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Aug 09

Stotts Era Begins

By mikebarrett
The summer of change and adjustment continues for the Trail Blazers, following one of the most disappointing seasons in recent memory.  Each of the phases in this important offseason have been vital to Portland's future, and Wednesday the team essentially put a bow on what it hopes will be a successful new direction.

Terry Stotts was introduced as the new head coach of the Trail Blazers, and attempted to answer a lot of questions about who he is, what his philosophy is, and why he's respected so much by those around the league.  From players who have experienced him as a coach, to former coaches he's worked under, to others he has worked for and known, the reviews were staggeringly positive.  

Stotts was not only flattered by those endorsements, but even seemed surprised that this background check engineered by Blazers general manager Neil Olshey went as deep as it did.

Olshey has realized, since taking the job, that he's going to have to answer for each and every one of these decisions, especially in a summer like this, and has been meticulous in his research.

To say that this was simply a "best of the rest" candidate, or a hiring that served as a favor to a shared agent, seems very unrealistic.  There is simply too much on the line, for everyone involved, for that to be the case.  These are career decisions that have lasting impacts and will live on everyone's resume.  To take any process like this lightly, or to think politics guided the decisions, just doesn't make sense.

"Neil did numerous background checks, and the things people were saying about me were very flattering and very humbling," said Stotts during an interview I did with him at the end of the day on Wednesday.  "I wouldn't be here without all of those people saying those things about me."

Dallas coach Rick Carlisle, who leaned on Stotts so heavily in Dallas, was particularly gushing in his endorsement.  Not only did Carlisle give credit to Stotts for engineering the Maverick offense, but went as far as to say he's never had an assistant who will be tougher to replace than Stotts.  Stotts has been given the credit for being Dallas' offensive coordinator, and someone who helped guide a group of players, that wasn't the most talented in the playoffs, to an NBA title two years ago.

Stotts is extremely appreciative of Carlisle's support and praise, but is quick to deflect at least some of that, and has a healthy perspective about how success is ultimately gained in this business.  

"It was my responsibility in Dallas to oversee the offense.  But, it's a player's game, let's face it," Stotts told me.  "Dirk Nowitzki, Jason Kidd, Jason Terry, are going to make your offense a lot better.  You want to play a style they want to play."

Clearly, Nowitzki flourished under Carlisle and Stotts' offensive system, and it was all about putting Dirk in a position to be successful, Stotts says.  Now, he's challenged to do the same with another elite Western Conference power forward, LaMarcus Aldridge.

In the time leading up to his first interview with the Blazers, Stotts did his research on Portland's roster and past game plans.  He compared it to cramming for a test, and that will only continue now.  Stotts realizes he'll be handing the keys to the offense to a rookie point guard in Damian Lillard, but is very impressed with what he's seen so far.

"He (Lillard) was very impressive in Las Vegas," said Stotts.  "He was clearly the best player in the summer league.  He has as knack for being able to shoot, drive, pass, and push the ball. The rigors of an NBA season will be a challenge for him, and he's going to have his ups and downs as a rookie."

This much is certain, even as the offseason continues for the NBA, the grind for Stotts is just beginning.  He's got to assemble a coaching staff, get moved to Portland, tie up all the loose ends in Dallas, and start preparing for training camp.  Even as our interview ended, he was talking with officials about possible dates for camp to begin, and was talking about the Blazers' state-of-the-art practice facility, and how much he's looking forward to getting the players back.

One thing we do know, regarding his staff, is that Kaleb Canales will be a major part of it.  Stotts said after his interview with Paul Allen, in London, he and Canales were on the same flight back to the United States.  He told Canales at that time, if he was fortunate enough to get the job, he wanted Kaleb on his staff.  It will be a bit of a unique situation that the two finalists for a job end up working together on the same staff, but Stotts says it's a no brainer.

"I've known Kaleb for a long time.  I've seen how he works on the court, and have seen his relationship with the players.  I know how important relationships with the players are in this league.  The support he had from the current players I view as a very positive thing.  When you can surround yourself with good people, good coaches, you need to do that.  Kaleb is that."

It also appears Stotts is that.  The goal in any job search is to shut out the noise and the pressure and simply find the right guy, at the right time, who will put your organization in the best place to succeed.  Time will be the ultimate test, as it always is, but Wednesday was a revealing and educational end to a long search that will help decide Portland's course.

Let the Stotts era begin.
 
