By 2000, the league had expanded to 16 teams, with the Detroit Shock and Washington Mystics joining the league in 1998, the Minnesota Lynx and Orlando Miracle in 1999, and the Indiana Fever, Miami Sol, Portland Fire and Seattle Storm in 2000.
The 2002 season proved to be the Portland Fire’s swan song season, but most improved. After this season, the WNBA sold ownership of their franchises to owners of their counterpart NBA teams or to third parties. Fire chairman Paul Allen’s continued financial problems with what was seen league-wide as an underachieving TrailBlazers team put him out of the running to buy the Fire franchise and led to the Portland Fire folding in 2002. A group led by Clyde Drexler and Terry Emmert attempted to buy the franchise, but a deal was not made. With this, the Fire became the only WNBA franchise not to make the playoffs to win a conference and WNBA title, and along with the Miami Sol, the WNBA franchise with the shortest lifespan.
The Portland Fire were a professional basketball team in the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) based in Portland, Oregon that joined the league in 2000 as the counterpart to the NBA team the Portland Trail Blazers. They played their games at the Rose Garden Arena. The team folded after the 2002 season, after just three seasons in the league. They were the only WNBA team that had never made the playoffs.
2000 – 2002 / Women’s National Basketball Association
2002 – 2002 / Portland Fire
Fire – The Fire was the sister team to the NBA Portland Trailblazers and with the name association between Blazers and Fire.
WNBA Championships 0
2000 – 2002 / Rose Garden Arena
2000 – 2002 / Paul Allen
*Blue is this team’s history