1977 Blazer champs gather in Portland for 40th reunion
PORTLAND, Ore. —
It’s been 40 years since the Trail Blazers brought Rip City its only NBA Title.
But for those players from that era who gathered in Portland on Wednesday, it felt like yesterday.
The Blazers’ organization picked Wednesday night’s game against the Lakers to bring the championship crew back together. And one thing was for sure, these guys still love being around each other.
The bulk of the 1977 champions sat next to each other at Dr. Jack’s restaurant at the Rose Quarter.
Current Blazers Coach Terry Stotts spoke of his love and respect for the late great Coach Jack Ramsey.
Blazers broadcast legend Bill Schonely served as master of ceremonies and, of course, Bill Walton was the loudest and proudest Blazer among the group that he helped lead to victory over the Sixers in 1977.
“Forty years. I can’t believe it,” Walton, who played at center, said. “It seems like yesterday. And the memories, and the freshness, and it was the ultimate celebration of basketball as fine as it’s ever been played in front of these incredible fans here in this beautiful place.”
“The one thing that we know for sure – in 1977, 40 years ago – this group of guys, all of us, became world champions for the city of Portland,” said then-Blazers guard Johnny Davis.
Most of the guys talked about how much the fans meant to them in 1977 and how much the city had grown in 40 years.