Retrieved July 22, Cho became the first general manager of Asian descent in NBA history. The Trail Blazers play their home games in the Moda Center, a multipurpose arena which is located in Portland's Rose Quarter , northeast of downtown. Atlantic Boston Buffalo N. Archived from the original PDF on March 25,
He subsequently took the team off the market. The Blazers also traded for the sixth pick, Brandon Roy. In the spring of , Steve Patterson resigned as team president,  and Paul Allen entered into an agreement to re-purchase the Rose Garden. Some had speculated that they might choose Kevin Durant instead;  Durant was picked at No. Oden suffered a pre-season knee injury requiring microfracture surgery, and missed the entire —08 season. Despite this, the Trail Blazers had a game winning streak that began in early December, resulting in a 13—2 record, an NBA best for the month of December.
During the —09 season, after much waiting, Greg Oden debuted with the Blazers, playing in 61 games. French-native Nicolas Batum emerged as a skilled defensive forward who was inserted into the starting lineup as a rookie. In the off-season, the Trail Blazers traded the No.
They also selected Villanova forward Dante Cunningham with the No. Brockman was traded to the Kings in exchange for No. The Blazers then attempted to sign restricted free agent Paul Millsap ; however, their offer was matched by the Utah Jazz.
Despite a winning record, injuries hobbled the team for the — season. Most notably, centers Oden and Joel Przybilla suffered season-ending knee injuries, while Roy and Aldridge played through shoulder, hamstring, ankle and knee injuries. Head Coach Nate McMillan was likewise not spared, suffering a ruptured Achilles tendon during practice and was in a walking boot. Although wins did not come as easily as the season before, the Blazers rallied to finish at 50—32, and finished 6th in the West.
Roy underwent surgery after suffering a torn meniscus in his right knee, but returned for Game 4 of the first round series against the Phoenix Suns.
During the off-season, the Blazers' front office experienced significant personnel changes beginning in July with the announcement of new general manager Rich Cho , succeeding former general manager Kevin Pritchard , who was relieved of his duties after the NBA draft. Cho became the first general manager of Asian descent in NBA history.
Branch and Rosenberry replaced former assistant general manager Tom Penn, who was released by Portland in March. On July 21, Wesley Matthews signed a five-year deal with the Blazers after his former team, the Utah Jazz , declined to match Portland's offer.
Jeff Pendergraph and rookie guard Elliot Williams both suffered knee injuries that sidelined them for the season; Portland later waived Pendergraph. In November, they announced that Oden would have microfracture surgery on his left knee, ending his — season. Three-time All-Star Brandon Roy underwent double-arthroscopic surgery on January 17, , to repair both knees after dealing with constant struggles, leaving his future up in the air.
Just days after, Marcus Camby also underwent arthroscopic knee surgery to repair his left knee. Despite struggles with injury, Portland performed at a playoff level throughout the season. LaMarcus Aldridge emerged as the focal point of the team and posted career-high numbers, as well as Western Conference Player of the Week and Month honors.
Wesley Matthews also emerged in the absence of Brandon Roy, proving his worth as the Blazers' key off-season addition. Believing the team could make a significant run in the playoffs, Cho executed his first major trade on February 24, , just seven minutes before the deadline. However, like in their last two postseasons, the Blazers were eliminated in six games of the first round, this time against the eventual champions, the Dallas Mavericks.
During the off-season, the Blazers released Cho, reportedly due to communication and "chemistry issues" with owner Paul Allen.
The dismissal of Cho was criticized by Sports Illustrated as "illogical", although they noted that Allen had done a lot of questionable moves during his tenure as team owner. On the same day, the Blazers front office had made a three-team trade with the Denver Nuggets and Dallas Mavericks.
The lockout put transactions on hold until early December, and the Blazers were hit with three downfalls once the date came: Brandon Roy announced his retirement due to chronic knee problems, Greg Oden was diagnosed with yet another setback involving his ongoing knee issues, and LaMarcus Aldridge underwent heart surgery.
In the shortened —12 NBA season , the Blazers got off to a 7—2 start. The team gained some notability as Aldridge was named to his first All-Star Game. Despite Aldridge's performance, the rest of the team became more inconsistent.
Portland also received Houston's second-round draft pick in the NBA draft. All four players acquired in the trades held expiring contracts, meaning they would be free agents at the end of the season. Oden was released from the roster after playing a total of 82 games in five NBA seasons, being cut along with Chris Johnson in order to make room for the incoming traded players.
