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  1. Siccolo
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    Posted 11/12/2012 9:01 PM

    How are you guys feeling about Terry Stotts as our coach?
    At first I was happy about the hire and was pushing for him, after 7 games Im beginning to grow frustrated with him. 
    Me and my dad and my cousin agree with me, and told me to make a thread lol.

    In the Spurs game we felt Hickson should have played mroe minutes late in the game. Also right now in the Hawks game Hickson was having a good 3rd quarter. We were making a run he had a nice post move and grabbed a board. Then Stotts put in Leonard. We then put Leonard- 4 minutes left in the third. It was a five point game. We put Hick back in 9 mintues in the 4th. We were down 8. 

    He is already playing starters 40 min plus... why not take them out when were making a run and there hot?? Watching the Hawks RIGHT NOW and we are on a 8-0 run with Hickson...

    Also, My cousin is a believer in Babbit and Pavlovic. He thinks they can contribute and can help on the offensive side. Stotts has not been playing these guys. He is doing what Nate was doing and not playing our bench.

    I am not liking Stotts at the moment, I will go back to watching the game now
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  1. Blazermanialives
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    Posted 11/12/2012 10:40 PM

    I think the bench players should be put in with starters.  We don't have a true second unit.  I saw Babbitt with the Stampede and I totally agree.  He has potential to contribute offensively and will actually try to play defense.  To me, the biggest issue is what Stotts is doing with L.A. He back at the elbow, taking shot after shot.  Hickson is playing offense like a PF, while Stotts has him trying to imitate Dirk.  L.A. became an All-Star because he developed his post game.  Now, he's being asked to give it up, leaving Hickson to cover the inside on both the defensive and offensive end.  Pavlovic hasn't shown me much so far, but he may have potential is he gets some serious minutes.  It may be time to send Nolan Smith to Idaho, unless they want to use him as a back up 2.  He is too turnover prone to handle the backup 1.  Ronnie Price is the best backup point guard we have.  That's not saying a lot, but he's better than the rest. I enjoyed your comments. I especially like it when people analyze quarter by quarter and pay attention to game flow.  Thanks
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  1. Siccolo
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    Posted 11/12/2012 10:43 PM

    Thanks! My Dad told me to go in detail
    I agree with your comments completely !!!
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  1. BDawg
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    Posted 11/13/2012 4:45 AM

    Stott's is missing more than scoring on his bench. His buddy Buzz (Lightyear) is also noteably absent next to him courtside:-) Yes...I believe Woody is our beloved Blazer head coach.

    Seriously though, I feel for Stotts. Remember, this isn't HIS team, HIS collection of talent. He's doing the best he can with what he has to work with. Allen wants lottery and cap flexibility next year. Simple as that. If that weren't the case, Karl or Stache might be sitting next to Woody. They were already in the stable, but told to walk.
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  1. bonjustin8
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    Posted 11/13/2012 6:23 AM

    How long is Stotts' contract? I have a feeling that we'll get a new coach as soon as the season ends (if the team performs poorly, that is).
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  1. riverman
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    Posted 11/13/2012 5:31 PM

    This is not the time to thow Stotts under the bus Players are learning his system an its not 2nd nature yet. I'm sure he's as frustrated as fans when Freeland cant shoot and Nolan throws the ball away and can't shoot. Stotts doesn't make LA brick freethrows or miss layups in the post. I like him as a coach and have come to terms with our bench holes Babbit cannot defend the 4 in the NBA
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  1. D_pickett
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    Posted 11/13/2012 6:44 PM

    I was under the impression the new coach (whoever it was) would be given a 2 or 3 year window to show improvement and growth of the team. It's not the loss column that's going to get Stotts fired, but if our talent doesn't develop under him, he's gonna go the way of Nate.

