Terry Stotts Rumors
While he hasn’t been working the phones in an effort to secure votes for his starting point guard, Stotts did say it’s clear that Lillard should be an All-Star, especially since he considers Lillard’s performance during the 2015-16 season to be his best yet. “I don’t think there’s any question he deserves to be on the All-Star team,” said Stotts. “That being said, just because I don’t lobby for him doesn’t mean I don’t believe he should be on the All-Star team… More is being asked of him, he has much more responsibility.”
Considering that, one might assume that head coaches around the league are deep into lobbying for their respective players. Not so, says Terry Stotts. “Coaches don’t necessarily to that,” said Stotts after Monday’s practice in Tualatin. “I haven’t been lobbied by anybody. Coaches are going to vote their conscience and they’re going to vote who they think is either most deserving or whatever criteria that they use. Players make it on their merit. Coaches votes have to be in (Tuesday) so it’s a little late to be lobbying anyway.”
The Moda Center was nearly 30 percent full with Lakers fans draped in purple and gold Bryant jerseys, but the Blazers faithful were diligently vocal to drown out the away fans. Bryant received a mixture of cheers and boos in pregame introductions and then was loudly booed each time he touched the ball. However, when his first shot dropped with four minutes left in the first quarter the Lakers fans in the arena erupted with applause. “There were too many Lakers’ supporters for my taste,” Stotts said. “But I’m glad they showed Kobe some appreciation. Maybe a little too much.”
Seconds later, McCollum’s words became reality as public address announcer Mark Mason announced to a stunned crowd of 18,598 that Allen Crabbe would be starting at shooting guard instead of McCollum. The Blazers and coach Terry Stotts had made a “clerical error in the NBA’s active list reporting,” accidentally leaving McCollum off the team’s active roster and forcing them to play without their second-leading scorer. Confused?
“I signed the paper without really noticing it,” Stotts said. “But it’s my fault for not looking at it. Although we caught the error — we thought we caught it in time, but apparently we did not — so CJ was ruled inactive and that’s that.”