Portland Trail Blazers Rumors
Now, it’s Stotts who gives advice to his young assistants, who are in the interview pipeline. “Be yourself, be confident, speak your mind,” Stotts said. “Don’t tell them what you think they want to hear. You have to be firm in what you believe in. And show passion. It’s good to be enthusiastic. But the best thing is to be yourself, and let that come through. They’re hiring the person.”
Portland Trail Blazers assistant Nate Tibbetts has emerged as a candidate for the Golden State Warriors’ top assistant-coaching job and will meet with Steve Kerr on Monday in Oklahoma City, league sources told The Vertical.
Tibbetts and Charlotte assistant Stephen Silas are two of the serious candidates to replace new Lakers coach Luke Walton on the Warriors’ bench next season, league sources said. Tibbetts and Silas traveled to Oklahoma City to meet with Warriors officials on Monday night. Golden State had to expedite the hiring process or risk losing preferred candidates to other teams.
The benefit in restricted agency is that Portland controls the process up to a point. Building relationships with agents is one element of a general manager’s job that goes unnoticed by the public. The trust that GM Neil Olshey has built with restricted free agents Meyers Leonard, Allen Crabbe and Maurice Harkless, along with their agents, will be critical.