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Height: 6-3 / 1.91
Weight:205 lbs. / 93 kg.
Height: 6-3 / 1.91
Weight:205 lbs. / 93 kg.
Emotion overcame most on hand during the latter speeches. Terry Porter fought back tears throughout his address. He spoke directly to Kersey’s grandmother, who brought up Jerome from the age of 2: “Know that you should be so proud of the man you raised. You did not get to experience firsthand, but this city, and this state, loved your grandson. They considered him as their own son, and he will live in their minds and hearts forever.”
Jerome Kersey, whose relentless and fearless style of play made him one of the most beloved Trail Blazers players, died unexpectedly Wednesday at Legacy Meridian Park Medical Center in Tualatin. He was 52. Kersey played 11 of his 17 NBA seasons in Portland, the starting small forward on some of the most celebrated Blazers teams. While Clyde Drexler provided the flair, and Terry Porter the big shots, it was Kersey who often created those opportunities by diving on the floor, or fighting for a rebound. And when it came time for him to be in the open court, his speed, size and leaping ability made him one of the more powerful dunkers in franchise history.
With a step-back, buzzer-beating 3-pointer against the Detroit Pistons, LaMarcus Aldridge netted his 11,333rd point in a Trail Blazers uniform, making him the second-leading scorer in franchise history. The basket moved him past Trail Blazers legend Terry Porter, who had held the No. 2 spot for nearly two decades with 11,330 points. Last season, Aldridge passed both Jerome Kersey (No. 5 with 10,067) and Cliff Robinson (No. 4 with 10,405) on the scoring list.
The Portland Trail Blazers announced today that NBA All-Star and Portland fan favorite Terry Porter has rejoined the organization as an ambassador. The former Trail Blazers point guard and NBA head coach previously served as a team ambassador from 2009-11.
Former NBA head coaches Terry Porter and Eric Musselman are interested in the vacant Oregon State basketball coaching job. Another ex-NBA head man, Lionel Hollins, probably isn’t, though he would entertain the idea if a representative of the OSU athletic department were to call. Porter, reached Friday in Minneapolis, said he hasn’t heard from anyone at Oregon State, though several people outside the program have reached out to him. “I’d be willing to listen,” was all Porter wanted to be quoted as saying.
Oregon State will move quickly in its search to replace Craig Robinson as men’s basketball coach but, according to a source close to the process on Wednesday evening, the Beavers are not expected to make a hire until late next week. An athletic department source tells The Oregonian that there has been enthusiastic interest from candidates such as Terry Porter and Lionel Hollins, who have contacted the Beavers directly, as well as a push from boosters to consider others including Eric Musselman and Damon Stoudamire.
The contracts for Adelman assistant coaches Terry Porter, Jack Sikma and T.R. Dunn all expire after this season, and each has been given permission to talk with other teams about jobs, Saunders said. Adelman’s sons R.J. and David have a season remaining on their contracts and will remain with the team next season.
12 Feb 14
Minnesota Timberwolves coach Rick Adelman missed Monday night’s game against the Houston Rockets due to personal reasons. Adelman is expected back on the sideline for Wednesday’s game against Denver. Assistant coach Terry Porter was set to serve as acting head coach for the game against the Rockets. In his third year as Minnesota’s coach, Adelman missed 11 games in January 2013 to help his wife, Mary Kay, as she suffered from seizures. Minnesota was 2-9 in those games.
13 Aug 13
How far away do you think you are from getting an opportunity to be a head coach? Shawn Respert: You know what? Not far away. I don’t think any young coach could ask for a better coaching staff that I came into. All of them are former NBA players: Adelman, Terry Porter, TR Dunn, Jack Sikma and then in Houston we had Elston Turner. All I had to do was just sit back and keep my mouth shut, listen and learn. After almost six years of working with a staff like that in the NBA, I’m sure I’m ready for a head coaching job for a college level or maybe a D-League opportunity. The NBA? Let’s say maybe five years. Then I’ll be ready to do something in the NBA and lead a team.
Former Portland Pilots big man Luke Sikma is on your summer league team for the second straight year. What do you like about him? “Luke’s a solid basketball player. He knows how to play; he has a great feel for the game. Obviously watching his dad (former Seattle SuperSonics great Jack Sikma) play I’m sure he’s picked up many things in how you play this game. He’s just smart, always in the right spot, can make the mid-rang shot, can pass. He’s kind of a glue guy on the team.”
Outside of your own team, has anything stood out or has anyone impressed you that you’ve seen? Minnesota Timberwolves assistant coach Terry Porter: “(Charlotte Bobcats power forward Cody) Zeller stood out to me today in the game I watched. He played really well, showed a lot of skill, especially with his ability to run the floor.”
Minnesota Timberwolves guard Ricky Rubio said Friday he has apologized to acting coach Terry Porter for an outburst over the team’s loss to the Brooklyn Nets. Rubio was upset that he sat out the final minutes of the Timberwolves’ 91-83 loss Wednesday night. He was especially agitated after he went to check into the game around the 4-minute mark but was called back to the bench when Porter decided to keep J.J. Barea in the game. “I apologized to him because it came out like I was saying something against him, and I never went against him,” Rubio said following a morning shootaround ahead of Friday night’s game against the Washington Wizards. “It was something against me, by myself, because I was frustrated with me because I didn’t play. It was something that didn’t have to be against him or the team.”
Adelman has been away from the Wolves to be with his wife, Mary Kay, who has been hospitalized with an undisclosed illness. Adelman has not coached the Wolves since their Jan. 5 game against Portland at Target Center. Adelman spoke to the team before Wednesday’s practice but did not stay. Wolves assistant Terry Porter led the practice and will continue in his role as acting head coach. The Wolves (16-20), who play Houston on Saturday night at Target Center, are 1-5 under Porter.
