News Radio WOAI KTKR AM Sports

Go Back > SpursReport Fan Forums > Spurs and NBA Fan Feedback

LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 07-04-05, 06:48 PM
Spurs Brazil's Avatar
SpursReport Team Captain
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: São Paulo, Brazil
Posts: 8,699
Trail Blazers focus search on Porter, McMillan, Iavaroni

The Portland Trail Blazers interviewed Terry Porter for their vacant coaching job Sunday,'s Marc Stein has learned.

Terry Porter made his mark in Portland with two trips to the NBA Finals in 10 seasons.
Porter, according to NBA coaching sources, was thus officially added to a Blazer search believed to favor Seattle coach Nate McMillan, with Phoenix assistant Marc Iavaroni also a strong contender.

The Blazers appeared close to offering the job to Iavaroni in late June, with the caveat that they first wanted a shot at luring McMillan away from the SuperSonics. McMillan's previous contract with the Sonics expired Thursday, and the Blazers have since begun their pursuit. The New York Times reported Sunday that Portland is offering McMillan an annual salary of $6 million.

McMillan has a four-year offer on the table from Seattle worth an estimated $18 million, and the Tacoma News Tribune reported Saturday that the lifelong Sonic has been told he has to notify the club by "the middle of next week" if he wants to take the offer or coach elsewhere next season.

Porter became available June 22 after his firing in Milwaukee and figures to battle Iavaroni for the job if McMillan elects to stay with the Sonics. Porter had two up-and-down seasons with the Bucks, coaching them to a 71-93 record and one playoff appearance. But he remains very popular in Portland, which could give Porter an edge as the Blazers try to reconnect with their frustrated fan base.

Porter helped Portland to two NBA Finals appearances in his 10 seasons with the Blazers, who drafted him 24th overall in 1985 out of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

"Obviously, with my history there, I would be very interested in trying to help them bring back the glory days," Porter told on June 23.

Iavaroni is a highly regarded assistant who has been considered future head-coach material since working with Pat Riley in Miami. He has worked extensively in Phoenix with Suns star Amare Stoudemire.

The Blazers fired coach Maurice Cheeks on March 2 and replaced him with interim coach Kevin Pritchard, the team's director of player personnel. The team went on to finish with a 27-55 record, tying their franchise-worst season of 1973-74.
"We would have two less championships here if it wasn't for Manu Ginobili," Popovich said. "In my book, Manu Ginobili is the stud of the world.
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiFurl this Post!
Reply With Quote
Old 07-04-05, 09:03 PM
Amente's Avatar
SpursReport Mod Geezer
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 10,528

It's amazing the number of teams that still are without a head coach at this point of the off-season.

How can one draft and recruit the proper players for a system when you have no coach and thus,
no system.
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiFurl this Post!
Reply With Quote
Old 07-04-05, 09:36 PM
wutitdo's Avatar
SpursReport Rookie
Join Date: Jun 2005
Posts: 5

portland is going to surprise a few people next year
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiFurl this Post!
Reply With Quote


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:33 AM.

Powered by vBulletin Version 3.7.4 Copyright © 2000-2008 Jelsoft Enterprises Limited.

Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO 3.2.0