The Portland Chinooks
The Portland Chinooks are a franchise in the International Basketball League based in Portland, Oregon and owned by local businessman Terry Emmert.
Emmert, who bought the team due in part to his problems with the ABA's Portland Reign, did not escape problems with the Chinooks in his attempt to bring minor league hoops to Portland. The Chinooks originally played at Portland's Eastmoreland Racquet Club but but were forced to find a new venue for the team's second season due to a need for a larger venue.
The team was a strong success on the court, going 14-8 to grab third in the west. Lincoln Smith (24.1 ppg) and Kenny Tate (21.8 ppg) made the league's top 25 in scoring.
The Chinooks will play at multiple locations, including Peter Stott Center, in upcoming seasons.
About the International Basketball League
The International Basketball League is a second year professional basketball league featuring two rules that reduce dead time: 1) one timeout per quarter 2) an immediate inbound. The result is an athletic game that is very fun to watch. The IBL scoring average per team in 2005 was 127 pts per game. The IBL also is based on affordability for an owner. IBL owners will get very efficient schedules; owners are guaranteed a maximum of one trip that requires air travel. This efficiency of schedule means that once a team is founded, that team will survive and then thrive.