Trail Blazers

Damian Lillard and Terry Stotts keep it real without blowups

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He has been called a fantastic players’ coach and there’s no doubt that Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts is well respected by his team.

That’s evident by attending practices, games, and shootarounds on the road.

The relationship between Stotts and his point guard Damian Lillard is also one of a kind.

Lillard has praised his coach for years in multiple media opportunities.

And as Stotts joined hosts Channing Frye and Dan Sheldon on the latest Talkin’ Blazers Podcast, he was asked if he and Lillard ever really lay into each other.

As one might imagine, they don’t.

We haven’t had a blowup. We’ve had some difference of opinions on occasion. If we lose a game, maybe I didn’t have a good game, or he didn’t have a good game, whatever -- there’s always different ways of looking at it.

Blazers HC Terry Stotts on his relationship with Damian Lillard

[Listen to the latest Talkin’ Blazers Podcast with hosts NBA Champion Channing Frye and Emmy Award winner Dan Sheldon with special guest Portland Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts]:

The Trail Blazers hired Stotts as their head coach on August 7, 2012, not even a month after Portland had drafted Lillard sixth overall.

In the Stotts-Lillard era the Blazers have gone 360-288 in the regular season.

A lot of their success comes from learning from their mistakes and being able to talk it out.

I would say, we’ve had differences of opinions that we’ve been able to talk through, but I wouldn’t say we’ve ever had a blowup in eight years, we haven’t had a blowup by any means.  

Terry Stotts

They can clearly go to each other with different ways of thinking and they give each other credit when they need to as well.

Watching Coach Stotts give Lillard the game ball back on Jan. 20 shows the close-knit relationship that these two have formed over the years. Lillard earned the game ball after dropping 61 points in Portland’s 129-124 overtime thriller over the Warriors.


And just as Lillard says in the team huddle, ‘together on three,’ Lillard and Stotts keep it real together.

You can listen to the entire Talkin’ Blazers Podcast with Coach Stotts right here.