The Portland Trail Blazers are in the search for a new head coach and general manager Neil Olshey is hoping to soon start doing interviews with potential candidates. After nine years, the Trail Blazers mutually agreed to split with their long-time head coach Terry Stotts.
"We're running a very expansive, diverse search. We'll probably have anywhere from 20 to 25 candidates in there with biographical data, background, intel, impact studies, coaching records, playing records, etc., so that we all are speaking the same language as we vet these candidates," Olshey said, per Associated Press.
"I have not reached out to any teams or agents to request permission to conduct formal interviews until we've had a chance to review all those materials." Jason Kidd was mentioned as a potential candidate but then he publicly said he wasn't interested in becoming the new Trail Blazers head coach.
"Rumors move fast but process moves slow," Olshey said.zers
Stotts thanked the Trail Blazers
"Being the head coach of the Trail Blazers has been a life-changing experience," Stotts wrote. "There have been so many special memories that my wife, Jan, and I will always cherish; memories involving wonderful people and lasting friendships."
The Trail Blazers were the 29th team in the defensive rating this season. "It's not acceptable," Olshey said. "At 29th, you are finishing below teams that are literally in rebuild." When asked about his job security, Olshey said: "Well, I'm running the coaching search.
I have multiple years left on my contract. I think the feeling is that in this instance, while in the past there might have been questions, the first-round loss and the defensive rating at 29 was not a product of the roster.
I will tell you that all of us, myself included, serve at the pleasure of Jody Allen and we will all be here for as long as she sees value in our contribution." After the first round loss to the Denver Nuggets, Lillard said: "I mean, we didn't win a championship, so obviously where we are now isn't good enough.
I don't know what a shakeup looks like or what changes will be made or could be made, but obviously as is, it wasn't good enough. We came up short against a team without their starting point guard and shooting guard (Will Barton and Jamal Murray).
... Obviously, where we are isn't good enough to win a championship if it's not good enough to get out of a first-round series with two of their best three or four players not on the floor."