Originally Posted by ryantheporchkid
The NBA will do everthing in their power, probably more to make sure that Portland is not the next dynasty. Nobody can market Portland.
Seriously? How did they screw that up back in '77?
How can you say that "no one can market Portland" when Portland as a city has been named the most livable city in the US for almost a decade, is the center of a lot of civic and city planning models, and has a public transit system so good that NY, LA, Chicago et. al. have basically been trying to copy it?
These things all have nothing to do with basketball, I understand, but Portland as a city is becoming a tourist spot for being so different from "big cities" across the country. A lot of people describe Portland as a Europeon style city in the middle of America, which is an interesting description for sure.
And in the next 20 years Portland is projected to double in size... it's one of two major cities in the entire country where the housing bubble didn't completely screw property values because people are still buy land and moving here.
In short, your view of Portland as unmarketable is 15 years old.