The Portland Trail Blazers are one of the most interesting teams in all of professional sports. They entered the NBA in 1970. Despite all of the excitement, they struggled for the better part of their first four years until a watershed moment which changed the Blazers’ fate forever; the team selected Bill Walton first overall in the 1974 draft. Walton emerged as a premier big man in the NBA. This, coupled with the selection of Maurice Lucas in the dispersal draft and the hiring of Jack Ramsay as head coach lead to the Blazers’ first ever NBA championship in 1977. The Blazers’ would-be dynasty disintegrated shortly after, leading to the need for a rebuild. Thus, the 80’s were also a successful period for Portland, who were lead by Clyde “the Glide” Drexler. After only missing the playoffs once in the 1980’s, the Blazers’ made it to the NBA finals both in 1990 and 1992, losing to the Detroit Pistons and Chicago Bulls, respectively. Soon after, the team undertook some personnel changes which backfired. Rasheed Wallace, Briant Grant, Kenny Anderson, Damon Stoudamire, Darius Miles and many others took turns trying to guide the Blazers’ back to prominence. However, it was not meant to be…until a new crop of young talent came along.
Commemorating the theme of the 2008-09 season, and the three young superstars set to make the Blazers RISE back into the NBA’s elite! Sure to become an iconic piece of all-time Trailblazers memorabilia, “Rise With Us” features the team’s trio of top-six draft picks – dominating big man Greg Oden, dynamite scoring sensation Brandon Roy, and the tower-of-power, LaMarcus Aldridge.
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