Terry Stotts Rumors
Ben Golliver: Terry Stotts, swept out as three seed, on what Portland needs to do to join the NBA’s elite: “A little early right now to say what direction we’re going to go… Neil [Olshey] is really good. We’ve been in the playoffs 5 straight years.”
Dame’s numbers this season look similar to the numbers he’s posted throughout his career. He’s averaging almost 27 points and better than six assists per game. His shooting has continued to improve, as has his defense. There’s something else happening this season, however. “He manages the game better,” his coach Terry Stotts says. “He thinks the game better. His challenge is that as his team continues to perform at a high level, his team’s success is going to be a reflection on him.”
“I’ve been in places with superstars who don’t talk to the 15th guy,” Davis says. “If you walked in our locker room and didn’t know who made what, you wouldn’t be able to tell he makes the most money. Dame carries himself like one of us.” In his first season sans Aldridge, Lillard grew weary of his own voice and feared others felt the same. But most Blazers were new to the organization and hesitant, searching for their place in the league. They followed Lillard to the practice facility and didn’t leave, prompting coach Terry Stotts to impose blackout dates so his assistants could preserve off days.
Jay King: Dwane Casey returns Brad’s praise: “There’s a lot of candidates this year in the hunt for Coach of the Year. And Brad’s right up there at the top as well as Nate and Terry also. And I’m sure there’s others I’m forgetting about, guys that have done extra special jobs.”