The Portland Trailblazers are a professional basketball team playing under the Northwest division of the Western conference of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The team is situated in Portland, Oregon. The team was established in the year 1970. Red, black, silver, and white are the official colors of the team. The team is also commonly known by the name of Blazers.
In the early years of the team’s existence it failed to qualify for the NBA postseason in their 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 (ABA) had merged with the NBA. The Trail Blazers selected Maurice Lucas in the dispersal draft also hired Jack Ramsay as head coach. The team opened their first winning record of 49–33, and its first playoff appearance. After making it to the playoffs the Blazers were able to achieve their first and only NBA championship led by Finals MVP Bill Walton.
In the 1990 season the Blazers once again made it to the NBA finals. They went to loose to the Detroit Pistons but were successful in clinching the Conference title. In the year 1992 the Blazers were once again able to qualify for the NBA finals but however eventually lost to the Chicago Bulls this time.
In more recent seasons the Blazers have struggled to be a major playoffs contender, winning their division in 2018 with Damian Lillard being their star player.
The Moda Center is the home arena for the Portland Trailblazers. It has a maximum capacity of 19,393. Famous players like Clyde Drexler, Terry Porter, Bob McAdoo, Larry Bird and Sam Bowie were all part of the team at one point or the other.
- 6 Division titles (1978, 1991, 1992, 1999, 2015, 2018)
- 3 Conference titles (1977, 1990, 1992)
- 1 NBA championship (1977)