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Blazers name Mavericks assistant Terry Stotts as new coach

By Ben Golliver | Blogger
Terry Stotts gets his third chance as a head coach. (Getty Images)

Maybe the third time will prove to be the charm?

The Portland Trail Blazers announced the hiring of Dallas Mavericks assistant Terry Stotts as their next coach in a statement on Tuesday afternoon.

"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," Blazers GM Neil Olshey said in a statement. "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, 54, previously served as the head man on two occasions: from 2002-2004 with the Atlanta Hawks and 2005-07 with the Milwaukee Bucks. He holds a career coaching record of 115-168 and boasts one playoff appearance and zero .500+ seasons to his name.

"I'm very pleased to be a part of a great franchise in a beautiful city with such a proud history," Stotts said in a statement. "I look forward to working hard with Neil and our players toward the ultimate goal of bringing another championship to Portland."

Despite his lack of success as a head coach, Stotts arrives in Portland with strong backing from Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle, who gave him a full endorsement to The Oregonian.

"Of all the coaches presently in play, Terry is by far the best available," Carlisle said. "He's a professional and understands the process of NBA coaching and how to communicate and teach young players."

"Of all the assistants I've had, Terry has the best overall feel for the game and a very creative mind offensively."

Stotts served as an assistant under Carlisle since 2008. He inherites a rebuilding process in Portland, which saw its president, Larry Miller, resign this summer. Olshey has also only been on the job for a matter of months. He beat out Blazers interim coach Kaleb Canales to get the job. Canales stepped in for former coach Nate McMillan, who was fired amidst talk of a lost locker room back in March.

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