The Portland Trail Blazers will have a new head coach for the upcoming campaign, as “NBA.com” reported Tuesday night, that the club has chosen former Dallas Mavericks assistant Terry Stotts to take over the bench, terms of the deal have yet to be reported. The Blazers had narrowed their choices down to Stotts, or interim head coach Kaleb Canales, who became the bench boss of the club for the final 23 games of this past season, after Portland sacked head coach Nate McMillan.
Canales, who ended up with a mark of 8-15, down the stretch for the team, did have the respect of his players, as well as their support for him to get the position, will remain with the team as an assistant on Stotts’s staff next season. The “Oregonian” reported that the 34-year-old, who started with the Trail Blazers as a video intern, has accepted a slot as assistant. terms of that deal have also yet to be released.
The two candidates met with Team Owner Paul Allen, in London last weekend and he was apparently impressed enough with the former Dallas assistant, to give the club’s new General Manager Neil Olshey, the go-ahead to hire Stotts. He has had two previous stints in the Association as a head coach, with the Atlanta Hawks and the Milwaukee Bucks, but has a lackluster record of 115-168 in his previous attempts.
Olshey praised Stotts highly on Tuesday, after the franchise revealed that they had chosen him as their next head coach. He said “Terry is one of the elite offensive minds in the NBA, has extensive experience with multiple organizations and was instrumental in the Dallas Mavericks winning the 2011 NBA championship. He understands the vision for the future of the franchise, appreciates the process involved and will create an environment on the court that will produce championship habits.”
Stotts, released a statement On Tuesday after his hiring was announced. He wrote “I’m very pleased to be part of a great franchise in a beautiful city with a such a proud history. I look forward to working hard with Neil and our players toward the ultimate goal of bringing another championship to Portland.”