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49 Comments

  1. Thanx MB...u rock ...I like what he had to say at the press conference.He has been groomed under Rick Carlisle.I think he is a good choice for this young team.We needed a departure from the Nate era of Offense.I'm happy Kaleb will still be in the mix too.
    I cannot ever remember a season with so much change in the roster.I think we have some scrappy players.I think this team may be young ,but we have a lot of heart.
    Maybe Stotts wasn't the "sexy "pick ,but the more I hear about him ,Ithink he is the right one.He said as well that he is not just focusing on the offensive end.
    Welcome ,Terry,as always ,can't wait for the season to start.
    BTW, I think Nics gettin feisty,.Like it or hate it against Spain yesterday,it was good to see some emotion out of Nic.lets get it goin ,here
    Blazers Rock

    by DowntownVinnie on 8/9/2012 11:32 AM
  2. Hey Mike: must be a great Blog to get DTV back.
    How is it going DTV?
    Stotts surely has his work cut out for him, but he has good raw material that I have faith in, and I believe he will do OK by them.

    DTV: You can plainly see that Batum was taking a whack at the ball to knock it out of Navarro's hands LOL.

    Mike, thank you for the Blog, I think Stotts will be just fine and it is good that Kaleb is still a Blazer.

    by Hg on 8/9/2012 1:13 PM
  3. HG, you had to bring up Batum. LOL So was it a testicle foul, or did he get all ball? Okay, I got it out of my system!!!

    If the Blazers play offense the way Stotts says he has planned, I'm be excited and will know he is the right coach for the Blazers. It will be a refreshing change from the heavy ISO offense Nate ran that made me want to scream at times. I also hope Stotts emphasizes the importance of boxing out. Too many standing around and watching during the Nate era.

    by Shem on 8/9/2012 2:38 PM
  4. Good coaching move. LMA and Batum should thrive under a new system. Shem said it best " a refreshing change".
    Expectations are not distorted. The underdog role I hope is welcomed.
    GO BLAZERS!!!

    by Divotking on 8/9/2012 3:52 PM
  5. its good HG ,had a little surgery ,got time to blog now for a change.Obviously going for the ball..heheheh

    by DowntownVinnie on 8/9/2012 4:07 PM
  6. I hit the last blog too HG,slackin on me:)

    by DowntownVinnie on 8/9/2012 4:09 PM
  7. Yes obviously going for the ball(s). ;D

    by mgb on 8/9/2012 4:50 PM
  8. Best wishes (naturally) for the Stotts Era. Let's hope it includes a run at the top.

    I like Neil Olshey's idea of a group of similar-aged guys growing together as a team, but that depends on keeping them together as they grow. This is clearly not easy in today's NBA, or any other pro league with a salary cap. Hope he can make it work here!
    --
    don

    by dgpdx on 8/9/2012 7:03 PM
  9. The French had a right to complain the way the Spaniards flop.

    Great to see all the folks here with their opinions. For me, I think Stotts is a good choice and can't wait to watch this team develope. LMA may become a perenial allstar with this style.

    by Ancientone on 8/9/2012 8:44 PM
  10. hola Ancientone , hows life treatin ya?

    by DowntownVinnie on 8/9/2012 10:09 PM
  11. hola ,MGB,my warrior brotha

    by DowntownVinnie on 8/9/2012 10:10 PM
  12. Damn Lakers anyways....grrrrrrrrr.
    The rich get richer

    by DowntownVinnie on 8/10/2012 1:05 AM
  13. Hey to all:
    DTV; I read your last post comment but was going on vacation and didn't have time to respond.

    I am with everybody about Stotts; but it was brought to my attention by NBA.com that there are many coaches that preaches up tempo and pass first offense but when errant passes such as Jarrett Jacks passes into the stands, starts boos from the crowd, coaches tends to tighten the reigns a might; nevertheless, I too like the thought.

    Shem, we could all see he got all ball and his fist bounced off the ball to get the testicle foul☺☺☻,except Batum saying he wanted to give Navarro something to flop about kind of gave it away. A lesson learned, never own up to any cheap foul LOL.

