Wednesday, August 8th, 2012 at 10:00 am  |  15 responses

Blazers Hire Terry Stotts As Head Coach

by Ryne Nelson

Dallas Mavericks assistant coach Terry Stotts will be named the new head coach in Rip City, the Trail Blazers announced. Stotts beat out interim head coach Kaleb Canales after the two interviewed with owner Paul Allen in London over the weekend, despite the fact that Canales was long rumored to be the favorite. Canales will remain with the Blazers as an assistant coach.

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 lead the Mavericks to the 2011 NBA Championship, particularly through his offensive expertise.

Per the team presser:

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. “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, said Olshey. ‘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, 54, has twice served as an NBA head coach, with two-year stints in both Milwaukee (2005-07) and Atlanta (2002-04). He has compiled an overall head coaching record of 115-168 (.406). ‘I’m very pleased to be a part of a great franchise in a beautiful city with such a proud history,’ said Stotts. ‘I look forward to working hard with Neil and our players toward the ultimate goal of bringing another championship to Portland.’

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  • http://www.slamonline.com/ Corky

    They should have hired Wiz Khalifa

  • Ryan

    Big mistake Kaleb Canales earned the team’s trust last year. Terry Stotts will be gone in a year and a half and the Blazer’s will still be a mess.

  • Basketball_iQ

    I just know charles barkley’s quote:
    Nate mcmillan is rolling over in his grave
    Horrible hire

  • http://www.twitter.com/_dfrance dfrance

    Idk why these owners are so afraid to take a chance on new, young coaching talent. Just recycling these old dudes who couldn’t get it done in the past is lame.

  • http://thahiphopcorner.com Kevin

    Yeah Portland should have went with Caneles bad move Blazers

  • LA Huey

    “Blazers proving to be a fan of Advanced Stotts”

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/tray24 T-Ray

    F*ck hiring someone new they should have stuck by Nate. He had respect and never got a legite shot at winning because of all the injuries.

  • dma

    nate HAD respect. he lost it last season. multiple games blown out, lead by veterans who quit on him. i’m looking at you gerald wallace, marcus camby, raymond felton.

  • http://slamonline.com The Philosopher

    Great opportunity for Stotts.
    Has a chance to show that he’s a better coach than his NBA record insicates.
    Wasn’t ready his first time around, in my opinion.
    Was a little young and overwhelmed.
    Let’s see what happens.

  • http://slamonline.com The Philosopher


  • http://slamonline.com The Philosopher

    He was almost fifty when he broke in.
    My bad…

  • http://slamonline.com The Philosopher

    R.I.P. to Dan Roundfield.
    Just shouted him out the other day…

  • Myung

    It’s not every day you can hire a guy with a 115-168 record. You’ve got to hire him before someone else snatches him up.

  • Myung

    Stotts. Lon Kruger. Bob Weiss. Mike Woodson. The Mt. Rushmore of the bad Hawks coaches of my lifetime. Actually, as much as I kill Woody, he’s freakin’ Phil Jackson compared to Stotts, Kruger, and Weiss. I can’t believe Portland hired Stotts. This has to be some elaborate joke.

  • BallsDeep

    Cool. As it say. A good eBayer. Recommended.!! You guys are awesome