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Path Blazers half methods with coach Terry Stotts; Damian Lillard voices his selection for substitute

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The Path Blazers did not wait lengthy to make a change after a disappointing first-round exit. 

Solely a day faraway from a Recreation 6 loss to the Nuggets, Portland and coach Terry Stotts agreed to half methods, the workforce introduced Friday evening. Stotts, 63, leaves the Path Blazers with the second-most teaching wins in franchise historical past (402-318 file), behind solely Jack Ramsay (453-367), who guided the workforce to its solely NBA championship in 1977.

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“I’ve the utmost respect for Terry and what he has completed these previous 9 seasons,” Neil Olshey, Portland’s president of basketball operations, mentioned within the workforce’s assertion. “This was a tough choice on each a private {and professional} degree but it surely’s in the most effective curiosity of the franchise to maneuver in one other path. Terry will at all times maintain a particular place within the Path Blazer household and the Portland group.

“We relied on the integrity, professionalism and consistency he dropped at the job day by day and we want he and Jan nothing however the most effective.”

Portland reached the playoffs in eight of Stotts’ 9 seasons, but it surely didn’t make it out of the primary spherical in 4 of its previous 5 postseason journeys. The writing was on the wall for Stotts after the Path Blazers didn’t defeat a Nuggets workforce that entered the 2021 NBA playoffs with out starters Jamal Murray and Will Barton and backup guard PJ Dozier.

Now the Path Blazers head right into a pivotal offseason searching for a coach who can lead the workforce to a deep playoff run. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported Friday that Portland has just a few potential substitute candidates in thoughts: Clippers assistant Chauncey Billups, ESPN analyst Jeff Van Gundy, Nets assistant Mike D’Antoni and Michigan coach Juwan Howard. 

Path Blazers star Damian Lillard, whose four-year supermax extension will kick in starting subsequent season, is predicted to have “main enter” on the subsequent coach, per Yahoo Sports activities’ Chris Haynes. Lillard made his views public Friday, and his first selection was not on the above record.

He instructed Haynes and The Athletic’s Jason Fast and Shams Charania on Friday evening that Lakers assistant Jason Kidd ought to get the job. “Jason Kidd is the man I need,” Haynes quoted Lillard as saying.

Lillard was much less dedicated to Kidd in his feedback to The Athletic (subscription required), leaving the door open barely for Billups. “I like J. Kidd and Chauncey,” he mentioned.

Sources instructed Haynes and The Athletic that Lillard respects Kidd’s basketball data, his NBA head teaching expertise (Nets, Bucks) and his historical past as a fellow level guard from Oakland.



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