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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- The Portland Trail Blazers hired Terry Stotts as head coach on Tuesday, filling the NBA's last coaching vacancy.
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.
Stotts, 54, 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.
"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."
While the team may develop championship habits, it appears to be several seasons away from contending for championship banners.
The roster as constructed is interesting, yet unproven. Aldridge and Batum are set at forward, but incumbent shooting guard Wesley Matthews is coming off a so-so season in which he shot 41 percent from the field and the Trail Blazers thus far don't have a true center for the opening tip on Halloween night.
Rookie Damian Lillard, the sixth overall pick in the draft, is expected to start at point guard after his good showing in the Las Vegas summer league. Other intriguing young players include 7-foot-1 Meyers Leonard, the 11th overall pick in the draft; guard Elliot Williams, who had flashes of brilliance before a shoulder injury ended his season; and a pair of new imports -- forward Joel Freeland of Great Britain and swingman Victor Claver of Spain.
"I'm very pleased to be part of a great franchise in a beautiful city with 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."
Stotts coached Atlanta to a 52-85 record after replacing Lon Kruger in December 2002. He was an assistant with Golden State before getting his second chance as a head coach with Milwaukee in 2005. He led the Bucks to the playoffs in 2006, but was fired toward the end of the following season.
He has coached under Rick Carlisle the past four seasons. In a recent interview with The Oregonian, Carlisle said: "Of all the coaches presently in play, Terry is by far the best available. He's a professional and understands the process of NBA coaching and how to communicate and teach young players."
Before becoming a head coach, Stotts was an assistant under George Karl for six years in Seattle and four with Milwaukee.
He played college ball at Oklahoma and was drafted in the second round by the Houston Rockets in 1980.
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The Portland Trail Blazers hired Terry Stotts as head coach on Tuesday.
Stotts has spent the previous four seasons as an assistant with the Dallas Mavericks. Scott's first head coaching job in the NBA came in 2002 when he replaced Lon Kruger, and coached the Atlanta Hawks to a 52-85 record. He went on to become an assistant with Golden State before getting his second chance...
The Portland Trail Blazers have hired Terry Stotts as head coach.
The move announced Tuesday by Trail Blazers general manager Neil Olshey fills 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.
Olshey said in a news release...
Almost everybody deserves another chance. This includes failed NBA coaches like Terry Stotts, whose only perceivable achievement thus far has been a sub-.500 career record. The Trail Blazers are a solid organization, though, so it is worth giving the benefit of the doubt to Stotts, whom the Blazers have hired as their new head coach. The 54-year-old Oklahoma alum lost a lot more...
Terry Stotts says there a lot of good coaches who don't have good records, and he hopes to show Portland fans that he's one of them.
Stotts was introduced Wednesday as the head coach of the Trail Blazers.
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.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski, ( @WojYahooNBA ) the Portland Trail blazers have hired former Mavs assistant Terry Stotts to become their teams 14th head coach in team history. Terms of the deal are not known. Stotts will replace interim coach Kaleb Canales. ” Terry is one of the elite offensive minds in the NBA, has extensive experience with multiple organizations and was...
PORTLAND, Ore. - The Portland Trail Blazers have named Terry Stotts as the team's head coach, it was announced today by General Manager Neil Olshey. Stotts becomes the 14th head coach in Trail Blazers history.
An 18-year coaching veteran, Stotts most recently served as an assistant coach with Dallas for four seasons from 2008-12. Under head coach Rick Carlisle, Stotts helped...
Terry Stotts who last HEAD coached for the Atlanta Hawks and Milwaukee Bucks, has been hired as the new head coach of the Portland Trail Blazers, general manager Neil Olshey announced.
His record in the NBA is 115-168.
Terry is one of the elite offensive minds in the NBA, has extensive experience with multiple organizations and was instrumental in...
Terry Stotts, who spent the past four seasons as the Dallas Mavericks top assistant, has been named the Portland Trail Blazers' new head coach, the team announced Tuesday. Stotts, 54, replaces interim coach Kaleb Canales, who took over last season when Nate McMillan was fired. Stotts has been an NBA head coach on two previous occasions, leading the Milwaukee Bucks from...
The final vacant head coaching position remaining in the NBA was filled Tuesday when the Portland Trail Blazers hired Mavericks assistant coach Terry Stotts to replace Nate McMillan.
Stotts has four seasons of prior head coaching experience, spending a year and a half each with the Hawks and the Bucks. His overall record is not incredibly sterling and he has just one Playoff...
Terry Stotts shared his vision for the Blazers, both offensively and defensively.
Terry Stotts has been hired by the Blazers as their new head coach.
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After months of waiting to hear who will finally replace ousted head coach Nate McMillan, Blazers fans are waking up Wednesday morning to hear that Kaleb Canales is not the official head coach of Rip City, but rather Dallas Mavericks’ assistant Terry Stotts.
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1). A Trade Proposal
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