HoopsHype Terry Porter rumors

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

September 29, 2011 Updates

What about Terry Porter? He played for you in Portland, coached with you in Sacramento and he was popular during his time with the Timberwolves. Rick Adelman: He's definitely somebody who would be in the mix. NBA.com

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Bird and Vogel have met several times in recent weeks, and have targeted several assistant coaches – including Terry Porter and J.B. Bickerstaff – that the Pacers would like to surround Vogel. Indiana hasn’t completely ruled out waiting longer and meeting with outside candidates, but management and Vogel have been increasingly in agreement on how to proceed forward together. Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle has urged Bird – a close friend of his – to consider assistant coach Dwane Casey, but that appears a more unlikely route. Yahoo! Sports

June 2, 2011 Updates

Hamblen would be interested in the job if approached, according to the newspaper. Former head coach Terry Porter and Minnesota Timberwolves assistant John-Blair Bickerstaff are possible candidates, according to sources. Indianapolis Star

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I reached out to former Trail Blazers’ No. 1 draft pick Mychal Thompson yesterday as I worked on a story that wondered whether the Blazers’ GM job was still desirable in the wake of Rich Cho’s unexpected firing. Thompson didn’t just praise the job opportunity — asking “who wouldn’t want to work for one of the best franchises in professional sports?” — he had a candidate in mind. “I know who would be the perfect fit,” Thompson said. “It would be a great PR move, he’s highly qualified, knows the game inside and out and he’s right there in house. “Terry Porter.” Oregonian

“It’s still very much a desirable job,” Porter said. “Any GM candidate is going to look at is as an opportunity to work with a great ownership group that is willing to spend money and use resources to put the best team on the court. The fan base is second to none ... and when you look at the roster, I think it’s a good roster. If this roster was healthy, there’s no doubt this roster would be able to compete at a championship level. Oregonian

October 12, 2010 Updates

The Suns won the series and advanced to the Western Conference Finals, and some credited the defensive emphasis Phoenix had started in 2008 -09 during Porter’s not-quite-full season as coach. He chuckled when asked about the theory. “I don’t know if that’s the case, my stint was pretty short,” Porter said. “But I like to think that I helped with some of my principals and some of my thoughts. I do think that, for me, it was intriguing just to watch it and see how they did.” Oregonian

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"I was trying to get back in it and I had talked to a couple of different people, went through the process with a couple of teams," Porter said in a telephone interview Monday, "but it just didn't work out." Porter declined to name the teams, but one was Chicago, where first-year head coach Tom Thibodeau eventually settled on Adrian Griffin and Ed Pinckney for his final staff hires. It wasn't that Porter needed a paycheck -- after a 17-year NBA playing career, he's more than fine financially and, besides, Phoenix still owes him another $2 million or so left from his original three-year contract. Had Porter gone to work for another team this season, the offset clause in his deal would have kept him from earning an extra dime -- he would have been doing the Suns a favor. NBA.com

But after making a conscious decision a year ago to take 2009-10 off -- his first season away from the NBA since he was drafted in 1985 -- and relocating his family permanently to Portland, Porter wants back in. For reasons all unrelated to the money. "You miss what made me get into coaching," Porter said. "You miss hanging around with the team and having a goal, fighting for that goal. It's something I enjoy, to lead a group of young men in a special game. My experiences -- and I've had just about all of them [laughing] -- can definitely shed some light for young men who are trying to make this their profession." NBA.com

"The Phoenix situation was a very difficult time to try to make some adjustments. I thought we were making strides," Porter said. "When they first got Shaq, the whole premise was trying to get in position to beat San Antonio and not worry about double-teaming Timmy [Duncan]. You look at that [2008 first-round] series, they did do what they got him for. But I don't think it was a fit for the rest of the personnel." NBA.com

September 3, 2010 Updates

Former Suns coach Terry Porter remains a top candidate for an assistant coaching position on the staff of new Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau. That could be huge for the Suns, who still owe Porter about $2 million. Any salary he makes in Chicago would offset what the Suns owe him. It just goes to show how much Porter wants to coach again because he would not be getting any financial gain out of it until next year. Arizona Republic

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