The Portland Trail Blazers unveiled their new court for the 2019-20 season at Veteran’s Memorial Coliseum on Monday evening. Jordan Kent and Michael Holton were absolutely giddy about opening the doors inside Veterans Memorial Coliseum to reveal the new hardwood, and for good reason: CREAM KEYS!!
For those old enough to remember, the Coliseum housed the Blazers until 1995. The Title-winning 1977 squad won all 10 of their home playoff games there. Now used for WHL hockey (go Winterhawks!), the Rose Festival Parade, and other assorted events, the Coliseum retains a humble charm only found in cracked leather seats and circular section numbers.
It is only fitting, then, that the promise of a new season will ignite itself at the Coliseum in a preseason game against the Denver Nuggets on October 6th, and that the first peek at the court was in its original home.
Also fitting from a Portland sense was a sneaker design contest, in which 30+ artists spent 20 minutes covering blank Air Force Ones with sharpie in any way they could. Sneaker Week PDX offered a look at custom-made designs as well, each representing a decade of the franchise’s history.
A new door will open for the Blazers this season. While Portland expands its national (and international) brand, it’s good to see that the organization is still committed to its core.