The lockout-shortened 2011-12 campaign was a tumultuous one for Portland, which began with cult hero Brandon Roy enduring a forced retirement before the start of training camp. Despite the development, the Blazers jumped out to a 7-2 record, only to enter a state of mediocrity. As the season wore on, certain players appeared to quit, longtime head coach Nate McMillan was fired, and starters Gerald Wallace and Marcus Camby were jettisoned, spurring a rebuild. Under the direction of interim coach Kaleb Canales, Portland displayed a more competitive spirit. However, after LaMarcus Aldridge’s year ended abruptly on April 10 due to a hip injury, the team won just once more, finished 28-38, and missed the playoffs for the first time in four seasons.
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