Synopses & Reviews
With an amazing collection of anecdotes and rare photographs, Blazermania captures the magic moments and behind-the-scenes stories that have unfolded in the four decades since Harry Glickman and his serendipitous raincoat first brought professional basketball to Portland. The book highlights great moments, uncovers photographs from the vast archives of the Trail Blazers and the Oregonian, and takes an in-depth look at an array of topics, including the birth of "Rip City" and the team's rise to prominence, Dr. Jack Ramsay's arrival and the road to the 1977 NBA championship, the career and legacy of star-crossed center Bill Walton, Clyde Drexler, Terry Porter, and the beloved two-time Western Conference champions and the team's new tradition of excellence, led by Brandon Roy, Greg Oden, and LaMarcus Aldridge. Learn how one of the NBA's smallest cities was transformed into one of basketball's foremost meccas, hosting 814 straight sellouts, 21 straight playoff appearances, and three NBA Finals, as well as the NBA Draft and the historic 1992 Dream Team.
About the Author
Wayne Thompson is an award-winning writer and the team's first beat writer for the Oregonian. He's been a fixture on press row for more than 2,000 Trail Blazers games and explores the unique bond between the team, its fans, and the city of Portland. A senior writer for the Portland Trail Blazers, Thompson has written for such magazines as Time, Fortune, and the Sporting News, and is the former sports editor at the Oregonian.
Bruce Ely, an award-winning photojournalist for the Oregonian, has covered the Trail Blazers for the past 10 seasons and serves as the book's photo editor. Ely has ventured into photo vaults past and present and has assembled the most intriguing collection of images ever depicting the Trail Blazers' forty years as an NBA franchise.
Bill Walton, the center of attention of the 1977 NBA World Champions, wrote the book's "Trail Blazing" foreword in quintessential Walton style. A two-time NCAA champion at UCLA, Walton was enshrined in the James Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 1993 and is a member of the NBA's all-time "NBA at 50" team.