Terry Stotts Rumors

Trail Blazers rookie forward Nassir Little will see his first action Tuesday vs. the Oklahoma City Thunder in the Trail Blazers final scrimmage after being sidelined with a concussion. Head coach Terry Stotts announced the news on Rip City Mornings with Dan Sheldon and Nigel Burton. Little entered concussion protocol on July 20 after hitting his head on the court during practice.
But now, in the second of three scrimmage games, Portland will be without their point guard Damian Lillard, who is dealing with inflammation in his left foot. Stotts says Lillard had an x-ray on his left foot. The x-rays came back negative. From the sounds of it, it seems the inflammation is at the bottom of Lillard’s left foot. He did have an x-ray. The x-ray was negative. He just has some inflammation. I don’t expect it to be a long-term deal. Hopefully he’ll be able to play our last scrimmage. I think it’s a little bit on the bottom of his foot, but I’m not quite sure about that, but I think it is. — Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts
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Besides his ninth birthday, which was spent with an aunt in Arizona, it was the first time he didn’t celebrate with his immediate family, so in that regard, Lillard said his 30th was “weird.” His birthday wish, though? To those who have been with Lillard, and played alongside him, it was anything but weird. “I thought it was typical Dame,” coach Terry Stotts said. “Having his eye on the task at hand.”
One thing that’s not a concern for the Blazers is fitness. “They’ve been very diligent about taking care of themselves, both in the weight room and on the court, and treatment. So I’ve been very impressed with all of their conditioning,” Blazers coach Terry Stotts said. “They’re not an NBA game shape yet, but I think with a month to go, with the practices that we’re going to have, and the way they’ve taken care of themselves so far, I don’t think it’s a stretch that they’ll be more than ready.”
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Teammates have come and gone in McCollum’s seven years in Portland, but having wine together on the road has been so constant, CJ is the one most responsible for which bottles the team orders at dinner. “Typically I get the menu I get to pick it out,” McCollum said. “Coach Terry [Stotts] likes a lot of different cabs, so he orders the cabs, I order the different Oregon Pinots, then Geoff Clark, the head trainer, he orders a lot of different wines so we have a nice little system going.” And McCollum isn’t shy about trying to convince his teammates to get on his wine level. “It’s been cool to see how people have kind of evolved, [Damian Lillard] specifically he’s more of a white wine guy and I was like, ‘bro, you gotta stop drinking that stuff and move over to the red.’ Now he’s slowly started drinking red wine.”
Giant cinnamon rolls are sweeping the state of Oregon and beyond for a great cause. Portland’s Whitney Rutz is using her baking skills to boost the happiness of healthcare workers in the area as well as fundraise for the Oregon Food Bank. After Whitney had two friends diagnosed with COVID-19, she wanted to do her part to help out during the pandemic. Whitney’s husband, Paul, and their daughter have been a big part in designing the boxes that house what Rutz calls, “Whitney’s Giant Ass Cinnamon Rolls.” It started with baking huge, delicious looking, cinnamon rolls as a way for Rutz to cope with the pandemic, and then quickly turned into the realization she could auction off the tasty treats. Once the enormous cinnamon rolls went viral on social media, Rutz partnered with the Oregon Food Bank.
Now, enter Portland Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts. Coach Stotts is featured on this week’s special cinnamon roll box design and even posed for a picture with the box. Whitney’s husband, Paul, a Portland-based portrait painter, designed the Coach Stotts inspired box. Whitney told NBCSNW, Coach Stotts “has been so incredibly generous with his time in working with us to put his image on the boxes and autograph them.”
“This is a heartbreaking loss for the entire Trail Blazers family. Zach was a positive spirit, a tireless worker and an outstanding teacher. My prayers go out to his family and all who loved him.” — Neil Olshey, President of Basketball Operations. “I am devastated by the news of Zach’s passing. He was a valued member of our staff, but more importantly, he was an outstanding young man who everyone loved and appreciated. Words cannot adequately express my sadness for such a loss.” — Terry Stotts, Head Coach

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So while CJ McCollum’s best efforts will be worth watching, and the help of Carmelo Anthony and Hassan Whiteside is not for nothing, it won’t likely be enough. If this comes down to a tiebreaker with New Orleans, the Pelicans hold it against Portland (they went 4-0 head-to-head this season). A source with knowledge of coach Terry Stotts’ situation said there’s no reason to believe he’s in any danger this summer, regardless of how this turns out. He was given a contract extension through the 2021-22 season after Portland’s West Finals appearance last season.
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The Trail Blazers and their head coach, Terry Stotts, have both donated to the museum. Portland has taken its entire team to the museum twice during Stotts’ tenure, in 2014 and in 2017. On the occasions when the full team couldn’t make it, the Blazers made a point to have an assistant coach or a staff member take the rookies. “I think it’s something that every person, regardless, should see,” Stotts told The Athletic in a phone interview. “It’s really important for our history. The way I look at it, some of it is very difficult to get a hold of. Some of the things that were done in our history are not things to be proud of. Kind of an ugly truth at times — but also, the way that African Americans have overcome some of the hurdles that they’ve faced in the history of our country. What Martin Luther King and many others were able to do is something that everyone should know about and everyone should admire.”
“It’s an important museum in our country, and obviously we have a lot of young people involved, but supporting something like the Civil Rights Museum is important for all Americans,” Stotts said. “When you have the opportunity to do something like that, you want to take advantage of it.” Several NBA coaches, current and former, promote the museum with pride. Suns coach Monty Williams wore a National Civil Rights Museum hoodie as he addressed the media before his team played the Grizzlies in Memphis on Jan. 26. Gentry toured the museum with the Pelicans a day before this year’s MLK game and praised his team’s player program staff for setting up the tour. They went to the museum within 20 minutes of landing in Memphis, he said.
The franchise has refused to put a timetable on his return to active duty and Nurkic dodged all those questions, as did his coach. But it was made clear that he has been doing more work on the court than previously thought. “He’s been doing a lot of stuff,” Coach Terry Stotts said. “This is the first time you’ve gotten to see it. He’s been doing things similar to this. Today wasn’t anything new from our standpoint. You just haven’t seen it. I think we’re all encouraged by the progress he’s made.”
Yim spent the summer working diligently with his physical therapists and training with his triathlon coach, Erin Stone. When he arrived in Santa Cruz, California, for the half Ironman on Sept. 8, he was still dealing with nerve damage throughout his right side and wasn’t allowed to run. But that didn’t stop Yim from defying expectations by swimming 1.2 miles, biking 56 miles and walking the full 13.1 miles to finish the race in 7 hours, 30 minutes. “What Jonathan has been able to do after that accident is remarkable,” Stotts said. “He’s determined. I think everyone thought he was pretty nuts to even consider doing half an Ironman. He powered through it. I was following him on the Ironman app and charting his progress.”
“I love what he did tonight,” Lillard said of Whiteside. What he loved was that Whiteside took the challenge of coach Terry Stotts and not only guarded Denver behemoth Nikola Jokic one-on-one, he flourished. It was Whiteside whose strong base and quick feet were largely responsible for Jokic getting three fouls in the first 3:45 of the game. And it was Whiteside who mostly neutralized Denver’s MVP-hopeful through the first three quarters, bodying him, shadowing him and frustrating him to four points, five rebounds and zero assists heading into the fourth quarter.