Terry Stotts Rumors
Last summer, when he was asked to throw out the first pitch at a Hillsboro Hops minor league game, Stotts spent the days leading up to the event getting his right arm in shape. He figures he hadn’t played baseball since he was in 6th grade in Marshfield, Wisconsin, and even then he was either too young or too unremarkable to identify himself as an infielder or outfielder, pitcher or catcher. “I tried to pitch some,” Stotts recalls. “But I didn’t really have a position.”
One thing the Blazers won’t see in the offseason, Olshey says, is a coaching change. “(Stotts) has just won 54 and 51 games (the past two regular seasons), and (the coaching staff) did a great job developing our guys,” Olshey says. “It wouldn’t even cross my mind. The coaches did an outstanding job this season.”
I didn’t like that Stotts didn’t hold a practice after the Game 1 performance. I didn’t like that he skipped the shootaround before Game 2, leaving players the option to get shots up or just show up for the game. I get that he wants fresh legs, but he shouldn’t be surprised at the nap-like energy that followed.
In the three wins, Crabbe, Leonard, McCollum, Freeland and Blake took turns playing important roles at important times. “It shows that he has a lot of faith in our players,” Lopez said of Stotts’ willingness to go to anyone on the roster. “And when you know the coach has confidence in you, it makes it worlds easier to play out there.”
“He got mad I back-picked him,” said Faried. “I’m playing offense, I’m making sure my point guard got open, and he ran into the back pick trying to go to my point guard. Then he got mad about it and pushed me. Yeah, I fell down to make sure the ref saw it.”
Faried flopped to the ground, and the two had to be separated by teammates. In his post game press conference, Coach Stotts said he didn’t know if the play was dirty or not, but understood why his point guard was upset. “That was a tough screen. I just quickly saw the replay, so I’m not sure if it was a dirty play. I just know that you can’t set a blind screen. You know, he was setting a screen, Steve didn’t see it coming, so I think it had more of an effect than maybe the intent.”
Nowitzki considers Stotts a close friend. That doesn’t mean he’s not above giving him a ribbing. “He knows our team well, and he basically stole all our plays,” Nowitzki said. “We were going through the scouting report and I was like, we’re going against our own plays. He took our whole playbook here to Portland. But I get along with him great and I wish him nothing but the best.”
While questions of whether it’s ball movement or missed shots, it’s in the details where the Blazers are seeing more shortcomings than what shots they are missing. “I’m surprised we’re not as good offensively as we had hoped,” said head coach Terry Stotts on Monday. “Again, you can’t take things for granted. Thirteen guys coming back you can’t take it for granted. We have to do the things that create good offense.” On blue paper written in cursive, Stotts had a “laundry list” of 10 things he wanted to look at offensively on a day when they worked mostly on end of game situations and getting better with their offensive sets. “The laundry list for offensive execution of things we can do better with screening and cutting and execution is all part of it,” he said.
Head coach Terry Stotts, meanwhile, was quick to point to the differing-yet-valuable intangibles each bring to Portland’s tight-knit roster. “Steve is a consummate professional,” Stotts said of Blake. “He’s one of the hardest playing guys that I’ve been around and leads by example. He’s very competitive.” In Kaman, Stotts noted the value the veteran big man offers to Portland’s younger centers, particularly in using size and spacing on the floor. “What he offers Joel (Freeland) and Meyers (Leonard) is some mentorship, as well as veteran knowhow.”
“Terry seems real even-keeled, level headed,” Kaman said. “He jokes a little bit, is serious a little bit. I like him so far. But it always starts off that you like a guy, but by the end of the year you can end up hating him. You just never know. Hopefully, I don’t hate Terry.”
Tuesday night general manager Neil Olshey and head coach Terry Stotts met with free agent center Spencer Hawes in Los Angeles, Calif. Hawes is looking for a salary more substantial than what Portland can offer with its midlevel exception. Still, the prospect of playing in an offensive-friendly system and returning to his neck of the woods intrigues him.
The Trail Blazers on Thursday signed coach Terry Stotts to a multi-year contract extension, rewarding him for steering the team to its best season in 14 years. Terms were not released, but a league source with knowledge of the contract told The Oregonian it amounts to a three-year deal. The Blazers picked up a team option for next season, then added two additional years, the last of which is incentive-based.
The Portland Trail Blazers have signed Head Coach Terry Stotts to a multi-year contract extension, it was announced today by General Manager Neil Olshey. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. “Terry has done an outstanding job during his first two years with the organization,” said Olshey. “This extension illustrates our confidence in him as our head coach as well as the Portland Trail Blazers’ continued commitment to building a model of consistency and stability.”
Blazers general manager Neil Olshey and Stotts’ agent Warren LeGarie have been working on the deal, and it’s expected to be finalized in the near future, league sources said. Before losing to the San Antonio Spurs in five games in the Western Conference semifinals, Stotts helped transform the Blazers with a 21-game regular-season improvement (54-28) and a seven-game first-round playoff series victory over the Houston Rockets – the franchise’s first in 14 years.
After a remarkable franchise turnaround, Portland Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts is nearing agreement on a multiyear contract extension, league sources told Yahoo Sports. The Blazers hold an option on the third and final year of Stotts’ contract for 2014-15, but that’ll likely be torn up and replaced with the new deal.
“It was a special year,” Stotts said, repeating that phrase twice. “We weren’t expected to be in the position that we were in the regular season. We weren’t expected to win the first round. It was a special year. I thought every one of our starters had career years. The young guys got better. We fought through adversity during the season, made a strong push at the end of the year. There were so many positives about this season.
Portland coach Terry Stotts confirmed a series of tweets from the Blazers organization that a three- to four-foot snake was removed from the visiting locker room Thursday at the AT&T Center before the second game of the Western Conference semifinals. “I didn’t (see it), but they said it was a rattle snake,” Stotts said. “They said it was a young one. I wasn’t here for it. But one tweet said Thomas (Robinson) jumped a few feet. It’s bizarre to have a venomous snake in your locker room. I don’t know if that’s happened before. That sounds like an ABA story.”
When asked if the Portland Trail Blazers would look to the “Hack-a-Dwight” tactic in their first round playoff series against the Rockets, coach Terry Stotts joked, “First possession, we are doing it.”
But that’s the situation out in Portland, where Terry Stotts is on the last year of his contract, and management hasn’t said whether he’ll be back for his third season on the Blazers’ bench. But let’s just say that Stotts’ staff is not feeling very good about its chances of returning after sliding down to fifth place in the West and in danger of finishing even lower.
Small forward Nicolas Batum concurs, expressing that the line of communication continues to be present and open. “We’re all still talking to one another,” Nicolas Batum said to CSNNW.com. “If you start to separate and get mad at each other, that’s when things go bad. Coaches go on one side and the players on the other side, that’s the worst thing that can happen to a team. But we’re staying together. We’re struggling but we’re staying together.”