Finally, head coach Nate McMillan was also fired, leaving the franchise with the third-most coaching wins, behind Jack Ramsay and Rick Adelman. A few days later, Portland claimed forward J. Hickson off waivers from the Sacramento Kings. After shaking up the roster and limping to the end of the regular season with a 28—38 record and finishing out of playoff contention for the first time in three years, the team entered the offseason on the search for a general manager and new head coach.
At the NBA draft lottery on May 30, the Blazers secured the number 6 pick of the draft via the Brooklyn Nets from the Gerald Wallace trade, and also ended up with the number 11 pick due to their own record. Neil Olshey became the new GM in June, making it just over a year since the Blazers had had a non-interim general manager. They also selected University of Memphis guard Will Barton with the 40th pick overall, and traded the rights of the 41st overall pick, University of Kansas guard Tyshawn Taylor , to the Brooklyn Nets for cash considerations.
Headed by their new general manager Olshey, the Trail Blazers front office further made a few changes during July The Blazers signed their 30th pick from the draft, Joel Freeland , and their 22nd pick from the draft, Víctor Claver ,  as well as re-signing Hickson  and Nicolas Batum. Under the reins of Lillard, the Blazers played well into January , posting a 20—15 record. On January 11, , at home against the Miami Heat , Wesley Matthews made two consecutive three-pointers late in the fourth quarter to help the Blazers secure a 92—90 victory.
The Blazers selected guard C. The Blazers finished the season with 21 more wins than the previous season, which amounted for the largest single-season improvement in franchise history.
The team also shot The first-round series against the Rockets was a tight one, with three of the six games going to overtime.
The Blazers fared well in the first two games despite not having home-court advantage, beating Houston and in Games 1 and 2 respectively, fueled by Aldridge's 46 points and 18 rebounds in Game 1, and 43 points and 3 blocks in Game 2.
In the sixth game of the series with the Rockets threatening to force a Game 7 back in Houston, down by two points with 0. During the off-season, Olshey signed center Chris Kaman and two-time former Blazer guard Steve Blake to bolster the bench.
Expectations by sportswriters and analysts were high for the Trail Blazers going into the NBA season given their surprise success in — Like the season before, the Trail Blazers dominated the month of November, at one point winning nine straight games from November 9 to November 26 before being defeated by the Memphis Grizzlies.
Injuries, which had not been significant the previous season, started to inflict themselves on various players. Starting center Lopez fractured his right hand in a game against the Spurs on December 15, , and missed the next 23 games. Four days later, Lillard hit a three-pointer to tie the game and force overtime against the Thunder en route to 40 points and a — victory.
More injuries appeared around the start of the new year, which caused Aldridge, Batum, and Joel Freeland to miss various amounts of time, but none greater than Wesley Matthews' season-ending Achilles tendon tear on March 5, Called "the heart and soul" of the team by Aldridge,  Matthews was in the midst of a career year when the injury occurred. In the first half of the season, the Blazers had a record of 30—11, allowed opponents to score an average of The Blazers clinched a return trip to the playoffs on March 30, , defeating the Phoenix Suns, — Finishing the season 51—31, they clinched their first Northwest Division title since but fell to the Grizzlies in five games in the first round of the playoffs.
After losing four of their five starters at the end of the —15 season, the Blazers won 44 games, were the 5th seed in the Western Conference, and beat the Clippers in six games in the First Round, but were eliminated by the Golden State Warriors in five games in the Conference Semifinals.
In May , the team revealed their new logo, an update of the pinwheel design with a new wordmark. The —18 season saw the Blazers finished with the third seed, the highest they've finished in years. On April 21st, they were eliminated quickly in the first round from the playoffs by the New Orleans Pelicans in a sweep They have not won a playoff game in nearly two years with their last playoff victory coming on May 7th, defeating the Golden State Warriors.
In the Blazers' 47 years of existence through , they have qualified for the NBA playoffs 33 times, including a streak of 21 straight playoff appearances from through The best record posted by the team was 63—19, in ; the worst record was 18—64, in the team's second season in The Trail Blazers hold the draft rights to the following unsigned draft picks who have been playing outside the NBA.
A drafted player, either an international draftee or a college draftee who is not signed by the team that drafted him, is allowed to sign with any non-NBA teams. In this case, the team retains the player's draft rights in the NBA until one year after the player's contract with the non-NBA team ends. The Trail Blazers have had the No. Several Blazer picks have been criticized by NBA commentators as particularly unwise: The team's colors are red, black, and white. The team's " pinwheel " logo, originally designed by the cousin of Glickman, is a graphic interpretation of two five-on-five basketball teams lined up against each other.
One side of the pinwheel is red; the other side is black or white. The Blazers' initial uniforms were white at home and red on the road.
