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Jordan makes final visit to Portland

Updated: March 26, 2003, 1:23 AM ET
Associated Press

PORTLAND, Ore. -- "With the second pick in the 1984 NBA Draft, the Portland Trail Blazers select..."

The next two words altered the course of two franchises. One team would rise to an NBA dynasty, surpassed only by the legendary Boston Celtics of the 1960s in its dominance.

The other team would trudge along in sustained mediocrity, save a three-year stretch in the early 1990s that featured two trips to the league finals, but no championship.

On that June day almost ...

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