Portland Trial Blazers History
The Trail Blazers’ franchise was established in Portland Oregon in 1970 as an expansion team and has remained in the city ever since. The team ended its expansion franchise poor play grace period with a bang when it had its first winning season and also won the NBA Finals in 1977. Even though the Blazers have not won another NBA Finals Championship they were won of the most consistent teams in the NBA. From the 1977 to the 2002 season the Trail Blazers missed the playoffs only once. Consistency like this is not possible without some big time franchise players. Hall of famers like Lenny Wilkens, Bill Walton, and Clyde Drexler were key to keeping Portland a playoff team. Recently Portland has seen some of the worst luck with injured players that any franchise has had to endure. The team has lost both all-star guard Brandon Roy and first overall draft pick Greg Oden to knee injuries. Despite this bad luck Portland has been a decent team over the past few years.
Paul Allen is the owner of both the Portland TrialBlazers and the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks. He bought the team in 1988 after making his money as co-founder of Microsoft, which is why he can afford to own multiple pro sports franchises. Allen has done well to keep the franchise in Oregon when other nearby franchises have struggled and relocated. Allen may have lost up to a billion dollars just to keep the team put. There is speculation that Allen may be looking to sell the franchise, however it may take a lot of money to purchase this franchise, so Allen might own the team for many years to come.
Portland Basketball Arena
During the prominent days of the franchise the Trail Blazers played their basketball games in the Memorial Coliseum. After 1995 the Blazers moved to their current home, the Rose Garden. This is one of the larger NBA arenas, capable of holding 19,980 people for Trail Blazer games. Paul Allen was one of the major sponsors to move the team to this new stadium along with the city of Portland.
NBA Portland Trial Blazers Fan Base
The fans of Portland are some of the best in all of the NBA, both now and throughout the franchise’s history. From the team’s championship days in 1977 to the departure of Clyde Drexler in 1995 the Trail Blazers sold out every home game they had, which amounted to a total of 814 games. With the departures of the SuperSonics and Grizzlies, the Trail Blazers are the only franchise in the Pacific Northwest and therefore have an NBA monopoly in their area. This may be part of the reason that the Blazers have been among the top of the NBA league in attendance over the past few years. Regardless of the reason, the Blazers have one of the best home court advantages in the NBA.
Portland Trial Blazers Basketball Coaching
The Blazers have had many successful coaches in their history including hall of fame coaches Lenny Wilkens and Jack Ramsey. In addition many coaches have had winning records and fairly successful playoff records. Recently, however Portland coaches have had less success as the team has not had a coach with an overall winning record with the team since Mo Cheeks left in 2005. Current coach Terry Stotts has been with the team since 2012. Stotts seems to prefer a faced paced game with an emphasis on the three point shot. This style of play could match well the new young players on the Trail Blazers.
NBA Portland Trial Blazers Betting
After cutting ties with both Roy and Oden recently the Blazers had to undergo a little rebuilding, however this may be a short-lived process. Portland already has some promising young players to add to some of their veterans and in order to do some NBA betting at. Even if these players develop well it may be hard to take the division from the OKC Thunder in the near future. If the team cannot contest the Thunder for the division then it seems unlikely that the team could win the Western Conference Finals or the NBA Finals, however anything is possible with a young talented team.