    My direct impression is that Stotts has an unconventional coaching philosophy, but so did Phil Jackson. I'm not seeing the real benefits of Stotts' coaching yet, but I also know he doesn't have a lot to work with. What we're seeing isn't a failing system or an inept coach. We're seeing a lack of an actual NBA roster.
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  1. Siccolo
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    Posted 11/13/2012 7:48 PM

    Stotts is obviously a legit coach, as he has proved with winning a ring in Dallas, however, in Portland so far, he is doing no better than Mcmillan.  There is no point making a change if your sticking to the same style of losing basketball.  Blazers seem to rely 100% on their starters and never give their bench a chance to develop....sure they will make some mistakes, but that is how players learn and grow.  Nate never understood this concept and it seem Stotts doesnt either.  This is why Porltand will never be a good team.
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  1. BlazerManiac
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    Posted 11/14/2012 6:48 AM

    Posted By Siccolo on 11/13/2012 7:48 PM
    Stotts is obviously a legit coach, as he has proved with winning a ring in Dallas, however, in Portland so far, he is doing no better than Mcmillan.  There is no point making a change if your sticking to the same style of losing basketball.  Blazers seem to rely 100% on their starters and never give their bench a chance to develop....sure they will make some mistakes, but that is how players learn and grow.  Nate never understood this concept and it seem Stotts doesnt either.  This is why Porltand will never be a good team.

    I think he will be gone my midseason and my choice would be to give it back to Kaleb.  He brought a lot of excitement to the team.    I do not see Paul Allen waiting another two years to get a playoff contended. 

    Anybody who knows the NBA knows to get to the Finals, you have to have a team that can play tenacious defense and that starts the offense.  Terry Stotts teams are not known for defense.  He has no clue about defense.  He was mentored by George Karl who has had teams who are high scoring teams and hopes they can score enough points that the opponents don’t catch up.

    In an article with Sports Illustrated he talked about how Rick Carlisle finally brought a defensive mindset when he went to Detroit, he stated “he hoped he could do that in Portland.  Also in the same article he said he was a big believer of three point shots.  Problem with Portland is we really do not have any consistent three point shooters.  Other than LA’s outside jumper, no one can consistently shoot from the outside.

    Look at our roster, other than one true all star in LA, Then maybe three or four supporting cast, we really do not have the talent to win offensively.  It needs to be about defense and making opportunities happen.  That is why I was concerned when they hired him.  Do I see Paul Allen giving it two to three years of growing talent?  NOT A CHANCE!  He is gone by midseason.

    Below is a link to the great article about him.

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/basketball/nba/blogs/nba-point-forward/2012/08/14/trail-blazers-terry-stotts/


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  1. Siccolo
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    Posted 11/14/2012 6:23 PM

    Yeah I dont think Paul Allen can waith either. I do agree with Stotts being fired soon BUT i don't think we should give the keys to Kaleb
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  1. riverman
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    Posted 11/14/2012 7:28 PM

    I couldn't disagree more with firing Stotts. He's doing a great job and he's working with the cards he's been dealt. This is not the season for instant gratification and we are not the Lakers here guys. You can't buy chemistry and experience and we have one of the youngest, most inexperienced benches in the league. Also one of the least expensive with all the rookie contracts. A new coach would be starting all over again trying to teach a new system and setting us back to summer league. If anything given the schedule we opened the season with, we've overachieved the expectations. Our players love the guy and that's half the battle. Everyone wanted to fire Scott Brooks when he took over the Thunder, then Spoelstra when he took over the Heat. These leaps don't happen overnight. Be a fan and let it enfold and cheer on this hard working, young team. They have a huge upside and will get better game by game.
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  1. schwabbii
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    Posted 11/14/2012 7:32 PM

    Do we not remember how long Nate was kept as a head coach? Its the beginning of the season folks and from what I hear, Stotts wants to win now whereas the front office doesn't want to shell out money for the now. They would much rather wait it out and build it right. I know that our bench needs to be developed, but every team has one or two bench players who can come right in and make an impact. We have about 0 players who can come and make an impact off the bench. I know Babbitt has potential, as was stated above, but he needs to figure out how to make his potential come out. You can't be a shooter and not be able to shoot the ball. Simple as that.
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  1. riverman
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    Posted 11/14/2012 7:34 PM

