Harry Glickman, the founder and former common supervisor of the Portland Trail Blazers, is lifeless on the age of 96, the workforce introduced. Glickman based the Blazers in 1970 after being awarded an growth franchise offered he might collect sufficient investor assist. He did so, and spent the primary 17 years of the workforce’s existence as its high govt. In that point, he and common supervisor Stu Inman employed Hall of Fame coach Dr. Jack Ramsay and drafted UCLA star Bill Walton, the duo that led Portland to its first and solely championship in 1977.
“The Trail Blazers have long been the beneficiary of Harry’s vision, generosity, and inspiration,” stated Jody Allen, Chair of the Trail Blazers. “As the team’s founder and first General Manager, his leadership was instrumental in igniting our city’s pride and passion for sports. I am grateful for Harry’s many contributions to the franchise over the years. He will be missed by many.”
Walton, the best participant Glickman ever acquired, posted a letter to Glickman on the workforce’s web site wherein he thanked him for his position in bringing the Blazers to Portland.
Glickman was promoted to president emeritus of the workforce in 1987, a task he held till 1994. In that span, the Blazers reached the NBA Finals twice, in 1990 and 1992, led by Clyde Drexler. They haven’t executed so since then.
Former Blazers proprietor Paul Allen died simply earlier than the 2018-19 season. The dying of Glickman represents one other lack of a key determine within the workforce’s historical past.