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14 Facts About the Portland Trail Blazers

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The Portland Trail Blazers, commonly known as the Blazers, are an American professional basketball team based in Portland, Oregon.

Portland is a seaport and the largest city in the U.S. state of Oregon and the seat of Multnomah County.

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The Trail Blazers compete in the National Basketball Association as a member of the league's Western Conference Northwest Division.

The National Basketball Association is the pre-eminent men's professional basketball league in North America, and is widely considered to be the premier men's professional basketball league in the world.

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The team played its home games in the Memorial Coliseum before moving to Moda Center in 1995.

Moda Center, formerly known as the Rose Garden, is the primary indoor sports arena in Portland, Oregon, United States.

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The franchise entered the league as an expansion team in 1970, and has enjoyed a strong following: from 1977 through 1995, the team sold out 814 consecutive home games, the longest such streak in American major professional sports at the time, and only since surpassed by the Boston Red Sox.

An expansion team is a brand new team in a sports league, usually from a city that has not hosted a team in that league before, formed with the intention of satisfying the demand for a local team from a population in a new area.

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The Trail Blazers have been the only NBA team based in the bi-national Pacific Northwest, after the Vancouver Grizzlies relocated to Memphis and became the Memphis Grizzlies in 2001, and the Seattle SuperSonics relocated to Oklahoma City and became the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2008.

The Pacific Northwest, sometimes referred to as Cascadia, is a geographic region in western North America bounded by the Pacific Ocean to the west and loosely, by the Rocky Mountains on the east.

Seattle is a seaport city on the west coast of the United States and the seat of King County, Washington.

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The team has advanced to the NBA Finals three times, winning the NBA championship once in 1977.

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Their other NBA Finals appearances were in 1990 and 1992.

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The team has qualified for the playoffs in 34 seasons of their 48-season existence, including a streak of 21 straight appearances from 1983 through 2003, tied for the second longest streak in NBA history.

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The Trail Blazers' 34 playoff appearances rank third in the NBA only behind the Los Angeles Lakers and San Antonio Spurs since the team's inception in 1970.

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Six Hall of Fame players have played for the Trail Blazers.

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Bill Walton is the franchise's most decorated player; he was the NBA Finals Most Valuable Player in 1977, and the regular season MVP the following year.

The Bill Russell NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award is an annual National Basketball Association award given since the 1969 NBA Finals.

William Theodore Walton III is an American retired basketball player and television sportscaster.

Year 32 was a leap year starting on Tuesday of the Julian calendar.

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Four Blazer rookies have won the NBA Rookie of the Year award.

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Three players have earned the Most Improved Player award: Kevin Duckworth, Zach Randolph, and CJ McCollum.

Zachary McKenley Randolph is an American professional basketball player who recently played for the Sacramento Kings of the National Basketball Association.

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Two Hall of Fame coaches, Lenny Wilkens and Jack Ramsay, have patrolled the sidelines for the Blazers, and two others, Mike Schuler and Mike Dunleavy, have won the NBA Coach of the Year Award with the team.

Michael Harold Schuler is a former head coach in the National Basketball Association.

John Travilla Ramsay was an American basketball coach, commonly known as "Dr. Jack".

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