Currently the second youngest team in the NBA, and the youngest team to ever win 50+ games in a single season, there's a lot to be proud of with the Trail Blazers. With so much to look forward to in the future, it'll surely be exciting to watch this team grow up and thrive as they develop unity and move from young talent to a veteran playoff-seasoned team.
No doubt, Brandon Roy is the Star player on the team. More than 'NBA ready' B-Roy is versatile, a threat on both ends of the court, he's got a brilliant basketball mind, but above all else, he's a positive member in his local community. Following the 2006-07 season, Brandon Roy was named the NBA Rookie of the Year, simultaneously lifting an organization from its darkest days, a city desperately in search for its next Clyde Drexler or Terry Porter. Blazermania found their man. He's a team-leader, and in 2009, for the 2nd straight year, Brandon Roy was named NBA All-Star.
Prior to the NBA, four years at the UW Brandon Roy yielded three NCAA Tournament appearances for the Huskies, as he capped his illustrious career with Pac-10 player of the year and first-team All-America honors as a senior. Recently Roy returned to UW to ovation, the school retiring his jersey - a capstone to his amazing performance while at the University.
The No. 25 jersey of former UW great Bob Houbregs is the only other to receive such a tribute.
The young talent loaded onto this team doesn't end with Brandon Roy, either. The sensational Spaniard who set the Euro league 'ablaze' the last several years, Rudy Fernandez is another up-and-coming star. You might remember Rudy from Spain's 2008 Men's Olympics Basketball team. In the August 24, 2008 Men's Gold-Medal Game during the Olympics, Fernandez scored 22 points, with 2 rebounds and 2 assists. Spain won the Silver medal, falling short of a victory against a revived Team USA.
Then there's the 2007 #1 pick in the NBA Draft: Greg Oden.
There's also Lamarcus Aldridge, a player who's catching on fast in the NBA and quickly becoming a threat against any team or player going up against him.
The Trail Blazer's have set themselves up for an exciting decade. One in which Portland fans will hopefully be delighted to a much desired Championship. After all, history has brought success to Portland, but also pain. The team has been so close to victory, so many times! Take a look at some of history's greatest Portland Trail Blazer moments. And for good measure, in memory of Clyde Drexler, his 1995 Championship win with the Houston Rockets. Houston, you can thank Portland any time now.
Regardless of the 2009 NBA playoffs outcome for the Blazers, one thing remains true. This is still a very, very young team. This years' playoffs are a true testament and necessary learning experience for a team sure to make a return in the coming seasons. Only time will tell how great this team will make a name for itself, however, today one thing seems reasonably true: Blazermania is back! And Portland finally has a team (again) to be very proud of.