Portland Team FormationPortland sports promoter Harry Glickman had sought in creating a basketball team in the city as soon as the Memorial Coliseum was opened in 1960, but the NBA board of governors only granted him the rights to a franchise on February 6, 1970. To raise the money for the $3.7 million admission tax, Glickman associated himself with real estate magnates ...
NBA Finals Winner 1977NBA Finals – 1977 The 1977 NBA World Championship Series was the championship round of the 1976 – 1977 NBA season. The Portland Trail Blazers of the Western Conference played against the Philadelphia 76ers of the Eastern Conference, with the 76ers holding home-court advantage. Their four regular-season meetings had been split evenly, 2-2, with neither side winning away from home. ...
Selection of Sam Bowie, Not JordanThe Trail Blazers landed the No. 2 pick in the NBA draft. After the Houston Rockets selected Drexler’s college teammate Hakeem Olajuwon, known at that time as Akeem Olajuwon, at No. 1, the Trail Blazers selected Kentucky center, Sam Bowie. Drafting third, the Chicago Bulls selected Michael Jordan. Many sportswriters and analysts have criticized the selection of the injury-plagued Bowie ...
Paul Allen OwnershipAllen purchased the Portland Trail Blazers NBA team in 1988 from California real estate developer Larry Weinberg for $70 million. He was instrumental in the development and funding of the Moda Center (previously known as the Rose Garden), the arena where the Blazers play. He purchased the arena on April 2, 2007, and stated that this was a major milestone ...
End of Sell Out RecordStarting on April 5, 1977, of that year, the team began a sellout streak of 814 straight games the second-longest in American major professional sports history which did not end until 1995, after the team moved into a larger facility. In the fall of 1995, the team left the Memorial Coliseum for a new home, the 20,000-seat Rose Garden Arena.
Moda CenterModa Center, formerly known as the Rose Garden, is the primary indoor sports arena in Portland, Oregon, United States. It is suitable for large indoor events of all sorts, including basketball, ice hockey, rodeos, circuses, conventions, ice shows, concerts, and dramatic productions. The arena has a capacity of 19,441 spectators when configured for basketball, fewer for other events. The arena ...
History of the Trailblazers
The Portland Trail Blazers have been a part of the National Basketball Association since 1970 and have had a storied history in that time. The team was founded by Harry Glickman, who saw potential in bringing an NBA franchise to the Pacific Northwest city of Portland, Oregon. Since then, they've become one of the most successful teams in league history with three trips to the NBA Finals and one championship victory back in 1977. They also boast some of basketball's greatest players such as Clyde Drexler, Bill Walton, Terry Porter, and Damian Lillard among others who helped make them perennial contenders for much of their existence.
The Trail Blazers were able to reach success early on due to their strong draft picks throughout the 70s which included Hall-of-Famers like Drexler and Walton as well as other key contributors like Maurice Lucas or Lionel Hollins that made up what became known as "The Trailblazers". This nucleus would lead them all way through until 1992 when they won 59 games during regular season play before falling short against Michael Jordan's Chicago Bulls dynasty during the playoffs run even after making it past two previous rounds without losing any games at all!
In recent years however things haven't gone quite so smoothly for this once proud franchise; missing out on playoff action several times while having only limited success when they do manage to get into postseason play - but there is still hope yet! With current stars Lillard & McCollum leading the charge alongside young talents Anfernee Simons & Nassir Little plus veteran presence Hassan Whiteside off the bench this could just start something special brewing within Rose City again very soon...
1970 – Present / National Basketball Association
1970 – Present / Portland Trailblazers
Trailblazers – When Portland was granted an NBA franchise on February 24, 1970. The executive vice president of the club held a contest where fans could enter a team name for the chance to not only name the new team, but also to receive two season tickets for the first year. The winner of this contest was Blake Byrne, a general sales manager of the television station KPTV. However, Byrne wasn’t the only one to enter the name “Trail Blazers” – it was entered by a total of 172 people, and his name was chosen at random as the winner of the ticket contest.
Of the more than 10,000 entries, Pioneers was the most popular, but was ruled out because nearby Lewis & Clark College was already using the nickname. Another popular entry was Trail Blazers, whose logo is supposed to represent five players on one team playing against five players from another team. Portland was the end of the Oregon trail, a trial which brought millions of people into the American west. A Trailblazer was someone who opened up the route for the wagons to travel upon. This name was usually a former fur trapper who knew the area well.
NBA Championships 1
2013 – Present / Moda Center
1995 – 2012 / Rose Garden
1970 – 1994 / Veterans Memorial Coliseum
2018 – Present / Estate of Paul Allen
1988 – 2018 / Paul Allen
1975 – 1988 / Larry Weinberg
1972 – 1975 / Herman Sarkowsky & Larry Weinberg
1970 – 1972 / Herman Sarkowsky, Robert Schmertz, and Larry Weinberg
To qualify as the greatest player for this team, the player must have played one season for this team. If not, we will remove the player.
* verifies that player has played for this team as an added player by a fan.
1 / Larry Weinberg
13 / Dave Twardzik
14 / Lionel Hollins
15 / Larry Steele
20 / Maurice Lucas
22 / Clyde Drexler
30 / Bob Gross
30 / Terry Porter
32 / Bill Walton
36 / Lloyd Neal
45 / Geoff Petrie
77 / Jack Ramsay
– / Bill Schonely
*Blue is this team’s history