HoopsHype Terry Porter rumors

February 10, 2014 Updates

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. Washington Times

July 25, 2013 Updates

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. HoopsHype

July 16, 2013 Updates
February 21, 2013 Updates

Joan Nielsen: Terry Porter said that he expects Adelman on the trip, just uncertain whether he'd be flying with the team to OKC or going later on his own. Twitter @JoanNiesen

January 25, 2013 Updates

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." ESPN.com

January 19, 2013 Updates

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. St. Paul Pioneer Press

January 10, 2013 Updates

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." Minneapolis Star-Tribune

January 9, 2013 Updates

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. Minneapolis Star-Tribune

March 9, 2012 Updates

"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.'' Dallas Morning News

March 3, 2012 Updates

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." Arizona Republic

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." Arizona Republic

December 7, 2011 Updates

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. Oklahoman

October 7, 2011 Updates

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. St. Paul Pioneer Press

October 6, 2011 Updates
October 5, 2011 Updates

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." ESPN.com

"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." ESPN.com

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