The Timberwolves played on without coach Rick Adelman Wednesday night in Oklahoma City for the second consecutive game while he tends to a personal matter believed to involve the health of a family member. Top assistant Terry Porter again coached the team, one night after the Wolves beat Atlanta 108-103 at Target Center. Adelman’s son, David, has remained with the team, working daily in his job as player development coach while his father remains in Minneapolis. Father and son talk regularly and Porter said he has talked daily with Adelman as well. “Every day, pre-game, post-game, how the game went, how the meetings went,” Porter said. “He’s still very much in contact with what’s going on. He’s gotten multiple views on how everything is going.”
Rick Adelman will miss his second straight game when the visiting Timberwolves take on Oklahoma City tonight. Assistant coach Terry Porter will service as acting head coach tonight, as was the case in Tuesday’s homecourt victory over Atlanta.
“What do you think my thoughts are about not being on the court? Are you kidding me?” Terry said when asked about the move of Rick Carlisle. “You know how I feel if I’m not on the court when it’s time to win the game. “I can’t check myself in and out of games. You got to ask the person that didn’t have me in the game. Ask him his thoughts. What I think don’t matter, really. I’m not trying to be a smart aleck. I’m just telling you the situation. I root my teammates on and wish we could have come out with the victory. It didn’t happen.”
Porter’s blame is intentionally nebulous. Porter would not cite what was specifically wrong with the roster but did give more of an indication when the topic of Shaquille O’Neal was raised. O’Neal had been acquired by the Suns four months before Porter’s hiring. “You can’t keep that style and then say, ‘We’re going to go get Shaq,’ ” Porter said. “There was some inner thought that the style was going to move another direction. “I don’t want to get into details. That’s spilled milk. I just think there are opportunities to make moves. What was the identity? That’s the biggest thing we struggled with. What was our identity going to be? When they went and got Shaq, they had a certain idea of what the identity was going to be. To try to implement that, you would have to change some roster spots.”
The Suns went into the All-Star break having lost 10 of 16 games and The Republic reported plans to fire Porter on All-Star weekend in Phoenix, just as he attended events with his kids. On the day of the All-Star Game, Porter was fired and replaced by Alvin Gentry, a D’Antoni holdover assistant. Porter became the 11th coach in NBA history to be fired with a winning record and only the second to have it happen in his first season with a team. “How many coaches have gotten just 51 games into a shot?” Porter said upon his first return to US Airways Center on Thursday. “How many when they were 28-23? It’s one thing to be 2-20 maybe or 2-18.”
Porter was owed the remainder of a three-year contract worth more than $6 million and did not take a coaching job until it expired. Any coaching salary would have offset what Phoenix owed him. He said the money did not soothe the pain, and he wants to prove himself as a head coach again. “Whenever you embark on something and you don’t have success to the level that you’d like, there’s always some regret,” said Porter, who also was fired by Milwaukee after going 71-93 in two seasons. “I look back at it now and there’s some disappointment but there’s also some satisfaction with where we were at the time and how our record was. “But when you fail, you fail. I don’t think anyone finds enjoyment out of failure. But does Porter feel he failed the Suns? “I don’t think I did,” he said. “In someone’s mind, I did.”
Adelman announced on Wednesday that Terry Porter, Jack Sikma, T.R. Dunn and Bill Bayno will join him as assistants on his staff. Porter interviewed for the head coaching position in Minnesota before it was given to Adelman. The former point guard played for Adelman with the Portland Trail Blazers and served as an assistant on his staff in Sacramento.
The Timberwolves won’t be hiring any of new coach Rick Adelman’s assistants until the NBA lockout is resolved. But when it is, former Wolves guard Terry Porter will be among them. Porter, 48, who coached the Milwaukee Bucks and Phoenix Suns, played for Adelman for six seasons with the Portland Trail Blazers. He also interviewed for the Wolves’ head coaching job.
Brian T. Smith: Ex-Blazers/Timberwolves’ Terry Porter could soon join Rick Adelman in Minnesota, sources say. Still could fall through. But “looking good.” Appears Elston Turner will likely stay with Suns.
Porter believes that will be particularly vital for Rubio. “It’s going to be huge,” Porter said. “It’s just not basketball. It’s all the cultural stuff. Maintaining his confidence is going to be very important. Rick is good at that, mostly by just constantly talking to you. Ricky is going to have a target on his back from the start. He’s going to be labeled a savior.”
“He did the same thing with me,” said Porter. “He said, ‘Play basketball the way you play basketball.’ Our offense was totally different from what he ran in Sacramento. He’s always looked at guys and tried to put the ball in their hands where they can be effective. He gave me a lot of confidence by doing that.” That’s because Adelman knows firsthand how vital confidence is to an NBA point guard. A seventh-round pick in 1968 by the San Diego Rockets, Adelman lasted seven seasons, playing for nine different coaches. “I wasn’t very good,” he said. “But playing for so many different coaches, I learned what made me successful as a point guard and what didn’t. When they had the hammer down and were strict about what I could and couldn’t do, my confidence went out the window and I couldn’t even do a lot of things I thought I did do well. You have to trust your point guard a little bit.”
Terry Porter, a 17-year NBA veteran and former head coach of the Phoenix Suns, can vouch for all that. He also interviewed for the Timberwolves’ head-coaching job but knew he had no chance once Adelman became interested in the job. Most of what Porter learned about working with a young point guard, he learned from Adelman by way of getting his start in the NBA under Adelman with the Portland Trail Blazers in 1985. “Rick is going to be able to talk to Ricky about his experiences with me,” said Porter. “He worked with me a lot on my shot. But until we got that down, he told me to play from a couple points of strength, things he knew I could do well. He won’t overload him with a system, he’ll just let him focus on a few things.”