Foreword by Bill Walton
Written by Wayne Thompson
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.
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.