    We get both of the finalist for our coach and that is great. A team, coaches and GM's that learns together usually stays together.

    by Hg on 8/10/2012 7:45 AM
  14. ok HG ,Ill let ya have that one .....lol

    by DowntownVinnie on 8/10/2012 10:08 AM
  15. gentlemen.....their are ladies on this siite, tooo:) just sayin...

    by DowntownVinnie on 8/10/2012 10:06 AM
  16. I felt a lot better about the Stotts selection when I heard Antonio Harvey talk about how highly he rates our new coach on his offensive understanding, ranking him something like fourth or fifth in the entire league. If he's right, that will be good news for the folks who spent years on this site complaining about Nate's play selection and offensive philosophy, and good for Kaleb too, since he got in several years working for a top defensive coach, and will now be able to finish off his apprenticeship under someone with a deep understanding of the offense. And yeah, the people who wanted a more passionate, engaged Nic Batum have reason to be hopeful too.

    by David Maclaine on 8/10/2012 10:59 PM
  17. being an assistant coach in the nba is much different than being a head coach. there is a laundry list good assistant coaches who never had success on their own as a head coach. in dallas, Stotts had Carlisle to lean on as much as Carlisle says he leaned on Stotts. as a head coach, Stotts has been wholly unimpressive. he has a .408 winning percentage. sure, he led the Bucks to the playoffs in 2005-06, but that was with a 40-52 record. he was fired the next season by the Bucks after going 23-41. certainly a less-than-steller mark on his resume.

    i know we've got some bright spots on the roster, and we finally have a regular GM. we've got an all-star; a number two option who we hope lives up to his new fat contract; we've got a couple promising rookies.

    color me skeptical. i've been waiting to comment here until doing some research into this guy. at this point, i'm not liking this hire. i want to be able to be optimistic about Stotts, but currently i can't. i was not at all impressed with his press conference answers. it all sounded like lipservice to me.

    maybe i'm wrong, maybe the third time is a charm as a head coach will be the charm for Stotts. i truly hope it is. i'd love nothing more than for our team to shock the league. don't let my skepticism cloud that. however, at this point, i have little confidence that this selection will accomplish that.

    ~ KMM

    by Kassandra on 8/10/2012 11:31 PM
  18. @Vinnie. miss you around here ... just not quite like the old days. it's pretty much up to me and Hg, and Ancientone now to hold down the blog from the blogspot days! hope everything is going well with your health and that things are looking upward!

    ~ KMM

    by Kassandra on 8/10/2012 11:34 PM
  19. Hey Miss Kassandra: I have been waiting for your reply on Stotts, I too have my doubts, but not so much on Stotts as the head coach, as you just said Stotts has Kaleb
    to lean on and Kaleb has Stotts to lean on so maybe they will be a great duo, my doubt is on his offensive philosophy; Nate never had enough credit for his offensive skills, he tried numerous times to open the court with out side shooting and a faster pace, but with our notorious back court scoring on the perimeter he always had to fall back on the consistency of BRoy and LMA; Nate was very adverse to turn overs that made him give up the pass first offense. With all that, I have my doubts that uptempo and pass first offense will start out great and I think he will be like Nate and Kaleb and give in to ball control and pick and roll and pick and pop, which I like also.
    With everything new, I am optimistic about growing together as a unit and I hope Stotts philosophy works.

    by Hg on 8/11/2012 3:55 AM
  20. I like this coach so far. I was impressed with the Mavs ball movement when they won the title. With Stotts and Canales, we have two guys we can grow with in Portland. Now for a big man coach to replace Buck and a president. Go Blazers!

    by riverman on 8/11/2012 10:19 AM
  21. Hey Kass,I miss the old "Feisty "days,of Lebrona the Pirahna.It is a litttle quiet compared to then.I'm getting better every day,not used to bein a slacker.I'll be around here for a bit,shakin the tree for fruit:)
    I had the opposite take on the press conference.I think any new coach has to be guarded w his anwers.I'm sure he has a lot to prove to after his previous head coaching stops and mixed with his success under Carlisle.I think that matches up with the team we have,also.I'm sure Olshey and Allen did their research.I'm excited about his offensive prowess.Nate's offfense was stagnant at best.Good to hear from ya:)

    by DowntownVinnie on 8/11/2012 11:01 AM
  22. @Hg: i didn't say Stotts has Kaleb, but yeah, for year he does. it's my understanding Kalab has a year left under his contract. it wouldn't surprise me nor it should surprise anyone else that after the upcoming season, Kaleb could very well take a more attractive offer. i also feel there will be such offers; whether it's a head coaching post, a lead assistant position (perhaps under Nate if and when a team hires Nate; or maybe even a top assistant spot with a a team in his home state of texas. any one of these things can happen and i think it's more likely than not that they will. people say Kaleb needs more experience as an assistant coach. bottom line is, he's not going to get that kind of experience unless he gets it from a top-notch coach in the league take my texas example for instance; you've got Poppovich in san antonio, Carlisle in dallas and even Kevin McHale in houston. not only will he get a higher level of experience under any one of them, but he also will be higher regarded than he would be in this current situation. indeed, loyalty or not, i don't see Kaleb sticking around portland after this coming season.

