The Portland Trail Blazers are probably still in bed after a wild 36 hours that included two victories, three flights, multiple hotels, and a snow storm. But before they hit the hay, they celebrated Head Coach Terry Stotts’ 200th victory with the team. Assistant Coach David Vanterpool commemorated the occasion on Instagram:
Congrats Coach Stotts! It's been an honor to be with you for these… https://t.co/78o0vaXAIq— David Vanterpool (@Davidvanterpool) January 12, 2017
Win no. 200 came in spectacular fashion for Stotts; the Blazers played their best game of the season and walloped the reigning NBA Champion Cleveland Cavaliers 102-86.
"I'm very proud of it," said Stotts, to Kerry Eggers of The Portland Tribune. "A lot of players and coaches went into it. If you'd told me when I got the job I'd get 200 wins, I don't know if I'd have believed you."
Stotts now has a 200-169 record with the Blazers and sits at no. 4 all-time in franchise coaching victories. Jack Ramsay (453), Rick Adelman (291), and Nate McMillan (266) are at the top of the list. His overall head coaching records is 315-337.
Stotts joined the Blazers in 2012 as an unheralded journeyman coach. Prior to arriving in Portland he was a head coach for four years in Milwaukee and Atlanta, but never finished a season with a winning record.
Despite his humble arrival, Stotts has found a home in Portland. He has consistently maximized the abilities of arguably under-talented rosters and led the Blazers to playoff series victories in 2014 and 2016. He is currently under contract with the team through 2020, so Blazers fans can look forward to the many victories that are yet to come.