PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Terry Stotts says there a lot of good coaches who don’t have good records, and he hopes to show Portland fans that he’s one of them.
Stotts was introduced Wednesday as the head coach of the Trail Blazers.
Stotts had a 115-168 record as coach of the Atlanta Hawks and Milwaukee Bucks before spending the past four seasons as an assistant with the Dallas Mavericks.
He takes over a team that missed the playoffs last season and has primarily rebuilt with rookies rather than veterans.
Stotts says he hopes to make the postseason, but his primary objective this season is to make sure the young players are better in April than October.
General manager Neil Olshey says he’s “absolutely confident” the team found the right coach.