The Portland Chinooks are a professional men's basketball team based out of Portland, Oregon. They are charter members of the International Basketball League and began play in the league in 2004. The team is owned by local businessman Terry Emmert. They have played their home games at various locations since their inception, including the Peter Stott Center and the Rose Garden, with home games currently at Eastmoreland Courts in southeast Portland. The team colors of red and black are shared with their predecessors from the NBA, the Portland Trail Blazers.
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. His choice to have home games played at Portland's Eastmoreland Racquet Club created a furor among members, and forced the Chinooks to find a new venue for the team's second season (this decision was also influenced by the 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.
For 2006, the team reportedly pursued several venues, and played their home opener at the Rose Garden on March 12. The team's scheduled venue for the 2014 season are the Eastmoreland Courts.