If you listen to the Tuesday edition of the Blazer's Edge Podcast regularly, you'll know that one of the recurring themes of the spring and summer has been the worth of Portland Trail Blazers Head Coach Terry Stotts. My co-host, Phil Naessens, has been especially militant in his praise of Stotts and for the most part I have agreed. Stotts has done quite well during his Portland tenure.
It's important to discuss these things now because Stotts' win-loss record with the Blazers is likely to take a beating this season. Even if you know that you're undermanned and outgunned going into a season, the temptation to blame coaching becomes nearly unbearable as the loss total approaches 50. Unless the Blazers pull together quickly (in which case Stotts would become a candidate for Coach of the Year once again), people will be speaking of Portland's head coach in less favorable terms next May than they do now.
Understanding this, we're going to ask your opinion of Terry Stotts while (reasonable) success is still a fresh memory and Portland's record is yet unstained.
First and foremost, we want to know how you think he's done so far. A 138-108 record in Portland is not shabby. How much of the team's success do you attribute to its head coach?
Second, we'd like you to rank Stotts among the all-time Blazers coaches list. Here's achart courtesy of basketball-reference.com. It lists Portland coaches in terms of winning percentage, but you can organize the names however you wish. Who would you rank above Stotts all-time and who would come just below him?
Share your list below and give us an assessment of your confidence in Stotts and his future in Portland.
--Dave email@example.com / @DaveDeckard / @Blazersedge