Only the Harlem Globetrotters have ever played a season longer than the one the Trail Blazers just finished, But the Trotters got to play the Washington Generals every night. Portland's marathon season is finally over after a 131-122 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers Saturday night.
The season that started on Oct. 23, 2019, ended 10 months and six days later -- or a total of 311 days -- with most of the last two months inside a quarantine bubble.
The defeat ended Portland's playoff run at five games, after an eight-game seeding schedule and one play-in game.
It was a season full of landmark events, the majority of which were not happy ones for the Trail Blazers and their fans:
Portland began the season without injured center Jusuf Nurkic and he did not return until the seeding games.
Starting power forward Zach Collins was injured in the season's third game and he didn't return until the seeding games.
Portland lost 12 of its first 17 games and never quite recovered. There were some brutal losses mixed in, too.
Rodney Hood established himself as the team's starting small forward and was off to an outstanding start, shooting 50.6 percent from the field and 49.3 percent from three-point range before he, too, was lost for the season, due to injury.
Carmelo Anthony was signed to a free-agent contract Nov. 19 and proved to be a valuable addition all the way through the playoffs -- and when the season ended he said he prayed he would return to Portland next season.
Team founder Harry Glickman passed away on June 10 -- probably the most influential man in Oregon sports history.
One of the team's all-time fan favorites and stars, Clifford Robinson, passed away at age 53 on the same day as the team's final game.
Damian Lillard put together the highest-scoring 10-game stretch in team history and had a six-game stretch when he scored 293 points and assisted on 151 points, accounting for 444 points -- the most for an NBA player ever, including that stretch when Wilt Chamberlain scored 100 points in one game.
Lillard also became one of just three players who reached the 60-point plateau three times in a season.
Hassan Whiteside, came in a trade to play the center position while Nurkic healed and led the league in blocked shots.
The league took a hiatus during the pandemic and the Trail Blazers were in ninth place at that time.
Portland won six of its eight seeding games in Orlando to get into the play-in and then dumped Memphis to move into the playoffs.
Portland took one game from the Lakers, then lost the next four, as injuries once again plagued the team.
First, though, Trevor Ariza, a late-season pickup who filled a void in the starting lineup, opted out of the bubble because of a custody situation with his son.
CJ McCollum played most of the bubble with a fracture in his lower back, going 46 minutes in the final game. He said no surgery will be needed but he'll be resting it for a couple of months.
The Trail Blazers will head into next season with question marks -- too many to mention here and impossible to answer at this point.
After the financial disaster caused by COVID-19, the league's salary cap is a moving target right now, making it impossible to know how much cap room teams might have to sign or re-sign players.
It was a strange season, all in all, and an even stranger year.
And it seemed as if it would never end.