The Blazers Basketball Team
Commonly referred to as the Blazers by fans and media, the Portland Trail Blazers are a basketball team playing professioanlly in Portland, Oregon U.S.A. Before moving to the Rose Garden (now known as Moda Center) in 1995, the team’s home games were played at the Memorial Coliseum.
As a member of the Western Conference Northwest Division of the league, the Blazers team competes in the National Basketball Association (NBA). In 1970, the franchise was only an expansion team when it got into the league and since then it has been enjoying a strong following.
So far, only three conference titles (1977, 1990, 1992) and one NBA championship (1977) have been won by the team. 814 consecutive home games were sold from 1977 through 1995 – apart from the Boston Red Sox, no other team has surpassed this record which is the longest sellout streak ever to be experienced in any major American professional sports.
Though in five of their first six seasons as well as in each of their first four seasons, the Trail Blazers finished last, however, the performance of forward-center Sidney wicks is worthy of note. During those years, he was named an all-star in each of his four NBA seasons. 1971 was the year he was drafted by the team and he made history in 4 consecutive years.
It was not until 1976-77, that the team experienced a stunning turnaround when the franchise made an impressive win during the regular season. It is important to note that this was their first winning record (49-33) ever to be posted. Along with guard Lionel Hollins, the team featured a front line of Maurice Lucas who was selected in the dispersal draft and Bill Walton and hired Jack Ramsay as head coach.
Together with the team’s stellar play and the two move, the Blazers were able to beat Los Angeles Lakers, Denver Nuggets, and the Chicago Bulls to advance to the finals of the competition. At the NBA finals, Portland later stormed back to grab the final four games from hands of the Philadelphia 76ers who had won the first two games already.
Interestingly, Hack Ramsay was able to lead the Trail Blazers to win the championship in his first as the team’s head coach. Bill Walton was named the NBA Finals MVP in 1997. While with the Trail Blazers, he was also selected as the NBA Regular Season MVP in 1978. The team also made several firsts after returning to the playoffs.
Clyde Drexler was drafted in the Trail Blazers as the 14th pick in 1983 and later grew to become the team’s all-time leading rebounder and scorer. He played 12 seasons with the franchise. Today, the blazers basketball team is owned and managed by Microsoft’s co-founder Paul Allen.
Last modified: March 12, 2017