The — design featured a swooping tail accenting the last letter 'blazers' on the home uniforms; 'Portland' on the road uniforms. The — uniforms featured the team name written vertically on the right side; this uniform was used in their championship season.
Following their championship victory, the Blazers unveiled what is now their most iconic look, featuring a "blaze" strip that runs diagonally down the uniform. The team also switched their road uniforms to black. The — set featured lowercase lettering, while a red uniform was used in lieu of the black uniforms from — Following a redesign in the —92 season, the Blazers updated their look to feature uppercase letters.
A —03 rebrand saw the team add silver accents and introduce a red alternate uniform, while a slight change in the —06 season saw the Blazers return to the city name on their road uniforms.
The —10 season saw the Blazers unveil a fourth alternate uniform, a design that features the team's 'Rip City' nickname and a more subtle version of the "blaze" on the side. This uniform was tweaked to include sleeves in the —15 season. For the —13 season, the Blazers changed their red alternate uniform to include black lettering, a more modernized "blaze" strip, and the pinwheel logo atop of it.
For the —18 season, the Blazers made some slight revisions to their iconic look, changing the alignment of the city and team name from italicized to straight while adding the 'Rip City' nickname on the waistband.
The team's mascot is Blaze the Trail Cat, a two-tone silver-colored mountain lion ,  which has been the team's official mascot since Scott worked for the Trail Blazers from through The team is owned by the estate of the late Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen ; ownership of the Trail Blazers is via a series of holding companies which Allen owns. Allen serves as the team's chairman, and his longtime associate Bert Kolde is vice-chairman.
The position of president and chief executive officer is held by Chris McGowan,  with Larry Miller having held the job until resigning in July The announcement was issued by the Blazers' head office just an hour before the beginning of the NBA draft.
Before Allen purchased the team in , the Trail Blazers were owned by a group of investors headed by Larry Weinberg , who is chairman emeritus.
The Trail Blazers play their home games in the Moda Center, a multipurpose arena which is located in Portland's Rose Quarter , northeast of downtown. The Moda Center, originally named the Rose Garden, opened in and can seat a total of 19, spectators for basketball games; capacity increases to 20, with standing room. The name change was met with considerable criticism from fans. Prior to , the Trail Blazers' home venue was the Memorial Coliseum , which today stands adjacent to the Moda Center.
The team has a cheerleading-dance squad known as the BlazerDancers. The — team held auditions in late July Seven new dancers, as well as nine returning dancers, made up the new team. The relationship between the team and its fans, commonly known as "Blazermania", has been well-chronicled. The Trail Blazers have long been one of the NBA's top draws, with the exception of two periods in the team's history.
Attendance increased in , when the team drafted Bill Walton. The phenomenon known as Blazermania started during the —77 season, when the team posted its first winning record, made its first playoff appearance, and captured its only NBA title, defeating the heavily favored Philadelphia 76ers in the NBA Finals; the team has been popular in Portland since that time.
The final 27 home games of the — season were consecutive sell-outs, a streak which continued through the entire — season and into the start of the — season. Many former Blazer players settle in the Portland area after their retirement and are involved in the community in a variety of ways.
Games of the Trail Blazers are routinely broadcast via television and radio. The team was one of the first in the NBA to produce its own television broadcasts. Thirty-four games were produced and broadcast in high-definition television.
The team was also known for its long association with Steve "Snapper" Jones , who played for the team prior to his career as a television analyst; Jones departed the franchise in All Trail Blazer games are broadcast over the radio, with broadcasting carried on the Trail Blazers radio network, which consists of 25 stations located in the Pacific Northwest. The radio broadcasting team consists of play-by-play announcer Brian Wheeler and studio host Jay Allen.
The original radio announcer for the team was Bill Schonely , who served as the team's radio play-by-play announcer from until his retirement in —calling 2, Blazers games—and remains with the team as a community ambassador. Trail Blazers broadcasts have been criticized on several fronts. The broadcast personalities, all of whom are Trail Blazers employees, have been criticized in the media for being " homers "; further it has been alleged that the departure of Steve Jones was due in part to team displeasure with Jones' sometimes frank analysis of the team's on-court performance and off-court decisions.
Wheeler will call games on radio alone, while the three former personalities still received pay for the final season of their contracts. The change came as part of a plan by the team to overhaul its telecasts as it enters the final year of its current television deal with CSN Northwest.
On July 6, , the team renewed its contract with CSN Northwest through the — season, giving the network exclusive rights to all Trail Blazers games beginning in the —18 season and thus ending the team's over-the-air syndication package. The team had originally considered an arrangement with KPTV , under which games would be broadcast over-the-air and simulcast via an Internet service, but deals with potential streaming partners fell through.
