So, before I outright say it, I wanted to partially explain the logic behind it. I commented about this in another fan post, but I will explain it again.
The 09-10 season: 300 games lost to injury from our roster. Outlaw out for half the year, Pryz out for the season, Oden out forever, B-Roy out for a couple months, and various other players (LA, Batum) missed time due to injury. If you remember, that season quite literally felt like we were cursed. It was absolutely astonishing what we went through that year. I remember on the night of the final OKC game of the season, Mike Barrett said "and the Trail Blazers tonight, are going to get their 50th win of the season" and I teared up a little. We had been through so much turmoil, gotten so many kicks in the gut. It was silly all of the things we had to endure that year.
The 11-12 season. I don't particularly even wan't to write about this one. The poisonous snake that was Raymond Felton, and the other mutineers that plagued our team. After all we had been through in the previous offspring, amnestying our best player and releasing our number one draft pick, this was truly rock bottom. After going through about as much you could go through as a Blazer fan with injuries, we got a team that quit. The 40 point losses to Boston and New York was the most ashamed I have ever been to be a blazer fan. Felton, Crawford, Wallace and Camby got coach fired. This was the breaking point for a lot of fans. Many swore that they would never pay again to see the Blazers play.
But alas, we fleeced the Nets, hired a new GM and President, and things began to change. With the 6th pick in the 2012 NBA draft we took a kid by the name of Damian Lillard.
Last season, it was the polar opposite of the 11-12 season. The team NEVER quit. There were so many inspiring comebacks. It was so much fun to watch the team at the beginning of the season. They ran out of gas at the end of the season, but still, there was reason for hope.
And then this season. We have burst onto the scene, raining three pointers, an offensive juggernaut lead by the coach of the year, Terry Stotts. We sit at 22-5, second in the entire NBA, as contenders. And it all started with the pick of Damian Lillard. He rescued us from the losing, the quit, and the poison of the 11-12 team. He has given us hope. He is everything that makes us proud to be Blazer fans. Hard working, never quitting, loyal, resilient, clutch, etc.... He rescued the Portland Trail Blazers, and has restored Rip City.
And it is thus that I propose this nickname: The Savior.