    3-5 in the West against veteran teams that have returning rotations and rosters..and some of the losses were down to the wire..I'd say that's pretty good when you look at who we played. Be careful with the blame game, when this team starts gelling, youll wish you hadn't been their worst critic just as they got started.
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  1. knorton181
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    Posted 11/15/2012 2:18 AM

    Woah this shocked me... He's playing his starters high minutes to get them to play with chemistry quickly. Rather than like last years team where the starters didn't know how to play together at all even until the final games.

    We're playing really good basketball guys, let's not get down already.... Everyone is hyped, playing together, and our offense is growing in efficiency. The key here is growth.

    It's not about how you start, or not even so much where we finish (ranks wise). But how we get there. How we play in the process.

    P.S. We have a rookie C, and a PF trying to playing the C position, it's gonna take some getting used to.
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  1. BlazerManiac
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    Posted 11/15/2012 6:09 AM

    I do not hear anyone speaking about Defense only about offense.  Why is it the further teams get into the playoffs, the lower the scores get?  It is all about defense lets not lose sight of that.  Stotts by his own admission in the article admits that "he hopes he can bring defense in"
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  1. riverman
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    Posted 11/15/2012 8:15 AM

    Kaleb Canales is our defensive coordinator. I don't see people questioning his schemes and I think we're getting better defensively game by game. Wesley and Nico should be considered all defensive players when it comes down to it. I remain an optimist.
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  1. schwabbii
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    Posted 11/15/2012 5:15 PM

    I have no problem as of yet with Stotts or how the team is doing. As riverman stated above, our games have been against some of the top talents in the West in OKC, San Antonio, Dallas and the Clippers. Defense is a big key in becoming better, yet we all know that a big part of that is the bigs inside. LA isn't known for his defense and will do alright. Hickson is a beast on the boards but no one is really afraid of driving in on him. It's a growing process. 
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  1. D Licious
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    Posted 11/17/2012 9:37 AM

    Rome wasn't built in 45 days.....personally I think Stotts was a solid hire and his schemes will turn out to be just what the doctor ordered for our mix of talent

    He had a good personality to me and seems like he is respected by our team and his new offense revolves around decision making by players like Batum and Lillard rather than funneling "forcefeeding Roy"

    Lillard mentioned after the game in his humble manner "they are getting better and better every day" Lillard... a fan of Stotts decision making read offense also mentioned I think something to "the team just picked a few seconds on plays just last week"   In the end we will be explosive on O but can we defend

    D will come hopefully when Leonard Meyers plugs the 5 and defends the rim.   His raw size can't be taught and if he starts causing havic with hip checks and general banging in the paint like he did against Houston that time won't be long.  sumptn' neither Hickson or LMA can provide

    The team seems generally happy in all their roles...  lets see how JJ takes going the bench prob the first thing Stotts will face but a must IMO

    one game at a time .. and if you think about it this young team competes and plays hard that says a lot about the coach

    we are one game like SA that we shoot our normal free throw clip away from being tied for 5th in West and with our schedule and young team that's not too shabby
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  1. D Licious
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    Posted 11/17/2012 9:40 AM

    sorry Meyers for butchering your name above mis spell no edit ahhaha

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  1. BLASER
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    Posted 11/17/2012 3:59 PM

    Posted By riverman on 11/14/2012 7:28 PM
    I couldn't disagree more with firing Stotts. He's doing a great job and he's working with the cards he's been dealt. This is not the season for instant gratification and we are not the Lakers here guys. You can't buy chemistry and experience and we have one of the youngest, most inexperienced benches in the league. Also one of the least expensive with all the rookie contracts. A new coach would be starting all over again trying to teach a new system and setting us back to summer league. If anything given the schedule we opened the season with, we've overachieved the expectations. Our players love the guy and that's half the battle. Everyone wanted to fire Scott Brooks when he took over the Thunder, then Spoelstra when he took over the Heat. These leaps don't happen overnight. Be a fan and let it enfold and cheer on this hard working, young team. They have a huge upside and will get better game by game.

