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Report: Blazers intel ‘cast doubt’ on Hammon

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With the Portland Blazers naming Chauncey Billups their head coach on Sunday night, supplanting Terry Stotts, much is now being mentioned regarding the team’s coaching search.

From the candidates, the interview process, to Damian Lillard's input, there are plenty of questions to be answered.

One topic that has been discussed is San Antonio Spurs assistant coach Becky Hammon emerging as a serious candidate for the job but not getting the role.

Bleacher Report’s Jake Fischer reported Hammon “impressed” representatives of the Blazers organization and left a good impression on them.

One of the people Hammon left a good impression on was Blazers chair Jody Allen. She was the “strongest champion,” for Hammon, per Fischer. Allen liked the idea of hiring the first woman head coach in NBA history, which supports why South Carolina's Dawn Staley was linked to the team.

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Sports Business Radio had also reported Allen wanted Hammon as the team's new coach.

Where things may have gone unbeneficial for Hammon was when the Blazers started their digging.

But when Portland reached out for intel from San Antonio figures, the background on Hammon was not nearly "as complimentary pertaining to various aspects of day-to-day coaching responsibilities" according to Fischer. That sentiment has been echoed by sources around the league. Blazers personnel then cast doubt that Hammon was the candidate to steer the ship through such delicate waters with Lillard.

Along with Hammon, Nets assistant coach Mike D’Antoni was viewed as a “legitimate” finalist for the vacancy. What he could bring to Portland could be akin to what he did to Phoenix and Houston. Helping emerging star talents like Steve Nash and James Harden reach MVP levels.

An idea that could seem intriguing from a Blazers perspective.

But the team is trying to win a championship and despite the re-surfacing of Chauncey Billups’ past, the team feels he is their guy to lead them going forward.