Terry Stotts Rumors
The Blazers ranked 20th in the NBA last season in terms of points allowed per possession. Stotts recognizes that Portland will have to improve on that side of the floor in order to make significant strides this season. “We have to get better defensively,” Stotts said. “And we were better defensively the second half of the season, which is one of the main reasons we made a push to make the playoffs. We have to get better. I think that will come with experience.”
The basic tenets of Stotts’ defensive scheme likely won’t change drastically this season. But Stotts hinted at some adjustments — even throwing out the possibility of zone defense — depending on the lineup combinations. “With our roster, I’d like to do a little bit more switching,” he said. “I’d like to go under ball screens a little bit more. I don’t want to get carried away. I do think fundamentally – and when you look at the analytics of what we want to do – we’re on the right course.”
The Portland Trail Blazers have finalized their coaching staff for the 2016-17 season, it was announced today by president of basketball operations Neil Olshey. Assistant coach Dale Osbourne has been promoted to the front of the bench, and John McCullough has joined the coaching staff after spending the previous four seasons as the team’s advance scout. Osbourne, entering his fifth year as an assistant, returns to head coach Terry Stotts’ staff along with David Vanterpool (fifth season), Nate Tibbetts (fourth season) and Jim Moran (second season).
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.”