Portland Trail Blazers Hire Terry Stotts as Head Coach

August 7th, 2012 by Eric Ball Leave a reply »
The search for the next coach of the Portland Trail Blazers is finally over.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, the organization has decided on Terry Stotts:

The Portland Trail Blazers have hired Dallas assistant Terry Stotts as head coach, the team says in a statement.

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) August 7, 2012 The 54-year-old Stotts has spent the last four seasons as lead assistant for the Dallas Mavericks. Before that, he accumulated a 115-168 record as head coach of the Atlanta Hawks (2002-04) and Milwaukee Bucks (2005-07), leading the Bucks to the playoffs in the ’05-06 season.

He was an All-Big 8 forward at Oklahoma and played basketball professionally for nine years, mostly in France.

Stotts was the de facto offensive guru during the Dallas Mavericks' 2011 title run. Mavs coach Rick Carlisle had nothing but good things to say about his former assistant when talking about Stotts last month (via The Oregonian):

There are a lot of inexperienced coaches who might lose four or five early games and get paralyzed. Terry wouldn't blink. It pains me to say this, but I ...

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