Original Blazer Dies at 76

Shaler Hlimon played on inaugrual 1970-71 team

Shaler Halimon, an original member of the Portland Trail Blazers, who went on to call Oregon his home, has died at the age of 76.

The Trail Blazers organization announced Monday that it was mourning Holimon, an original member of Portland’s inaugural 1970-71 team.

While his time playing for the Trail Blazers was brief, he made a lasting impact on Rip City and ultimately called Oregon home once his NBA career concluded – and became a widely beloved driver for Oregon’s TriMet public transportation system.

The Blazers said Shaler was also a proud member of the Trail Blazers Alumni Program for many years, promoting the good will of the Trail Blazers organization across Oregon and the Pacific Northwest.

"We extend our heartfelt condolences to Shaler’s family and loved ones," a team representative said.