The Portland Trail Blazers announced on Friday that they had separated from their coach Terry Stotts (63). The latter paid the price for the elimination of the Oregon franchise in the first round of the NBA play-offs on Thursday against the Denver Nuggets. This is the fourth time in five years that Portland has disappeared in the first round of the finals.
Stotts, who in his playing career had passed through France (Voiron, Roanne and Sceaux between 1985 and 1990), had coached the Trail Blazers since 2012. In nine seasons, he took his team to the play-offs eight times in ‘in a row and has the second best record in the franchise for a coach (402 wins against 318 losses).
Terry Stotts had also coached the Atlanta Hawks (from 2002 to 2004) then the Milwaukee Bucks (between 2005 and 2007). Before joining Portland, he had been an assistant to the Dallas Mavericks (2008-2012) and had participated in the only NBA title of the Texans, in 2011.