The Portland Trail Blazers is a professional basketball team from the United States of America. In 1977, they won their first and, so far, only NBA Championship.

Team Profile

The Portland Trail Blazers also known simply as Portland or the Trail Blazers, were established in 1970. They play in the National Basketball Association in the Western Conference and the Northwest Division.

Their current home arena is Moda Center in Portland, Oregon. Their team colors are red, black, and white. They are affiliated with the Rip City Remix in the NBA G League.

As of 2024, the team’s Head Coach is Chauncey Billups.

History

In the early years of the team’s existence, it failed to qualify for the NBA postseason in its first six years. The team was led by Geoff Petrie and Sidney Wicks.

In that season due to internal matters and the team’s very poor performance, the Blazers had to change 3 different head coaches.

In the 1977 season, the American Basketball Association merged with the NBA. The Trail Blazers selected Maurice Lucas in the Dispersal Draft. They also hired Jack Ramsay as head coach. The team opened their first winning record of 49–33, and its first playoff appearance.

Country United States United States
City Portland, Oregon
Founded 1970
Ground Moda Center
Nickname Blazers
Coach Chauncey Billups
Website nba.com/blazers

The team is owned by the Paul G. Allen Estate and the General Manager is Joe Cronin while the Franchise President is Dewayne Hankins.

After making it to the playoffs the Blazers were able to achieve their first and only NBA championship led by eventual NBA Finals MVP, Bill Walton.

In the 1990 season, the Blazers once again made it to the NBA finals. They went on to lose to the Detroit Pistons but were successful in clinching the Conference title.

In 1992, the Blazers were once again able to qualify for the NBA finals, however, they eventually lost to the Chicago Bulls this time.

In more recent seasons, the Blazers have struggled to be a major playoff contender, winning their division in 2018 with Damian Lillard being their star player.

Notable Players

Some notable players who have played for the team include Clyde Drexler, Terry Porter, Bob McAdoo, Larry Bird, and Sam Bowie.

Players from the roster who have been named to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame include Lenny Wilkens, Bill Walton, Dazen Petrovic, Clyde Drexler, Scottie Pippen, and Arvydas Sabonis.

Major Achievements

  • 1 NBA Championships
  • 3 Conference Titles
  • 6 Division Titles

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