After a bumpy season, Head Coach Terry Stotts of the Portland Trail Blazers marked his 400th win with the franchise, which he joined in 2012. According to Lindsay Wisniewski of NBC Sports Northwest, Stotts was pleased with the achievement.
“It’s special,” Stotts said after the game. “Not a lot of coaches are able to be with a franchise long enough to win 400 games. It’s been a great nine years. Our work’s not done this year.”
Following the win, the Trail Blazers recognized Stotts’ accomplishment, which places him in second behind the legendary Dr. Jack Ramsay, who coached the franchise to 453 wins. Stotts was awarded the game ball.
Reflecting on his 400 wins with the franchise, Stotts had a lot to say about the current season.
“The enjoyment I’m getting right now is the fact that we’re playing better, we’re healthy, we’re gearing up for the playoffs,” Stotts said. “NBA seasons have their phases. The excitement of the start of the season, the dog days of January and February, gearing up for the playoffs and it’s all going through the highs and going through the lows...
That’s just part of an NBA season and I think that we’ve experienced all that. I don’t enjoy it all the time. I didn’t enjoy losing five in a row, obviously. But I enjoy the fact that we’re playing well, we got a nice little rhythm going. We have a chance to do something beyond this.”
Player Norman Powell said he was happy to be a small part of a much larger achievement.
“He’s a great coach. I love his personality, very easy to talk to,” Powell explained. “A great, great mind of the game. So, I’m excited to be here and I’ve been learning a lot in the way he runs his offense and things like that. I think it sets me up for easy looks, especially when you have Dame and CJ on the floor, so I’m just excited to have him as a coach. I’ve heard a lot about him since being in Toronto, playing against the Blazers…
I’m just glad I was a part of a few of those wins to get him to 400.”
Congratulation to Coach Stotts on his accomplishment.