Portland Trail Blazers inaugural owner Larry Weinberg dies at 92

Updated: Jan. 2, 2019 at 4:52 PM PST
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PORTLAND, Ore. (KPTV) - An inaugural owner of the Portland Trail Blazers, Larry Weinberg, died Wednesday.

Weinberg’s family said he passed away in Los Angeles at the age of 92.

Along with others, Weinberg led the group that helped bring the NBA to Portland in 1970. He became a majority owner of the team in 1975 and was team president when the Trail Blazers won the NBA Championship in 1977.

“Under Larry’s ownership, the Portland Trail Blazers became the best franchise in the NBA,” Founding president Harry Glickman said.

In 1988, Weinberg sold the Trail Blazers to the late Paul Allen.

“Larry was truly a bright spot for our franchise, a gentleman’s gentleman as an owner and team executive,” Trail Blazers founding broadcaster Bill Schonely said. “Whenever he was in the office, he made a special effort to always visit with employees. Larry was good to the Trail Blazers players and coaches, and someone we all admired.”

In Jan. 2017, Weinberg and his family joined the Trail Blazers in celebrating the 40th anniversary of the team’s 1977 Championship.