Portland Trail Blazers – Western conference team of the Pacific Northwest
The Portland Trail Blazers usually known as the Blazers are a professional American Basketball team in Portland mainly Oregon. They are playing in the National Basketball Association (NBA) league as a member of the Northwest Division of the Western Conference. The Portland Trail Blazers have been in the league since 1970 where they became an expansion team. The Blazers were played home games in Memorial Coliseum until they moved to Moda Center in 1995.
The Blazers have done a noticeable job all through 1977-1995 as they had sold out 814 home games consecutively over the Boston Red Sox (American professional baseball team). The team is the only one based in the Pacific Northwest because the Vancouver Grizzlies moved to Memphis in 2001 and Seattle SuperSonics to Oklahoma in 2008. In 1977, the Blazers reached the NBA finals and wins the only title because they failed their other two opportunities to hold the titles in 1990 and 1992 but lost.
How many playoffs the Trail Blazers have?
The Blazers made 34 playoffs in the league, but their mentioned performances were from 1983 through 2003 the team clinched 21 streak playoffs appearances.
On the 19th of July, 1994, Bob Whitsitt who was the former manager of Seattle SuperSonics (Present name Oklahoma City Thunder) became the president of the Blazers. Between 1995 to 1997, the team, unfortunately, lost some players which did weaken the team. This means that they needed to find new players to join the team and this is exactly what they did. The process of acquiring players was not an easy one as they did take time before they were content. Luckily enough, they got the chance to be complete again, and in 1999 they clinched for their Western Conference finals under the guidance of Mike Dunleavy who was their head coach.
Some basics about the Portland Trail Blazers you need to know
|Arena/Stadium||Moda Center, Portland, Oregon|
|Team colors||Red, black, white|
|Net worth||$2.1B (Forbes)|
|General manager||Joe Cronin|
|Head coach||Chauncey Billups|
|Owner||Paul G. Allen Trust|
|Conference titles||3 (1977, 1990, 1992)|
|Division titles||6 (1978, 1991, 1992, 1999, 2015, 2018)|
The head coach Mike Dunleavy was fired in 2001 for not bringing the desired results and Maurice Cheeks replaced him. Most people thought that he would be better with the players than the previous coach. In the two seasons that followed, some players were found guilty of using marijuana. This caused the reputation of the team to be affected. Some of these troublesome players are Stoudamire, Wallace, and Qyntel Woods. Wallace was the biggest troublemaker of the team as he got to the point where he was threatening the referee which earned him a seven-game suspension.
In 2003, Whitsitt who was the president of the team announced he’s resigning from the team due to how it was declining. This led to the hiring of Steve Patterson as president and John Nash as general manager. The trouble makers in the team were traded which was an excellent idea. The 2005-2006 season was not any better for the team as they failed miserably. In the 2008-2009 season, the team made a comeback after they won for the first time since the 2002-2003 season. Since this season, the Blazers have been making changes here and there to improve their performance. All the best to them as they continue to work hard to regain their position again.
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