Terry Stotts Rumors
“I am excited to add Jim to our coaching staff,” Stotts said in a release from the team. “He is a young coach with a bright future. He has a terrific work ethic coupled with a refreshing personality. He has already demonstrated a unique ability to work with our players and he will add a new perspective for us.”
Stotts has posted back-to-back 50-win seasons but the Blazers couldn’t make it past the conference semifinals. “When I got here three years ago, we were in somewhat of a rebuild situation and I look at our roster and they’re going to play hard, they’re going to learn, they’re going to get better,” Stotts said. “That’s what coaching is, teaching and watching players improve.
“I’m really proud of the last two years, and I think everybody who was involved in that took a lot of pride in that. But this is the NBA and things like that happen. LaMarcus left and other guys had other opportunities. “The way [general manager] Neil [Olshey] has constructed the roster, it’s a strong plan with a lot of young players that have room to grow. I think it’s a plan that is going to be challenging, fun, and very rewarding.”
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.”