Report: Blazers Narrow Coaching Search
The Trail Blazers’ coaching search has been narrowed to finalists Terry Stotts, Elston Turner, Steve Clifford and Kaleb Canales, The Oregonian has learned, with a second round of interviews taking place with general manager Neil Olshey in Portland next week.
They are not the biggest names in NBA coaching circles, but those who know the finalists say the candidates might be just an opportunity from making a name for themselves.
After all, one of the finalists (Stotts) recently won an NBA championship. Another (Clifford) is compared to former NBA coach of the year Tom Thibodeau. Meanwhile, one (Turner) could translate the intricacies of Steve Nash’s screen-and-roll to rookie point guard Damian Lillard, and another (Canales) already has the support and experience in dealing with the Blazers’ key players.