    I'm gonna agree here I think everyone is jumping the gun too early it's only what 8 games in the season and everyones already cryng? everythings gonna take time 
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  1. The Unholy
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    Posted 11/18/2012 7:08 AM

    the only gripe i have at this point is LA taking too many shots from outside. to his credit he makes some, but you're giving up alot of rebounds on misses too. he should mix it up a bit and get in the post.
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  1. riverman
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    Posted 11/18/2012 9:23 AM

    To LaMarcus credit, he's getting more assists than ever and finding the open shooter as he's double teamed most games. Also he's not getting allstar calls when he posts up for some reason. Seems everytime he drives the lane for a layup he gets an offensive foul and that makes guys like him try and beat you with the jumpshot. He had 29 pts last game. Game before he had 8 assists. I like a team with a different leading scorer night in night out. Shows we're playing to win and not playing for stats.
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  1. D Licious
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    Posted 11/18/2012 3:32 PM

    The offense has never been more explosive IMO already thank to Lillard.... hmmmm boring Nate Ball clear out wait from Brandon to work the elbows and limit possesions or motion offense with players making reads and running fast break?  easy choice for me

    now for D... time tell will if we learn to defend the paint get stops.... but isn't that Caleb's handle?
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  1. commontongue
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    Posted 11/18/2012 4:23 PM

    Whatever happened to Chris Johnson and Jeff Pendergraph ?
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  1. commontongue
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    Posted 11/18/2012 4:34 PM

    I hear alot of folk calling for Stott's head. I dont care what coach we bring here, its the players who have to execute on defense.Mike Brown knows a thing or two about that. Stotts has seen every defensive scheme there is as a one time offensive coordinator of a Championship team. He doesnt blow assignments, players do. He doesnt get tired, players do. What are we, 10 games into an 82 game run ? Did anyone think that Stotts was going to come in a be able to mend this bullet hole with a band-aid ? Our bench needs help, no question about that. We definitely need a pivot so that JJ can play his natural position of PF. L.A. needs to play inside more, i agree, but so does everyone else when shots arent falling.
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  1. Blazer247
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    Posted 11/18/2012 4:35 PM

    Pendergraph was always good, just raw... seems like this would be a GREAT time to have him in there, like a younger back up Hickson
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  1. commontongue
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    Posted 11/18/2012 4:40 PM

    Id also like to add that if L.A. doesnt step his game up real soon, with JJ playing the way he is,dare i say it.....
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  1. Siccolo
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    Posted 11/18/2012 7:03 PM

    Yeah they would have been very helpful right now. We are playing a great game right now vs CHI. Impressed how great the whole team is playing right now.
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  1. D_pickett
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    Posted 11/18/2012 11:59 PM

    Posted By commontongue on 11/18/2012 4:40 PM
    Id also like to add that if L.A. doesnt step his game up real soon, with JJ playing the way he is,dare i say it.....

    10 games into the season and you're trading our all star? We'd never have a roster for more than 5 minutes if fans could make the call.
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  1. BLASER
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    Posted 11/19/2012 1:19 AM

    wow @ ppl saying trade aldridge smh right now we have a great starting line up 
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  1. riverman
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    Posted 11/19/2012 11:03 AM

    What is wrong with people? Whatever happened to fan loyalty? We are seeing a starting five that is championship caliber, wants to win a championship here develop before our eyes. If you want to add to the team you clear two spots or three off the bottom of the bench and take a swing at a role player and there's really no hurry to do that. I'm starting to blame this trend of trade your best player crap on fantasy basketball playing mindsets. This core could be together for years and I hope they are! Give it up and believe me, Neil and Paul know what they're doing here. Trust em!
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  1. Blazer247
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    Posted 11/19/2012 11:40 AM

    Amen, Riverman.

