "I had a dream when I was younger to make it to the NBA, and be a businessman."

Although there is not an NBA team currently for sale, Powe said he is in the process of putting together a group of potential investors in case one does hit the open market soon.

A league source told CSNNE.com that two teams that might be made available in the near future are the Milwaukee Bucks and the Orlando Magic.

But on Friday, Powe's focus wasn't as much on future ownership. Instead, he was more locked into enjoying his time back in Boston, a city that's still near and dear to him.

Powe, one of the more unsung heroes who helped bring home Banner 17 in 2008, said he still sees himself as part of the Boston community.

That's why the Boston Marathon bombings last year resonated with him in a way few understood at the time.

"I was deeply upset," said Powe who had a chance to speak with some of those impacted by the bombings, on Friday. "People out west thought it was going to scare everybody (in Boston). I told them, 'they ain't like that.' I consider myself as one of them, too. We're not going to back down from nobody. The bombing and everything, that was bad. But the people are still going to hold it together, hold tight and still run their marathon each year. We're strong in Boston."