On a rapid reaction version of the Blazer’s Edge podcast, Danny Marang takes a look at the late-breaking news that Terry Stotts has been fired as head coach of the Portland Trail Blazers. Soon thereafter, a chain of leaked reports to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes laid the groundwork for a public discussion as to who would step into Stotts’ vacated place heading into the 2021-22 NBA season. With what is shaping up to be a very different offseason than any other in the Lillard era, we dive into the initial reports — the who, what, when, where, and why — and why nots associated with these breaking reports.
After a fourth first-round playoff exit in five seasons, the Portland Trail Blazers and coach Terry Stotts mutually agreed to part ways on Friday, sources told ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 5, 2021
Portland Trail Blazers superstar Damian Lillard tells @YahooSports his preference to be the next head coach of the franchise is Jason Kidd: “[He’s] the guy I want.” https://t.co/xzeI7lf3vn— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) June 5, 2021
Damian Lillard loved Terry Stotts. But now that Portland and the coach have parted ways, he tells @TheAthleticNBA “I like J. Kidd and Chauncey.”— Jason Quick (@jwquick) June 5, 2021
With @ShamsCharania, a look at the Stotts era and the feeling Lillard has for the only NBA coach he has known. https://t.co/x2LQi52qAw