    I agreed with ya already on the other thread but you nailed an important detail here: "...clear two spots or three off the bottom of the bench and take a swing at a role player AND THERE'S REALLY NO HURRY TO DO THAT" this couldn't be more true.

    It's a crazy, whimsical notion for a developing team to trade their all-star player for value... at best, what this does is bring in multiple players, each of inferior skill to the one we give up, and we'd be hoping one of them is ready for a breakout season; why would we want that?

    We already had an over-full roster where we had to cut players and send em to Idaho, and you are basically trying to put us back in the same situation, but with a worse roster that comes out the other end. The long-term goal would be sacrificing a quality player in the hopes that down the line, you've acquired players who can be used as better trade assets... but what's the point of trade assets if we only get them by making our team drastically weaker?

    This is a short-term-minded strategy, and even then, you would be relying on several other moves (player development and trades, neither of which is a sure thing) working out exactly how we needed, which would be even less likely to work out than this initial move. Without key trades working out, then our best hope would be that by trading Aldridge, we send ourselves to the lottery again, and get lucky AGAIN. This is too much luck to rely on, and is a dreamer's strategy. Poor planning, top to bottom.

    A much more successful strategy, historically, in the NBA, is building a core team slowly over time, over multiple years of drafts/trades acquiring BETTER players, not worse ones.

    Please, lets not divide the fanbase this early in the season by talking about trading our best players. This team is no longer in the "blow-it-up" stages, it's in the "day 1 of the future" stage, so lets just cheer em on and see what develops, eh?

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  1. Blazer247
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    Posted 11/19/2012 11:48 AM

    Just as examples, look at our recent moves over the last few years... We got Lillard by trading an aging, under-performing star who had passed his prime but another rebuilding team needed him as an accessory... we got Mathews by using $ that another roster didn't want to match... we got Hickson on a such a good $ deal that it seems comical now... even Aldridge and Batum, back when we acquired them, were gotten through deals that involved getting rid of some of our lower-end assets, NOT by trading away our star player.

    So that's our entire starting 5, the best starting 5 in the NBA, built in Portland by using intelligent scouting and planning ahead, NOT by getting rid of stars and hoping for the best.
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  1. D Licious
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    Posted 11/19/2012 4:03 PM

    Posted By D_pickett on 11/18/2012 11:59 PM
    Posted By commontongue on 11/18/2012 4:40 PM
    Id also like to add that if L.A. doesnt step his game up real soon, with JJ playing the way he is,dare i say it.....

    10 games into the season and you're trading our all star? We'd never have a roster for more than 5 minutes if fans could make the call.
    pretty funny too

    careful don't know what you got til its gone... Stotts knows what he has

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  1. D Licious
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    Posted 11/19/2012 4:04 PM

    everyone is a gm we have a team ... and its going to get better and better time to get on board this train 

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  1. worldbarrow
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    Posted 11/19/2012 4:20 PM

    In the game vs. San Antonio, Stotts put in a unit of reserves at the beginning of the fourth, when the Blazers had a comfortable but not insurmountable lead.  The lead slid quickly and the Blazers lost the game. Stotts had also done a lot of mouthing off that probably cost the team a lot of crucial calls.   The game was one clear example of a game that the starting five won handily, and Terry Stotts lost. Still, Stotts is like the saint of team morale compared to McMIllan, who would drive the starters like slaves and never play reserves. McMillan was probably the reason Brandon Roy needed to escape from basketball. Stotts is a better coach for young developing players, but he shouldn't forget about *winning* either.
     