Several local news outlets provide in-depth coverage of the Trail Blazers. Chief among them is The Oregonian , the largest paper in the state of Oregon. Other newspapers providing detailed coverage of the team including the assignment of beat writers to cover the team include the Portland Tribune , a weekly Portland paper, and the Vancouver, Washington Columbian.
Online coverage of the Oregonian is provided through OregonLive. Relations between the team and The Oregonian have often been tense; the paper is editorially independent of the team and is often critical.
During the Steve Patterson era, relations between the two institutions became increasingly hostile; several NBA executives told ESPN 's Chris Sheridan that the situation was the "most dysfunctional media-team relationship" that they could recall. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. History of the Portland Trail Blazers.
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Watch the full video above to see how split cuts work in action, and look for new adaptations of this theory as the season goes on in Portland. The Trail Blazers opened the season with a victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday, extending their winning streak against the Lakers to 16 games and their winning streak in home openers to 18! Here's what our Blazers Outsiders think following the big win.
Like all of Rip City, I'm obviously thrilled with the Blazers 16th! ET running the second unit was beautiful to watch; highlighted by Collins' defense and Sauce pouring in The Spurs will be a fun test on Saturday.
I'll be looking forward to the bench play most of all, to see if this is the new normal, or if the Lakers are just not very good. The Trail Blazers definitely have some weak spots still, but the strong points overshadowed those by far. The Lakers legitimately are the worst three-point shooting team in the NBA, Dame is looking very Dame-ish as always, Zach is looking poised and confident, Aminu didn't break our hearts with a million three attempts, and Nik Stausaks is our new lord and savior.
Build the man a statue outside the Moda already; I'll pitch in for the fees. His name is Nik Stauskas. If you didn't know it before, you know it now. The man known as Sauce Castillo poured in 24 points off the bench, including from deep. Sure, this level of play may not be sustainable for the entire season, but what we saw Thursday was simply amazing. Questions filled the air entering the season when the Blazers let Pat Connaughton go.
Fans worried if Stauskas could fill the void. He slammed the door shut on those worries. Stauskas' performance was so jaw-dropping that we are barely talking about Zach Collins and his six blocks!
Collins looked out of sorts early on but made some great adjustments as the game progressed and his defense was key to the Blazers victory. It's still early, but I really liked what I saw in Game 1. From there on out it was Stauskas Time! While Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum struggled from the field it was the Blazers bench who carried with day - of course, buoyed by Stauskas- with 55 combined points from the bench.
The Lakers hit a single shot outside of 10 feet in the first half and yet Portland was still running out to shooters and jumping at ball fakes allowing the Lakers to score at will inside.
Whether it was an inspirational speech or someone finally saw the shot chart, the Blazers figured it out and started clogging the lane. Zach Collins was hyped. Kudos to all of you who picked Stauskas and Collins to make the biggest contributions of their NBA careers on the same night. Two hours before tip-off hundreds of purple and gold clad fans poured into the lower bowl of the Moda Center. It had the anticipatory feel of a rock concert. Only instead of tour t-shirts the fans were adorned with No.
On the edges of the court, media members waited, too. More than 90 minutes before the Portland Trail Blazers played host to the rival Lakers everyone in the arena was anticipating a pregame shooting routine, a sound check of sorts, for a rock star that never showed. He did finally arrive, of course. But he waited to make his entrance with a couple emphatic dunks in the first quarter, and by that time the visiting fans were outnumbered 10 to 1 by the Blazers faithful.
There is a certain amount of mayhem that will inevitably follow James and his Lakers all season. Not just on the court, where their first performance of the year ended in a defeat and showed some of their obvious deficiencies, but behind the scenes as well.
Before Damian Lillard 28 points , Nik Stauskas 24 points and Zach Collins six blocks spoiled James' debut, there were Blazers employees scrambling behind the scenes to prepare for a uniquely chaotic night. There were more than credentialed media members in the arena on Thursday, nearly twice as many than an average regular season night when the team credentials between 60 and 70 people. For the first time since anyone working with the Blazers could recall, the team opened up an auxiliary media section at the very top of the arena, creating press seating above the level.
It was a perfect confluence of events to be a memorably chaotic scene in every corner of the building. It was a season opener, meaning every local media affiliate was there with a full crew. It was a nationally televised game, meaning TNT cameras and on-air talent arrived early to capture the scene.
It was a game featuring the Lakers, a global brand that also happens to be an NBA basketball team. The LeBron circus was magnified even more in the postgame press conference.
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