The Portland City Council is determined to keep the Portland Trail Blazers in Rip City for the long-term.
Wednesday morning ahead of the City Council Session at City Hall, the Trail Blazers organization was honored by the city.
Trail Blazers Head Coach Terry Stotts, along with General Manager Neil Olshey, and Senior Vice President of Venue Operations Chris Oxley sat in front of Mayor Ted Wheeler, Commissioner Nick Fisher, and the rest of the City Council while Wheeler proclaimed June 12th, 2019 Trail Blazers Day.
“This is a proclamation honoring the Portland Trail Blazers. I’d like to thank coach Terry Stotts and Neil Olshey, Chris Oxley, and the Blazers staff for joining us this morning. I want to congratulate the Blazer players for having a truly incredible season this year,” Mayor Wheeler said.
Commissioner Nick Fish spoke to Stotts and Olshey directly, as well, showing his commitment to keep Portland an NBA city.
“I want to make a pitch for the future,” Fish said. “We were very lucky to have an owner of this team that invested freely in building great teams and keeping [them] here… We lost Mr. Allen to cancer. His sister is now running the team and obviously will be making some decisions about the team in the next few years about the direction of the team and her intentions."
“I wouldn’t want to miss an opportunity too for the city to go on record of saying, we’ll do everything that we can within our power to keep the Trail Blazers here forever,” Fish added.
Commissioner Fish made sure to drive home his point that the city is determined to keep the Blazers in Rip City, adding, “there will be other cities competing for the Trail Blazers, there may be owners that have fancy ideas, but the Trail Blazers belong in Portland and the city is committed to keeping you here.”
Mayor Wheeler then concluded the presentation to the Trail Blazers with a simple, but powerful statement:
“The Blazers are part of the DNA of this city.”
It’s obvious that Mayor Wheeler understands how much the Trail Blazers are rooted in this city and it’s clear the City Council is prepared to keep this team in Portland well into the future.