     
  1. Blazer247
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    Posted 11/19/2012 6:15 PM

    Good point, Worldbarrow, and welcome to the Blazer forums :)
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  1. commontongue
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    Posted 11/19/2012 9:25 PM

    Pump your brakes people.Laugh a little. I know better than most of you newbies what an asset L.A. is. But i also know that this is the time for him to establish himself as a premiere post player, not a perimeter player. Thats reserved for those who get long in the tooth and make their home out on the perimeter. Like Rasheed began doing in his old age. I need L.A. on the block wreaking havoc. Not constantly getting bumped and banged out of position. It takes a pair to establish yourself in the post. You have to want to get down in there. For him to be one of the best running big men in the game, he should easily be able to run down the middle,beat his man to the pivot spot and hold his ground. He should be going to the line for freethrows all game.He should be scoring at least 10 to 12 points from the line every game. But he's got to want it.  
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  1. D Licious
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    Posted 11/20/2012 9:01 AM

    Posted By commontongue on 11/19/2012 9:25 PM
    Pump your brakes people.Laugh a little. I know better than most of you newbies what an asset L.A. is. But i also know that this is the time for him to establish himself as a premiere post player, not a perimeter player. Thats reserved for those who get long in the tooth and make their home out on the perimeter. Like Rasheed began doing in his old age. I need L.A. on the block wreaking havoc. Not constantly getting bumped and banged out of position. It takes a pair to establish yourself in the post. You have to want to get down in there. For him to be one of the best running big men in the game, he should easily be able to run down the middle,beat his man to the pivot spot and hold his ground. He should be going to the line for freethrows all game.He should be scoring at least 10 to 12 points from the line every game. But he's got to want it.  

    and what about the newly repaired Hip? are u worried about sending him back ti IR?

    Dirk won a championship playing the 4 in Stotts offense and LMA has the same uniquie skillz to do that same damage by pulling out fours...  LMA is putting up numbers in a dif way now and I'm pretty sure he will wreak havic in the paint too but damn lets save that hip  

    Let this whole new offense roll our some more before labeling it anything... LMA is putting up nice numbers and always been a lock for 40 plus a night

    New NBA spreads teams out... Chicago didn't run hardly one post up all night not saying we could live with that but just noting the NBA has changed

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  1. Curvychloe
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    Posted 11/20/2012 6:24 PM

    Wow some of you guys are crazy.Trade LA? Fire Stotts?! We are 10 games into the season,and lets be honest were doing pretty decent.With the only real disappointment being the loss to the hawks at home.Some guy said we have the best starting 5 in the nba!HAHA. Our starting 5 is pretty good well above average no doubt.. We just have NO bench,and i'm just a girl soooo I don't really know but I'm pretty sure we can pic up some players from the D-league maybe look overseas,I like the Rhyno,where did he go? If not we just gotta make do,and sign some bench players in the offseason.But Firing Stotts? I can't even believe were talking about that.
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  1. riverman
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    Posted 11/20/2012 10:02 PM

    The Rhino is playing for Maccabi Telaviv (sp?) in Israel and has been lighting it up there. Former Duck Luke Jackson played there last season, not sure if he's still there this year. I think our bench will be much better as the season progresses and I'm not worried about the last 3 guys on the bench...they'll only see garbage time anyway. I would like to see Stotts pair JJ with Meyers when LA is on the bench sometime and see how JJ handles the 4 with a 7ft Leonard in the post. Surprised we haven't seen that yet.
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  1. BLASER
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    Posted 11/21/2012 1:42 PM

    Posted By Curvychloe on 11/20/2012 6:24 PM
    Wow some of you guys are crazy.Trade LA? Fire Stotts?! We are 10 games into the season,and lets be honest were doing pretty decent.With the only real disappointment being the loss to the hawks at home.Some guy said we have the best starting 5 in the nba!HAHA. Our starting 5 is pretty good well above average no doubt.. We just have NO bench,and i'm just a girl soooo I don't really know but I'm pretty sure we can pic up some players from the D-league maybe look overseas,I like the Rhyno,where did he go? If not we just gotta make do,and sign some bench players in the offseason.But Firing Stotts? I can't even believe were talking about that.

    yea it's too early to throw stotts under the bus and l.a. won't get traded 

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  1. D_pickett
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    Posted 11/21/2012 9:25 PM

    It might be too early to throw Stotts under the bus, but now he's throwing players under the bus (a one-way ticket to firedville). I was shocked by his comments, especially since he's actually a less valuable piece moving forward than Meyers is... The funniest part is that Meyers had two on-ball blocks against Gortat. Most veterans can't do that playing straight-up post defense without any help. 

