David Vanterpool, one of the young up-and-coming coaches on Terry Stotts' staff, interviewed Wednesday for the head coaching position in Orlando, Comcast Sportsbet Northwest has learned.
Vanterpool, who has worked closely with All-Star Damian Lillard and burgeoning star CJ McCollum, has been in Portland for four seasons after spending two seasons in the front office of the Oklahoma City Thunder, where he worked with now Magic general manager Rob Hennigan.
A former standout guard at St. Bonaventure and who played 22 games with the Washington Wizards in the 2000-2001 season, Vanterpool is a hands-on coach who extends his advice beyond the court. Both Lillard and McCollum credit Vanterpool for schooling them not only about the ins-and-outs of offense and defense, but also in becoming better and more complete men.
Vanterpool, 43, has previously interviewed for head coaching positions. In 2013 he interviewed with Philadelphia and in 2015 he was a candidate in Denver.