    @Vinnie: i haven't had much cause to utilize LeBrona the Piranha lately. besides, school is keeping me busy (now my kids sis, Jessica, is starting college this week). i've also got a lot of other responsibilities. additionally, now that MB's blog is on the blogger network, there is a higher level of censorship. those days just might be gone. let's just see if someone or something comes out of the woodwork to make me turn into my alter eago! i'm really glad your improving. i had barely heard a thing or another, but didn't know much. as far as the press conference goes, i expect the guarded answers. what i was referring more to was the plan regarding timelines for this and that. i don't think there's a reason to be guarded about those things, and i can't believe that he hasn't already talked about his strategy during the interview process without having a plan. then again, they say we are the most intelligent fans in the; perhaps we can just chalk that up to seeking answers to prove that. anyway, keep fighting the good fight!

    ~ KMM

    by Kassandra on 8/11/2012 2:29 PM
  23. @Kass,The old blog was like the wild west:)I think the new blog has filtered out some of the old peops,which is ok .We are so much more mature now.....lol

    by DowntownVinnie on 8/11/2012 3:59 PM
  24. Hey Miss Kassandra: I left out part of the paragraph; I meant to say like Stotts and Carlisle leaned on each other, so could Kaleb and Statts, to the point that the two coaching could be a synergy.
    You are probably right about Kaleb getting many offers next year, but OTOH, if Statts doesn't work out they could fire him and hire Kaleb as head coach.

    by Hg on 8/11/2012 9:55 PM
  25. So far I like everything I have heard about Stotts.
    He will not be expected to win the western conference. He is more about player development. His style of play will allow for growth from our young players as well as our vets.
    LMA only knows Nate ball. He has worked at getting better at posting up. Always has been good at the midrange jumper. I'm sure this summer he worked on another skill set. Hopefully he spent some time on rebounding. Anyway Stotts ball will allow him to use all his skills.
    Batum is still developing. He may benefit the most from Stotts ball. He just doesn't know it yet.
    Matthews. Every team needs one. He's our work horse. He would fit any system any team.
    Our young guys will be thrown in the fire.
    I'm glad Kaleb is here. He is the ultimate team player and will continue to do whatever he can to make our team better.
    I've said it before I miss Bill Bayno. We could sure use him now. In my opinion, losing Bill was one of Pauls big blunders.
    Nonetheless I'm excited.
    GO BLAZERS!!

    by Divotking on 8/12/2012 6:32 PM
  26. Another thing about this change is that there is a stat in the NBA about head coaches and it compares to Nate's situation. No coach who makes it to season 7 or beyond that hasn't won an NBA title yet with their team has never has won an NBA title. With that logic in mind, Nate should have been fired after his 6th season. With any coach, you should give them 5-6 years and if they haven't won the NBA title, it's time for a new system.

    BTW, guys; Meyers Leonard actually has more skills than I realized. About a month after we traded for the Nets' pick for the 2012 draft, I was doing research for our pick that was going that was going to end up being the 6th pick on who to take. I really didn't look into who we could take much with what would be the 11th pick because I was more into what our 6th pick was at the time. I told my brothers that I wanted Damian Lillard way back in April. At the time he a projected to go 10th or later, but I was sold he was better than projected and wanted him with the Nets' pick to make sure we got him and I'm so glad the Blazers saw that in him too and took him at 6th.

    Anyway, I was looking for some scouting videos of Meyers Leonard and then I came across this video when searching that showed me a part of his game that even the scouting videos I watched didn't show. This guy is a really good passer and has a good eye when finding the open man.

    You gotta check this out:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0LWNpaPEw6o

    Blazer fans are in for a nice surprise this season. I just hope Leonard gets more mental toughness and adds some muscle to his frame.

