Terry Stotts Rumors
Q: Not a Blazers fan, but what do you think they should do next? — (Alex, Sacramento) Marc STEIN: I’m guessing you’re asking about the roster, but first we have to deal with the status of the coach (Terry Stotts) and the general manager (Neil Olshey). Throughout the Blazers’ first-round sweep by New Orleans, there were rumblings around the league that Stotts’ job was in jeopardy and that teams such as Orlando and Phoenix were ready to pounce if he indeed became available. But that talk has largely quieted since Portland’s early exit.
Marc Stein: The latest word in coaching circles is that the Blazers prefer to keep Stotts heading into the final year of his contract — as they should. (I would argue Stotts should be up for an extension, but perhaps that’s a topic for a future Corner Three.) There’s a reason Stotts is wildly popular with actual Blazers fans beyond his whole “PhotoStotts” alter ego. It’s largely because he’s gotten the most out of pretty much every roster he’s had there.
According to an NBA source, Knicks president Steve Mills and Perry are not ruling out interviewing an 11th candidate, though no one is on the docket. That could mean Rivers — or Portland’s Terry Stotts — still is on their radar. Stotts is reportedly on shaky ground after getting swept in the first round by the Pelicans.
Joe Freeman: Evan Turner already met with Neil Olshey and Terry Stotts for his exit interview. The message? “Biggest thing, Terry said make sure you stay slim … (that) you don’t get as big as you once did last summer. My message back was, ‘OK.’”
Joe Freeman: Does Damian Lillard expect big changes this summer? “I’m not sure. I’m not the guy making decisions. It’s a great organization. I think everyone has done a great job. Coach Stotts has done a great job since Day 1. We’ve been in the playoffs five years straight.”
Joe Freeman: Nurkic on Stotts: “I think, overall, very positive. I love Stotts and enjoy playing for him … I think he’s a great communicator. But I feel even he didn’t expect to lose 4-0 in the playoffs, which sometimes can be tough. People don’t understand that can be part of the life.”