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  1. riverman
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    Posted 11/22/2012 10:20 AM

    I've said before that coaches don't brick shots, turn the ball over, ignore the boards etc...the loss last night was not on Stotts, it was on the team. Leonard blocked some shots and scored but had 1 fricking rebound throughout most of the game and Gortat blew him away and ended the game with only two fouls. It's a coaches job to adjust to the game and we'd better before the Wolves get to town because we just got blown out by the worst defensive team in the league. I hope Stotts is angry today but he's not our defensive coordinator..that is Kaleb Canales job and I don't think he's doing it very well so far. We may need a new assistant coach for defensive sets. Kaleb has to take some of the blame here.

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  1. D_pickett
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    Posted 11/22/2012 11:21 AM

    True Riverman, but a lack of in-game adjustment is not championship coaching. And when a back-to-basket center is blowing you up, you send a double team. That's why Stotts can't totally blame Leonard (although I do agree his rebounds were at an unacceptably low number all game). It's also not good coaching to pass the buck to your players and defensive coordinator. You have to set them up for success. Remember Nate's tag-line right before he got fired? He kept saying the players didn't execute. I still have faith that Stotts is a good fit for this team, but I don't think he's making friends with the front office if he keeps this attitude up.

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  1. Blazer Fanatic
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    Posted 11/22/2012 4:42 PM

    Stotts has been an improvement, despite the tallent and depth of this team decreasing.  But he shot himself in the foot after being blown out in Phoenix.  Calling out Leonard after the game was pretty offensive.  In his first career start, Leonard score 12 points on 6-9 shooting (LA:  12 pts on 5-15 shooting) and had 2 steals and 2 blocks (LA: zero blocks, zero steals).  I just don't get how you call out your rookie center in his first start, when your All-Star gets smoked just as bad by Morris who had 19 pts on 9-13 shooting, and your PG can't keep Dragic from getting to the rim at will while turning the ball over 6 times.  Was Meyer's supposed to guard Dragic AND Gortat?  Of couse the front court is going to look out of possition on D when they are constantly forced to stop penitration every trip down the court.  Of course your rookie center is going to keep getting abused by a savvy veteran over and over when your defensive scheme doesn't change.  That's the NBA.  "Mentally engaged," Stotts said?  Really?  Ok COACH, what's your job again?
  1. Curvychloe
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    Posted 11/23/2012 10:11 AM

    Phoenix always owns us down there in Arizona,when we play them in Portland we'll beat them by 20,its always been that way,always will be that way. I remember one november in 2000 when we had a awesome team with Pippen and Wallace and all these dudes and they beat us by like 30 in phoenix. It'll happen till the dawn of time no matter who we have guarding who
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  1. knorton181
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    Posted 11/23/2012 5:35 PM

    Why in the hell did he call out Meyers for that game? I'm honestly shocked... I think he's a good coach but that was silly
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  1. BLASER
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    Posted 11/23/2012 8:32 PM

    yea but if your 7 foot and athletic you should be able to hustle for rebounds I don't care who you are but overall it wasn't just meyers leonard that had a poor game 

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  1. riverman
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    Posted 11/24/2012 10:45 AM

    I'm glad to see Stotts show some fire and Meyers needed to be addressed, his defense and rebounding were pretty bad in that game. Popovich or Rivers would've done the same. We know he's still only 20 but welcome to the NBA Meyers! He's going to be a great center someday but until then, he needs to know when he plays hollow in the paint. His stats have shown big holes in his game and young guys like to go after blocks and dunks.
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