Packaging: Slim Jewel Case with cover image
Narrated by Bill Schonely
They seemed to emerge from the NBA wilderness to win the championship in 1977. They were the Portland Trailblazers and for one unforgettable season they were the toast of the NBA being paced by one of the greatest centers the game has ever know in Bill Walton.
Featuring exciting play-by-play action highlights and interviews of the 1976-77 NBA World Champion Portland Trail Blazers.
"Basically, what went wrong for Philadelphia was that we were the better team" -- Bill Walton, Trail Blazers center after the deciding game of the NBA Championship Playoffs.
On June 5, 1977 the Portland Trail Blazers brought to the Pacific Northwest the World Championship of Professional Basketball when they defeated the Philadelphia 76ers, 109-107, taking the best of seven final playoffs, four games to two. Some people would have you think that the 1976-77 Portland Trail Blazers were a Cinderella team. But, in reality, they were not. They were a team of twelve disciplined players, orchestrated by Coach Jack Ramsay.
But, on the other hand, some of the Trail Blazers' accomplishments, in their championship season, did border on the incredible. The fact that they were the first team ever to win the championship in their first playoff appearance is amazing. The fact that they were only the second team in NBA history to lose the first two games of the final playoffs and then win the championship is the kind of stuff of which legends are made.
But the real story of the Portland Trail Blazers is the players. The twelve players who gave their all in a common cause - that of bringing the World Championship of Professional Basketball to the great Northwest.