Portland Trail Blazers Tickets
The Portland Trail Blazers are a professional basketball team that competes in the National Basketball Association, or NBA. The team, most commonly referred to as simply the Blazers, plays for the city of Portland, Oregon. They compete in the NBA’s Western Conference Northwest Division and play all of their home games at the Moda Center. If you are a fan of the Portland Trail Blazers and want to know more about the team, it’s history, and how to get your hands on the best Portland Trail Blazers Tickets then read on.
The Portland Trail Blazers are a franchise that was initially established in 1970 as an expansion team. They joined the NBA that same year and had a massive fan following from the very start. In fact, they hold the record for the most number of consecutive sold out games (814!) in all of American major league professional sports.
They are also the only team based in the Pacific Northwest in the NBA. Originally, they were joined by the Vancouver Grizzlies and the Seattle SuperSonics but both teams later relocated to Memphis and Oklahoma City respectively.
In their history, the Blazers have won one NBA championship in 1977, and have played in the NBA finals three times. In terms of making the playoffs, the Blazers have a pretty solid record. In the 46 seasons that the team has been in existence, they have qualified for the playoffs in 32 of those seasons. This has earned them the third place ranking in the NBA for playoff appearances. They also have the second longest streak in the NBA for most consecutive playoff appearances, with 21 appearances from 1983 to 2003.
The team has also had a slew of prolific players and coaches. Six Hall of Fame players have played for the Blazers. These include the likes of Arvydas Sabonis, Dražen Petrovic, Lenny Wilkens, Clyde Drexler, Bill Walton, and Scottie Pippen.
Of all of these players, Bill Walton remains the most decorated. He was not only the all-star player during his time with the Blazers, but was also voted the MVP in the NBA Finals in 1977 and the MVP during the regular season in 1978.
There have also been four players who have won the Rookie of the Year award including Brandon Roy, Geoff Petrie, Damian Lillard, and Sidney Wicks.
In terms of coaching, two previous coaches for the Blazers have won the NBA Coach of the Year award, Mike Dunleavy and Mike Schuler, and two have been inducted into the Hall of Fame, Jack Ramsay and Lenny Wilkens.
The official team colors for the Blazers are black, red, white, and silver.A History of the Portland Trail Blazers
The Portland Trail Blazers were added to the NBA as an expansion team in 1970 along with the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Buffalo Braves (now known as the Los Angeles Clippers). There had been efforts to create an NBA franchise for Portland since 1955. The new team was introduced to a city which was eagerly anticipating its arrival.
They were initially led by head coach Rolland Todd and star players Geoff Petrie and Sidney Wicks. The first six seasons were rough for the team as they failed to qualify for the playoffs. They also saw three different head coaches during this period. In 1972, they would draft LaRue Martin as their number one pick and then two years later, in 1974, they would gain Bill Walton.A Strong Team Emerges
Most teams struggle to gain a solid footing in their first few years. The Portland Trail Blazers were no different, except they took very little time.
Following the ABA-NBA merger of 1976, the Blazers acquired Maurice Lucas and brought in a new head coach, Jack Ramsay.
These new additions, coupled with the fact that the Blazers were showcasing promising talent on the court led to several very successful seasons for the franchise. In the 1977 season, the Blazers set a winning record of 49-33 and made their first playoff appearance. They would also go on to win the NBA Championship. That same year, the team began what would be the longest sell out streak in the history of American major league professional sports. The Blazers sold out 814 consecutive games! This streak would come to an end in 1995.Frequent Playoff Appearances
In the 1980’s, the Portland Trail Blazers were a regular feature in the playoffs. In fact, they only missed the playoffs once in that decade in 1982. However, despite making it to the playoffs, the team would never make it past the conference semifinals in this period.
During this decade, the team also acquired Clyde Drexler otherwise known as "Clyde the Glide". He became the poster boy for the franchise. They also famously lost out on the opportunity to draft star player Michael Jordan when they chose to take on Sam Bowie instead.The 1990’s era
During the 1990’s, the Blazers appeared in the NBA finals twice: in 1990 and 1992. However, they would lose both times to the Detroit Pistons and the Chicago Bulls respectively.
This period was also marked by big changes for the franchise. They would hire new team president, Bob Whitsitt, who was known as ‘Trader Bod’ for his constant desire to make trades. He got to work right away to revamp the team. This included bringing in new talent and moving to a new home arena, Rose Garden Arena. With this move, the Blazers’ sell out streak came to an end.The Blazers Today
The Blazers have still failed to make it to another NBA Final since the early 1990s. However, they are constantly bringing in new talent with the hopes of putting forth a championship team.