Eggers: Blazers Coach Terry Stotts Talks Beating Expectations, Damian Lillard's Impact, Minutes Distribution

Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

Blazers coach Terry Stotts talks beating expectations, Damian Lillard's Impact, and his minutes distribution.

Kerry Eggers of the Portland Tribune catches up with Portland Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts for a nice Q and A.

On beating early expectations

I'm pleased with the record we have. I'm pleased with the direction of the team, with how we're playing.

But we can't be satisfied or complacent with where we are. Our schedule from here on out is the toughest in the league. We have a lot of work ahead of us. We can't get too full of ourselves. But we have a good home record, and the recent 3-1 road trip was the most significant thing we've done up to now.

Damian Lillard's immediate impact

Kyrie Irving had a really good season last year. Chris Paul and Deron Williams and had a major impact on their teams as rookies. Those are the ones who come to mind. Being compared to Chris Paul is pretty good.

On heavy minutes for his starters

Big minutes are relative. The only thing unusual is four guys (on one team) averaging that many minutes. I don't think individually those are heavy minutes.

...

I'm very cognizant of their minutes and trying to rotate them. I try to keep them under 40. We've played five overtime games, which bumps the average. I want to keep them at a manageable number.

Stotts was also interviewed on TrueHoopTV on Wednesday. Some of the Blazers tossed his name in the hat for "Coach of the Year" recognition.

-- Ben Golliver | benjamin.golliver@gmail.com | Twitter

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Blazer's Edge

You must be a member of Blazer's Edge to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Blazer's Edge. You should read them.

Join Blazer's Edge

You must be a member of Blazer's Edge to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Blazer's Edge. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9347_tracker