In the meantime, the season schedule is now out. Highlights include the opening home game against the Lakers, which will mark Rajon Rondo's first game in the purple-and-gold; Portland's first Christmas game since 2010, against the Jazz in Utah; and a long road trip consisting of seven games in two weeks.
Perhaps to ease some of the Neil Olshey-related angst festering within a sizable chunk of the fanbase, the organization decided to get creative with the reveal, putting together this neat little Oregon Trail-themed preview to the long, ravaging slog that is the NBA regular season—because the state's greatest contribution to pop-culture remains a 40-year-old computer game everyone was forced to play in school.
In all seriousness, it's pretty fun.
Will the real Blazers make the playoffs, or die of dysentery around the All-Star break? Only time will tell. But at least we'll always have eight-bit Dame murdering opposing mascots with basketballs.