    Oh, if any of you wanted to see how Lillard's workout with the Blazers went, well, I can't find any videos of that, but I did find his video with the Kings. I'm sure it was similar:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UyFJOEjZPFw

    DTV: You just had to bring up the Lakers! Now, I'm not saying this is going to happen, but there is a possibility that Dwight Howard may not be the player he once was. He had a serious back problem and sometimes once you start having them, they never go away. I've known many athletes like Mark McGwire, Jose Canseco, and even a familiar name like Rudy Fernandez that once it starts, it never stops. Plus, it sounds like Howard won't be ready for our opening game on Halloween night. The Lakers maybe taking a risk.

    Then there is their age to consider. Nash is going to be 39 this season, Kobe is going to be 34, Jamison is going to be 36, Gasol is going to be 32, and Ron Artest (I'm not going to say his new name because I believe it to be an oxymoron) who will be 33. That's some serious age issues with your main rotation players. And watching Kobe in the Olympics should give you hope if you want the Lakers to fail. That guys has clearly lost a major step. And then to have international white guys blow by him should be a cause for concern. Kobe can't stay in front of his man very well anymore. With older age, there is a chance for more injuries as well.

    So if there is a run in the Lakers, this upcoming season is their year to make it happen because Father Time is not on their side.

    by Shem on 8/12/2012 9:24 PM
  27. @Shem: Nate was given some extra time because of the injuries to Greg and BRoy, but he was on the clock if he didn't win games, and that was part of the melt down problem, He over played his usual rotation in a shortened season and lost patience with losing then lost his men. Not saying it is or is not Nate's fault, but you have to admit the injury bug was hitting us pretty bad.

    I am not sure there is any film that was released on Lillard work out with the Blazers; I had seen the Sac film. I read that Leonard was a tremendous passer, can run like LMA, and a great rebounder, He apparently has a hot temper and has to learn to channel it to his game, but I have lots of hope for him as well.

    I am with you on the Lakers. Howard is only marginally better then Bynum because Bynum had to deal with injuries. Now that Howard has an injury that may equal them out. Bynum is already better offensive player and will get better and can make free throws, Howard has the edge defensively, but his back might change that, Like you said father clock is going to take over the Lakers soon, We are going to take about two years to get good, the Lakers may have two good years so we will have to contend with Howard and use him as a growing tool for our bigs. Either way, with Bynum or Howard our Oct 31 meeting with the Lakers was already given to be a disaster. Besides I am more worried about Kobe and Nash then I am about Howard.

    You have to admit that a line up of Nash, Artest, Kobe Casol, and Howard is pretty scary good; let them compete with Miami while we are rebuilding, then it might be our turn.

    by Hg on 8/13/2012 4:21 PM
  28. Shem,I agree w/ you .I also know what back problems can do to you and they both have them. I also think that Nash needs the ball in his hands and so does Kobe ,and theres only so many shots in the game .If Kobe doesn't get the ball, he isn't worth a damn.Proof being :the olympics.He jacks up a lot of shots and could limit Nashe's effectiveness And with Nash there has always been a question about his defense as well.So if Howard is not healthy to stop all the players blowing by him,well.....you know
    We know how good Howard is at the line.So, teams might use the Hack a Howard strategy at the end of games.
    Admitttedly they look scary on paper.But The Thunder are still getting better as well.It'll be fun to watch if The Lakers emplode,tho.....heheheh

    by DowntownVinnie on 8/13/2012 5:47 PM
  29. @DTV: if the old blog was like the old west, does that make me Annie Oakley?! i pretty much could see that! never fear though, LeBrona does make her presence known, though in other forums and occasionally on twitter.

    @Hg: i think the team is going to ride it out with Stotts for a while. unless our record resembles the Bobcats' this season, i see him getting at least three years to make his mark. i believe Kaleb will be gone by then and those dreaming of the two-headed coach will wake up. at this point, we don't even know who may be tabbed to join the coaching staff.

    @Divotking: it seems i rarely agree with the points you make, but i found myself to be nodding my head a couple times as i read your post. while i have my questions about Stotts, it sounds like player development could be one of his strengths. it would be a nice change since even my 4-1/2 year old sister would develop players better than Nate did. the other is Bill Bayno; he was pivotal in helping LaMarcus get to the next level two summers ago. there's absolutely no way we should have let him go to, of all places, portland-midwest.

