Portland Trail Blazers tickets are on sale for the to enjoy the new season at the Rose Garden, when Brandon Roy, LaMarcus Aldridge, and Gerald Wallace all return as core pieces for another playoff run during the 2011-2012 NBA season. TheSeats has the Trailblazers tickets for the new Trail Blazers schedule to see if this trio is enough to get out of the first round.
The Portland Trail Blazers come into the 2011-2012 NBA season a summer and fall removed from a first round loss to the eventual league champions, the Dallas Mavericks. The Trailblazers were actually favored coming into the series despite being the number six seed to the Mavs three. This upcoming basketball season the team will presumably have a full season with Roy. Though Roy is no longer the All Star he once was, he will remain a solid player despite playing without any cartilage on knees.
Actually, it is quite conceivable that Paul Allen will decide to use the possible amnesty clause to wipe out his contract. Roy will take home $ 60 million, but being freedom from that contract will give the Portland Trail Blazers much more roster flexibility. Aldridge has developed into the focal point of the offense after years of hanging out on the perimeter. The power forward now has a solid post game to go with his elite athleticism and decent jumper. While he may not be the most rabid rebounder, he is still a decent bet to get to 20 and 10.
Gerald Wallace will be playing on his third team this upcoming Trailblazers schedule, but he remains a promising piece to the playoff puzzle. He can score from inside and out and drive to the rim. He is also phenomenal rebounder from the small forward position and a good defender. Add Marcus Camby grabbing even more rebounds and blocking shots while roaming the lane and the emergence of Wesley Matthews as a scorer and this team is primed for a run at the number one spot in the Northwest Division.
The Portland Trail Blazers joined the ranks of the NBA in 1970 as an expansion team. Of course, they spent the first few seasons in search of an identity, and they found a player to rally around in Bill Walton. He spent his first couple seasons just as he would the rest of his career, hampered by injuries. However, he played in enough games in the 1976-77 season to lead Portland to a 49-33 record and embark on a postseason run that ended in a NBA Finals win in six games over the Philadelphia 76ers. Walton was an all-around force, scoring 18.6 points, grabbing 14.4 rebounds, blocking 3.2 shots, and dishing out 3.8 assists a game. He had plenty of talent around him in Maurice Lucas and LaRue Martin, but holdouts and trades would eliminate any chance of a dynasty by the end of the decade.
Portland remained a competitive with Jack Ramsay as head coach. They enjoyed five more playoff appearances in six seasons in the 1980s with Ramsay. He molded Fat Lever, Wayne Cooper, Jim Paxson, Calvin Natt, and Mychael Thompson into a high scoring club, matching the dominant style of play of the 1980s. Eventually, Ramsay would be replaced as it became evident this NBA roster would not advance beyond the likes of the Rockets and Lakers. The Trail Blazers rebuilt around Clyde "The Glide" Drexler. He Terry Porter, Jerome Kersey, and Kevin Duckworth continued the high scoring style of play in the late 1980s and early 1990s, flourishing under the ownership of Paul Allen and head coach Rick Adelman.
The Trail Blazers won the Pacific Division twice in the beginning of the 1990s and played in two NBA Finals, losing to the Pistons in 1990 and the Bulls in 1992. Again unable to overcome the dynasties of the decade, Portland went back to the drawing board to create a new super team. It appeared Arvydas Sabonis, Rasheed Wallace, Scottie Pippen, Damon Stoudamire, and Steve Smith would be enough to overcome an emerging Lakers dynasty in the late 1990s, but bad calls and an inability to finish quickly led to the dismantling of the entertaining lineup and the introduction of the Jail Blazers.
The team has again re-imagined itself, and has collected a roster of solid citizens and dynamic scorers. TheSeats has the Portland Trail Blazers tickets to see this new group of young, talented players attempt to dominate the season schedule and bring home a second Finals trophy.
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