Originally posted on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 12/17/13
Didn’t See This Coming As I sit here writing my weekly analysis of Terry Stotts and the Portland Trail Blazers, the team tucked away in the Pacific Northwest sits atop not just the Western Conference, but the entire NBA with the league’s best record. At 21-4, the Blazers are half a game ahead of the Indiana Pacers. Nobody saw this coming, and I mean absolutely nobody. Because of the success of this team, we’re going to step away from the usual template of this piece. Typically we examine what the coach has done right, what he can improve and what to look forward to next week. This time, however, there’s only one question on my mind: Is Stotts a legitimate Coach of the Year candidate? The easy answer is yes, but let’s look at why. First and foremost, he has this team winning on the road. The Blazers had just 11 wins away from the Rose Garden all last year, yet it has found a way to match that total in its first 13 road outings this season. The other thing Stotts has done is allow his...
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