HoopsHype Terry Porter rumors


March 3, 2012 Updates

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
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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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