The idea of this website, thought of by my wife Shellie, is to relive, day by day, the 40th anniversary of the 1976/77 Portland Trail Blazers Championship season. She came up with this idea as she was doing her final rounds of chemo during the spring of 2016.
Starting June 1st, 1976 with the release of Blazer Coach Lenny Wilkens, the hiring of coach Jack Ramsey, the ABA merger and dispersal draft, trades and acquisitions, game recaps starting during summer league games, preseason and the regular season, all the way thru to the championship game on June 5th 1977 game. During the summer of 2016, Shellie would ask me what was going on as if that off-season was happening live and we talked all summer about how to shape and set up this site.
I've been a Blazer fan since 1971 when I moved to Oregon. That glorious 76/77 season was one to remember and I want to share what was going on all thru the season via this site. It was also the year in which we met. Below is a picture of Shellie when she played guard as a member of the West Albany Bulldogs Class of 1980.
I have decided to continue the site for the following season, the 1977/78 season which became famous in Blazer lore as the 50-10 season. Shellie and I first met in early September as the Blazers were entering training camp that season.
Sources include my own notes, old Oregonian newspapers (writers include Bob Robinson, John Hahn, Ken Doney, Nick Bergtram, Ken Wheeler), Oregonian Photographers (Bill Zavin) Oregon Journal newspaper (George Pasero, Kerry Eggers) The Sporting News, Associated Press reporters and photographers Sports Illustrated, Trail Blazer Media Guides and of course, the all knowing Internet, including Basketball-Reference.com, NBA.com, and APBR.org