Portland Trail Blazers
Conference Western Conference
Division Northwest Division
Founded 1970
History Portland Trail Blazers
Arena Rose Garden
City Portland, Oregon
Team Colors Red, Black, Silver, and White
Head Coach Nate McMillan
Owner Paul Allen
Championships 1 (1977)
Conference Titles 3 (1977, 1990, 1992)
Division Titles 4 (1978, 1991, 1992, 1999)

The Portland Trail Blazers are a professional basketball team based in Portland, Oregon. They play in the National Basketball Association (NBA).

Home arenas編輯

Memorial Coliseum (1970-1995)
Rose Garden (1995-present)

History 編輯

Main articles: Part 1 from 1970 to 1988, Part 2 from 1988 until present.

The Trail Blazers entered the NBA in 1970 as an expansion team; and have played in Portland for the entire time. In 1977 they won their only NBA Championship. The team had been a regular fixture in the NBA Playoffs until as recently as 2002. The team was sold to Paul Allen in 1988; in 1990 and 1992 the Blazers advanced to the NBA Finals but were defeated both times; first by the Detroit Pistons and then by the Chicago Bulls.

In 1996, general manager Bob Whitsitt began rebuilding the team using players who were talented, but who had questionable attitudes and/or criminal records. This worked initially, as the team reached the Western Conference Finals in 1999 and 2000, but the strategy soon backfired on the Blazers as the local community soured on a team better known for its off-court antics than for its on-court abilities. The team began to be known as the "Jail Blazers". After a series of embarrassing off-court incidents and playoff failures, as well as declining ticket sales, Whitsitt resigned after the 2003 season.

The current management has been attempting (with mixed success) to re-connect with the community at large. Most of the players associated with the "Jail Blazers" years are gone, and a new crop of young players is showing promise. However, the Blazers failed to qualify for the playoffs in 2003 and 2004, posting records of 41-41 and 27-55.

The Current Situation 編輯

In July 2005, the Blazers announced the hiring of Nate McMillan as their new head basketball coach, ending a several-month-long search. Other candidates for the position included Marc Iavaroni, Terry Porter, and Lionel Hollins.

The Blazers did well in the 2005 NBA Lottery, and won the #3 pick in the 2005 draft. On draft day, however, the team traded the pick to the Utah Jazz for the #6 and #27 picks in the 2005 draft, and a conditional pick in the 2006 draft (belonging initially to the Detroit Pistons). The #3 pick was used by Utah to draft Deron Williams, the Blazers used the #6 pick to draft Martell Webster. The 27th pick was used to draft Linas Kleiza, and the 35th pick (the Blazers' own) was used to draft Ricky Sánchez. Both picks were traded on draft night to the Denver Nuggets #22 pick, Jarrett Jack.

Other moves by the team during the 2005 offseason:

In addition, the team attempted to execute a sign and trade agreement with New Jersey. The Blazers signed free agent forward Shareef Abdur-Rahim to a contract, then traded him to the New Jersey Nets for a future first-round draft choice and the Nets' trade exception. However, the trade was rescinded after scar tissue was discovered in Abdur-Rahim's knee during a physical; resulting in Abdur-Rahim becoming a free agent once again. Abdur-Rahim subsequently signed a free-agent contract with the Sacramento Kings; as this deal was not a sign and trade the Trail Blazers received no compensation.

Former Blazers from the 2004-2005 Season 編輯

In addition to Abdur-Rahim's deal with the Kings, the following players who were on the Blazers' roster at the end of 2004-2005 found new homes as follows:

Trades during 2005-2006 編輯

The Blazers executed the following trades on February 23 2006:

Financial difficulties 編輯

The Blazers have suffered financial difficulties over the past few years. Allen's sister company, Oregon Arena Corp., declared bankruptcy in 2004. Because of the bankruptcy, Allen lost control of the Rose Garden, which was turned over to the creditors. Without the revenue from the Rose Garden, the Blazers have found it difficult to turn a profit. According to the Blazers, they estimate they will lose $100 million dollars over the next three years.

In February of 2006, representatives from Allen's company met with state and local leaders to try to solicit public funds to help the team. However, public officials stated they have nothing to offer due to budget constraints. [1]

NBA Commissioner David Stern stated, "my goal on behalf of the league would be to keep the team in Portland, playing in the Rose Garden, with economic prospects that make some financial sense." It is highly unlikely the Blazers could move due to the fact that they are contractually obligated to play in the Rose Garden until 2023. [2]

Players of note 編輯

Basketball Hall of Famers編輯

Retired numbers編輯

In addition, Drexler, Lucas, Petrie, Twardzik, Walton, Danny Ainge (Number 9, G, 1990-92, also Oregon native) and Jim Paxson (Number 4, G, 1980-87) are members of the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame.

Not to be forgotten編輯

Current roster編輯

Portland Trail Blazers
Current Roster
Head Coach: Nate McMillan Edit
PG 2 20px Steve Blake (Maryland)
SG 3 20px Juan Dixon (Maryland)
C 5 20px Ha Seung-Jin (South Korea)
PG 1 檔案:Flag of the United States.svg Jarrett Jack (Georgia Tech)
SF 38 20px Viktor Khryapa (Russia)
SG 0 20px Voshon Lenard (Minnesota)
SF 23 20px Darius Miles (East St. Louis HS
East St. Louis, Illinois)
PF 25 20px Travis Outlaw (Starkville HS
Starkville, Mississippi)
C 10 檔案:Flag of the United States.svg Joel Przybilla (Minnesota)
PF 50 20px Zach Randolph (Michigan State)
C/F 42 20px Theo Ratliff (Wyoming)
PF 54 20px Brian Skinner (Baylor)
PG 31 20px Sebastian Telfair (Abraham Lincoln HS
Brooklyn, New York)
SG 8 20px Martell Webster (Seattle Prep HS
Seattle, Washington)
(^) - Injured Portland Trail Blazers

Coaches and others 編輯

Current Coaching Staff 編輯

Trail Blazers Basketball Staff 編輯

Trail Blazers head coaches 編輯

Current Team Management 編輯

Other Persons of Note編輯

External links 編輯