HoopsHype Terry Stotts rumors

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Terry Stotts on using LaMarcus Aldridge like Dirk Nowitzki: I want to try almost everything that we did with Dirk, with LaMarcus, to get a comfort level. On the left block he's as good of a block player as there is in the league. A pick-and-pop shooter for a big man, he's almost on the same level as Dirk with mid-range. Dirk can take it out a little bit further, or at least he has. I'd like to expand his game a little bit. We would isolate Dirk at the free throw line, it's very difficult for guys to double-team in that area. It creates a problem. That's one area that we can explore with LaMarcus and expand his game in that way. He's 27 years old and can improve. He's already an All-Star and he can still improve. Stretching his range, I don't know if he's a 3-point shooter, but putting him in the corner, I think he can make corner threes. I don't necessarily want to emphasize that but he's capable of that. Blazers Edge

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Terry Stotts has added Dale Osbourne to the coaching staff of the Portland Trail Blazers. “I'm very excited about Dale joining our staff,” said Stotts. “His diverse coaching background and experience at the college and D-League level will be very valuable in the development of our younger players both on the court and off.” RealGM

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Loyal. Smart. Dedicated. I've heard those words used about coaches before. But with Stotts I've already seen it demonstrated. When I reached Stotts on his cell phone Saturday, he was out of breath, huffing through their Southern-loop bicycle ride in Nova Scotia. As much as Stotts, 54, wanted to talk about his point guard, and the promising group of players he has next season, he had mom to keep up with. I'm thinking LaMarcus Aldridge, Nicolas Batum and Wesley Matthews shouldn't be a problem. Oregonian

Long before Stotts interviewed for the Blazers coaching position, and long before he even knew he was a candidate, he made a promise to his mother. She loves to ride bikes. She loves her son. His father, Frank, a high school and college basketball coach, passed away in 2000. Mom requested her son's presence this summer for a bicycle-ride adventure, and when your mother does that, new job or not, you get on the bicycle and go. Mother and son mounted their bicycles in Halifax, Nova Scotia. They'll ride for a week. Some days 20 miles, other days 60 miles. They'll cover 241 miles and an ascent of nearly 5,700 feet. And if you're a Blazers fan trying to wrap your head around what kind of coach Stotts is going to be, start right here. Oregonian

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During his introductory press conference on Wednesday, Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts talked about his relationship with Kaleb Canales, former interim head coach and finalist for the position. Canales will stay with the team as an assistant coach on Stotts' staff. "Since he has such a good relationship with the players, that's an asset that's invaluable," Stotts said of Canales. Oregonian

"I think they are going to play an exciting brand of basketball," Stotts said. "And the young players will improve. I think we will be better in April than in November. That will be the measuring stick. There's not a player on this roster who is not going to try and make the playoffs this year ... but my concern with this team, and especially the young players, is getting them better every day, and every month." Oregonian

"Yes, I want to run. I want to shoot threes. And if we can score 100 points every night that's great. But to be successful, you have to do it on both ends of the floor," Stotts said. "I'm proud of what I can do offensively, and how I can help this team offensively, but make no mistake, I'm going to make sure the players know that defense is a priority." Oregonian

Stotts said his first order of business will be to complete his coaching staff. He said Kaleb Canales has accepted his invitation to stay on the Blazers staff after he was a finalist for the head job. Stotts would not reveal coaches he is pursuing, but former Orlando assistant Steve Clifford is believed to be under consideration. Clifford was one of the final four candidates for the Portland job. The Blazers have also asked two teams for permission to speak to their coaches for a spot on Stotts' staff. Oregonian

Maybe the coolest exchange from a lengthy post-press conference group question-and-answer session with new Portland Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts came about with a softball, obvious question for a man who has yet to post a winning record in his four seasons as a head coach: Do you have any regrets? I asked that softball, obvious question on Wednesday and Stotts replied without missing a beat. "In a game against Memphis, I wish we had purposefully missed a free throw," he said while seated at a Rose Garden media room table, surrounded by a handful of reporters. Wait, what? What was the time/score situation? "Travis Hansen had a free throw," Stotts said. "If he had missed, [time would have run out]. He made it, and James Posey made a 40-footer to tie the game and we lost in double overtime." Blazers Edge

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