Bottom line: It was a heady first decade of existence for the Trail Blazers, who won an NBA title in just their seventh season.
After that, there have been some problems. Mainly with the NBA draft.
In 1984, picking No. 2 overall, Portland selected Kentucky center Sam Bowie, an all-time draft bust. At No. 3, the Bulls selected Michael Jordan, arguably the greatest basketball player of all-time.
In 2007, the Trail Blazers had a chance at redemption with the No. 1 overall pick and selected center Greg Oden, another all-time draft bust. At No. 2, the Seattle SuperSonics picked 2014 NBA Most Valuable Player, two-time NBA Finals MVP and 10-time All-Star Kevin Durant.
Those are some tough memories for Portland, which still is waiting for another title.