    @Shem: i am super excited to see how Meyers progresses over training camp and into the season. like you, i don't think he's as far away as a lot of people seem to indicate. i've been optimistically tweeting over the past few weeksthat in a couple of years: Meyers>Dwight. could be wishful thinking but this guy's ceiling is so amazingly high (which is great for a guy 7'1-1/2" tall!) that i really do think he has the capability to be a great center in this league. i could even see some team offering him a max contract in a few years, similar to what we did with Hibbert. oh btw, have i ever mentioned that Meyers and i were born on the same exact day??

    regarding Dwight Howard being traded to the Lakers: after all the off-season dealings -- Orlando and Brooklyn, Orlando and Houston, et al -- did this trade happen pretty darn quickly? i guess that's what happens in a league where the rich keep getting richer. i had to laugh at Mychal Thompson on Courtside monday night when he said the lakers, thunder and heat were in a three-team race for the championship. my dad & i looked over at each other with dual "well that's a huge load in the pants" expressions! i'm not saying the Blazers will be ready, but i think there are other teams to consider (how about a healthy Bulls team or the Celtics?), additionally, i don't see that they really got that much better. i mean, Nash is an upgrade over Sessions and Blake, but what they gain in defense with Howard over Bynum, they lose in offense since there clearly will not be enough touches for Howard after Nash and Ball-Hog Bryant get done dribbling the ball around. everything remains to be seen, but i still don't project the Lakers past the second round of the playoffs ... unless the NBA's striped zebras give them a hand (which we all know is more likely than not).

    ~ KMM

    by Kassandra on 8/15/2012 12:11 PM
  30. Kass;
    I check in with Mike's blog to explore many different points of view. Some responses strengthen my opinion. Some responses change what I believe. All of them have weight. We all have different ideas but one thing in common. We are Blazer fans.
    I read your responses and like you rarely agree with your point of view. That's OK.
    When you took your leave of absence from the NBA due to your frustrations with the "zebras", I understood that. Every fan in every city has felt those same frustrations. So called "stars" do get special treatment. Some head coaches are good at "working" the refs. I do not buy into the conspiracy theories.
    I also understood you would be back. You are part of the Blazer family. I like your passion. Glad you came back.
    GO BLAZERS!!

    by Divotking on 8/15/2012 6:16 PM
  31. @Kassandra: I am sure you are right about Kaleb being ready to spread his wings. I would be sad to see him go, but hope he gets an opportunity. The fact that Dallas thought since we took Stotts and the Mavs thought they could grab Kaleb as an assistant shows he is getting national attention. Nevertheless, I would like selfishly to see him stay in PDX.

    by Hg on 8/15/2012 8:49 PM
  32. Kass wrote: "Stotts has been wholly unimpressive. he has a .408 winning percentage. sure, he led the Bucks to the playoffs in 2005-06, but that was with a 40-52 record."

    Hey, Kass, I can understand being down on the guy as a head coach but 40-52? Isn't piling on 10 more losses on the poor guy a bit harsh ;-)--
    don

    by dgpdx on 8/26/2012 10:39 PM
  33. Is there something wrong with Leandro Barbosa...Maybe haven't seen him play much, but I can't believe he is still a free agent.....Any input on that,folks?

    by DowntownVinnie on 8/29/2012 7:03 AM
  34. @dgpdx: you have to take the entire quote in its context:

    "as a head coach, Stotts has been wholly unimpressive. he has a .408 winning percentage. sure, he led the Bucks to the playoffs in 2005-06, but that was with a 40-42 record. he was fired the next season by the Bucks after going 23-41. certainly a less-than-steller mark on his resume."

    as you can see, we're not talking about 10 more losses (actually, 2, which helps your case). we're talking about the combination of the two seasons. i'm not too impressed with a team which makes the playoffs with a sub-.500 record, and look at that 23-41 the following season. you're supposed to go up, not down. his head coaching record as a whole is .408.

    you may find that impressive; i do not.

