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Encyclopedia > Portland Trailblazers
Portland Trail Blazers

The Portland Trail Blazers are a National Basketball Association team based in Portland, Oregon.

Founded: 1970
Home Arena: Rose Garden Arena
Uniform colors: Red and black
Logo design: Five parallel red lines slant right and upward from the bottom and curve left to meet five parallel white lines that curve downward and leftward from the top. It is supposed to represent trails being blazed.
NBA Championships: 1977
Owner: Paul Allen

Early Franchise history

Portland Trail Blazers old logo

On February 6, 1970, the NBA board of governors granted the Blazers franchise, after the Blazers paid $3.7 million to join the league. In that year, the Buffalo Braves and the Cleveland Cavaliers also joined the league. The team was based around Geoff Petrie, a first round draft choice, and the 6'10" (2.08 m) tall LeRoy Ellis, whom they picked up in the expansion draft. Their first season the Blazers finished with a 29-53 record, which although generally poor was the best out of the three new teams to the NBA. The next year, the Blazers won only 18 games, but rookie Sidney Wicks was named Rookie of the Year of the NBA. The Blazers did not beat their first season's record until they drafted Bill Walton from UCLA.

Recent franchise history

Portland Trail Blazers old logo

After nine years as president and general manager, Bob Whitsitt announced his departure from the Trail Blazers on May 7, 2003, stating that he was retiring to focus his attention on the Seattle Seahawks NFL team. However, he had been the subject of continuous criticism from the team's fans and both the local and national press for team performance on the court, as well as player legal troubles off the court. The Blazers announced Steve Patterson as team president June 18, 2003 and announced that John Nash would become general manager on July 15.

Players of note

Basketball Hall of Famers

Not to be forgotten

Retired numbers

  • 1 Larry Weinberg (founding owner)
  • 13 David Twardzik
  • 15 Larry Steele
  • 20 Maurice Lucas
  • 22 Clyde Drexler
  • 32 Bill Walton
  • 36 Lloyd Neal
  • 45 Geoff Petrie
  • 77 Dr. Jack Ramsay (coach; won the team's first and only title in 1977)

Current stars

Coaches and others

Basketball Hall of Famers

External links

National Basketball Association
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Division: Boston Celtics | New Jersey Nets | New York Knicks | Philadelphia 76ers | Toronto Raptors
Central Division: Chicago Bulls | Cleveland Cavaliers | Detroit Pistons | Indiana Pacers | Milwaukee Bucks
Southeast Division: Atlanta Hawks | Charlotte Bobcats | Miami Heat | Orlando Magic | Washington Wizards
Western Conference
Northwest Division: Denver Nuggets | Minnesota Timberwolves | Portland Trail Blazers | Seattle SuperSonics | Utah Jazz
Pacific Division: Golden State Warriors | Los Angeles Clippers | Los Angeles Lakers | Phoenix Suns | Sacramento Kings
Southwest Division: Dallas Mavericks | Houston Rockets | Memphis Grizzlies | New Orleans Hornets | San Antonio Spurs

  Results from FactBites:
BLAZERS: Portland Trail Blazers History (6799 words)
Overall, Portland's first two decades in the league were marked by consistent play, periodic brilliance, and ardent fan support, and were an admirable contribution to the annals of basketball.
Portland entered the NBA Finals as the underdog to the Philadelphia 76ers, led by Julius Erving, the spectacular forward who was reinventing the game with his gravity-defying slam dunks.
Portland posted a 45-37 record in 1980-81 and appeared to be headed in the right direction, but the season had its bumpy patches.
Sports 2000 Numbers - Most Surprising NBA Champs: No. 4, 1976-77 Portland Trail Blazers (1156 words)
Portland's playoff road to the Finals was fairly easy considering that they were not the top seed in the Western Conference.
Portland could not figure out how to stop the Sixers' attack and if the Blzaers were going to have any shot at winning the title, the time to make their move was now.
Portland fans held their breath as Philly threw up a flurry of shots in an effort to force overtime.
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