Saturday, August 11, 2012

Basketball: Trail Blazers Hire Former Sooner as HC

Former Sooner Terry Stotts named Portland Trail Blazers head coach: The Portland Trail Blazers hired former OU player Terry Stotts as head coach on Tuesday, filling the NBA's last coaching vacancy.

Stotts had a 115-168 record as coach of the Atlanta Hawks and Milwaukee Bucks before spending the past four seasons as an assistant with the Dallas Mavericks. He inherits a team that fell drastically short of expectations last season and heads into the new campaign with a roster that includes forwards LaMarcus Aldridge, Nicolas Batum, and a lot of question marks.

Stotts, 54, replaces Kaleb Canales, who went 8-15 in an interim role after Nate McMillan was fired.

“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,” general manager Neil Olshey said. 

He played college ball at Oklahoma and was drafted in the second round by the Houston Rockets in 1980. (AP/The Oklahoman)
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