    ~ KMM

    by Kassandra on 8/29/2012 9:06 PM
  35. Here's something for all of you to think about during this slow period. If LaMarcus Aldridge plays all 82 games for the next two seasons and averages at least 22.0 PPG, he will pass Terry Porter for 2nd place on the all time scoring list in Trail Blazer history.

    by Shem on 9/7/2012 11:20 AM
  36. Shem:
    And to think LMA could wear a Blazer uniform for 10 more years.

    by Divotking on 9/7/2012 2:53 PM
  37. It's now official. Elliot Williams out for the season after successful surgery. I was so looking forward to him playing this season and having a breakout year as the minutes would have been there for him. Meanwhile this opens up minutes for Will Barton.

    by Shem on 9/14/2012 9:03 PM
  38. We just signed Adam Morrison for the minimum......hmmmmmm...really??

    by DowntownVinnie on 9/17/2012 5:45 PM
  39. Remember when fans wanted the Blazers to draft Adam Morrison? With Brandon Roy going back to the T'Wolves; the team that drafted him, it's like we've entered in some sort of parallel universe or something.

    by Shem on 9/17/2012 9:19 PM
  40. Shem ..we were waitin for Morrison to be affordable.Paul Allen what a genius...

    by DowntownVinnie on 9/19/2012 2:58 PM
  41. @DivotKing: i wholeheartedly agree with the differing opinions. the only issue i really have with it is when comments include personal insults, erroneous "factiods" and general disrespect. i don't ever recall you employing any of those. though i am skeptical of Stott's hire, i sincerely hope he wipes away those skepticisms. i'll say, i like what he said a couple of weeks ago on Courtside about moving LaMarcus around more designing some actual plays involving Nicolas. ive been displeased during Nate's tenure that we didn't seem to try hard enough to make defenses work harder to defend our offense-- and wear them out in the process.

    @dgpdx: i wasn't trying to egg you on in that last response. as i re-read it, it looks to me like i may have done that. as it turns out, the discrepancy was a mere typo (should have read "40-42" instead of "40-52"). oftentimes, my brain moves much faster than my fingers and, my achilles heel is that i tend not to proofread as well as i should.

    @Shem: that's an incredible note, and DivotKing hit the nail on the head with the possibility he could play for another 10 years. i wonder if he could take over the number one spot from Clyde in that time!

    @DTV & Shem: it's my understanding that Morrison's contract is not guaranteed, meaning he would have to earn his roster spot. If he fails to earn that spot, do you think he'll cry? okies, low blow i guess (sorry Adam!). my only question at this point: Wallace. Felton. Morrison. which former Bobcat will we acquire next?!

    ~ KMM

    by Kassandra on 9/19/2012 6:31 PM
  42. also, just wanted to bring up football since it's underway now.

    1. i've never seen Stanford Stadium rocking like i've never seen it before, in the second half of the Stanford-USC game on Saturday. it was the 13th game i've attended there and certainly qualifies as a lucky 13!

    2. speaking of Luck (how about this segue?!), my favorite qb of all time won his first nfl game sunday in true Andrew Luck fashion; in the clutch. this is what i hope is the first of many!

    i moved into my dormroom over the weekend. i'm an RA this year and have spent the past couple of days welcoming freshmen ... all the while, laughingly denying that i was as nervous two years ago as they are now! hope everyone is having a great september!

    ~ KMM

    by Kassandra on 9/19/2012 7:02 PM
  43. Finally training camp is upon us. I choose to believe we will be better than many give us credit for.

    by Ancientone on 9/26/2012 6:13 PM
  44. Finally training camp is upon us. I choose to believe we will be better than many give us credit for.

    by Ancientone on 9/26/2012 6:13 PM
  45. Finally training camp is upon us. I choose to believe we will be better than many give us credit for.

    by Ancientone on 9/26/2012 6:13 PM
  46. Ancientone;
    One has to love this time of year. Football, baseball, basketball all at once.
    The success of this team is still a mystery. One thing is for certain is it will be a completely different look than what we are used to.

    by Divotking on 9/27/2012 7:07 AM
  47. Ancientone: I am in your camp also, I think Lillard is the big key that we were looking for. Has BRoy ability, has Dre ability and can almost be both of them in one. Dre could set up the offense, could pass, but couldn't hit the three, BRoy could hit the three, pass a little, go right or left with either hand, but couldn't set up the offense.
    Lillard can do all that the two can do.

    BTW, you and Divotking both play BB, How difficult is it to palm the ball, or catch the ball with one hand off the dribble and pass in one motion? Even if I could palm the ball, I don't know if I could palm it and throw in one motion

    by Hg on 9/27/2012 7:22 AM
  48. Larry Bird could do it but then Red Auerbach said his hands were as big as a toilet seat lid.

    by Ancientone on 9/27/2012 12:53 PM
  49. Anybody excited to see the official unveiling of the new red alternate uniforms for next season? They will be worn for opening night against the Lakers on October 31.

    by Shem on 9/27/2012 9:02 PM
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