Terry Stotts Rumors

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George Karl: “I was watching the Portland Trailblazers play, and I was trying to figure out, ‘What the hell is wrong with this team?’ My conclusion is that Damian Lillard is getting too much attention….Who controls the team? The coach and the point guard. And that team is not working. I think their coach, Terry Stotts, is a great coach. So I’m going to say the problem is Lillard. They were a together, connected, committed team last year. This year they’re not. What changed?”
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Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts, who coached under Karl in the past, responded to the comments on Wednesday night. It’s obvious that Stotts was very bothered by what Karl said about his star player. Stotts said: “As you know, I owe a lot to George. I got my start in coaching with George. I wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for him. He’s a successful coach. That being said, if he wants to diminish his chances for the Hall of Fame, if he wants to undermine his chances at being a head coach again in this league, if he wants to settle old scores with GMs or players or whoever else, that’s his prerogative.”
Storyline: George Karl Book
“But when it comes to my team and my players, he needs to stay in his own lane. He doesn’t know Damian Lillard. He doesn’t know how coachable he is. He doesn’t know what a great teammate he is. He doesn’t know how much Damian cares about winning and how important he is to this franchise. “I thought his comments, however well intended they may have been, which I don’t quite understand, I can’t tolerate.”
Chris Haynes: Aaron Goodwin, Damian Lillard’s agent, responds to George Karl’s criticisms that Lillard is focusing on his brand, getting too much attention and thus the reason Blazers are struggling. “That’s silly. I have always loved and respected George, way back when he coached Gary Payton. But with that observation, he sounds like an idiot. He couldn’t get anyone in this league to agree with him on that assessment. If it’s either the coach or the point guard, the point guard runs the coaches plays I guess that explains him becoming a writer….”
The change enraged Portland’s bench as Cousins ran back onto the court to a cheering crowd. “From my vantage point, I thought he taunted our bench and as he was taunting our bench the mouth piece flew out,” Portland coach Terry Stotts said. “The referee asked me if it was his mouthpiece and I said that it was. Then he asked me if he threw it, then I said no he didn’t and that’s why (Cousins) came back.”