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The 1984 off-season was one of argument. The Blazers used their #2 pick to breeze center Sam Bowie, bypass future Hall-of-Famers Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley, and John Stockton. Bowie undergo a series of grave leg injuries that incomplete his manufacture for the team. One brilliant spot in the 1984 draft was the assortment of forward Jerome Kersey. That summer, the Blazers team sent Dunn, Lever, Cooper, and a draft pick to the Denver Nuggets for onward Kiki Vandeweghe. While Vandeweghe would have more than a few productive seasons in Portland , the trade was widely disliked. Vandeweghe was regard as an outstanding shooter and passer, but a poor defender and rebounded.
In 1985, the side selected point watch Terry Porter in the draft. After quite a few consecutive seasons of losing in the first round, the Ramsay Era ended in the summer of 1986 when the long-time coach was fired and replaced with Mike Schuler.
The summer of '86 was a colossal one, both for the Portland Trail Blazers team and for the league. In adding to the firing of Ramsay, the Blazers team made more than a few draft selections which were both contentious, and which would foreshadow quite a few changes that would come to the NBA. In the first round of the draft, the Blazers (who had 2 picks) selected ahead Walter Berry out of St. John's , and center Arvydas Sabonis out of the Soviet Union . Later in the draft, the Blazers team reached behind the Iron Curtain yet again, and chose sentry Dražen Petrovic from what was then Yugoslavia . The drafting of two "communists" was extremely contentious—the Cold War was still going on; and many hesitation that either player would be permitted to come play in the NBA.
The assortment of Berry was a prophesy event in another way. Unlike the two Eastern European players, he was obtainable and reported to the Blazers team—whereupon it became obvious that he was a locker-room cancer. After only a few months with the team, Berry was trade to the San Antonio Spurs for another contentious rookie, center Kevin Duckworth.