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Terry Stotts is as good a good fit for Portland

Tue, 10/09/2012 - 2:47pm
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The Portland Trail Blazers finally answered the question about their head coach by naming Terry Stotts to the position Tuesday afternoon.

After months of uncertainty, the team has a leader with experience in the position.

Stotts gets credit for helping develop the offense the Dallas Mavericks used to win the 2011 NBA Championship.

Of course, that offense had Dirk Nowitzki at its center, Jason Terry dashing down the lane and Jason Kidd handling the ball. Don't forget the energetic, involved owner, Mark Cuban, and years of previous near-misses as a playoff team.

In Portland, Stotts takes over a franchise basically re-starting its drive to become a playoff team, which chose him as coach over ... Caleb Kanales, who is regularly noted for having started with the team as a video coordinator.

Stotts inherits a team with an All-Star in LaMarcus Aldridge, but is mostly waiting to be developed or recogonized for their consistency such as Nicolas Batum. Only Aldridge has as many as six years of experience in the league among the current roster.

Portland's has - plenty of potential - had to be a key in Stotts wanting to move to the Rose City, something that plenty of other possible coaches apparently weren't hyped about, even without the stress of needing to win right away. Stotts can grow with the team, as Portland's fans learn to love the roster of young guns.

So, it's "Rise With Us!" again. From the coach to rookies to international standouts.

 

 

Stotts steps in as Blazers coach

The Dallas assistant coach brings head coaching experience to Portland
Aug. 7, 2012

The Portland Trail Blazers hired Terry Stotts as head coach on Tuesday, filling the NBA's last coaching vacancy.

The 54-year-old Stotts had a 115-168 record as coach of the Atlanta Hawks and Milwaukee Bucks before spending the past four seasons as an assistant with the Dallas Mavericks. He inherits a team that fell drastically short of expectations last season and heads into the new campaign with a roster that includes forwards LaMarcus Aldridge, Nicolas Batum, and a lot of question marks.

"Terry is one of the elite offensive minds in the NBA, has extensive experience with multiple organizations and was instrumental in the Dallas Mavericks winning the 2011 NBA championship," general manager Neil Olshey said. "He understands the vision for the future of the franchise, appreciates the process involved and will create an environment on the court that will produce championship habits."

Stotts replaces Kaleb Canales, who went 8-15 in an interim role after Nate McMillan was fired.

Stotts and Canales emerged as the finalists for the permanent job, and the men reportedly interviewed with owner Paul Allen over the weekend at the London Olympics. Canales has been in the Trail Blazers organization since 2005. It is unclear if he will remain with the club.

"I'm very pleased to be part of a great franchise in a beautiful city with a such a proud history," Stotts said in a news release. "I look forward to working hard with Neil and our players toward the ultimate goal of bringing another championship to Portland."

Before becoming a head coach, Stotts was an assistant under George Karl for six years in Seattle and four with Milwaukee.

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