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Olshey Blames Terry Stotts for Blazers’ Performance

Portland’s President of Basketball Operations says defense was a coaching, not a roster, issue.

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Portland Trail Blazers President of Basketball Operations Neil Olshey held a press conference today in which he addressed the media regarding the state of the the Blazers, the disappointing finish to their season, and the subsequent firing of Head Coach Terry Stotts.

Here’s the video of the press conference, courtesy of KGW News.

Here are the highlights courtesy of Blazer’s Edge’s own Danny Marang...

Olshey said that Portland’s lack of defense was a coaching issue, not a roster issue:

On potential discontent among players Damian Lillard and Jusuf Nurkic:

On potential new coaches:

On free agency in the upcoming summer:

On the lineup...

Olshey has served as lead executive for the Trail Blazers since 2012. The Blazers accumulated a 42-30 record this season, finishing 6th in the Western Conference, but falling 4-2 in the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs to the Denver Nuggets.

Earlier today Blazer’s Edge author Dave Deckard wrote up a history of Portland’s transactions under Olshey from 2015 to the present. You can find that here.