As previously mentioned, Blazers Owner Paul Allen is not happy with the level of success the Blazers are experiencing this season at 21-18 and wants more.
Reports have come out that he has his executive team determining if the organization’s issues are more representative of the front office or coaching.
Blazers face of the franchise, Damian Lillard, wants to make it clear that he and the rest of the players fully support Head Coach Terry Stotts and don’t want to see him go anywhere.
Here is a quote from a piece by Jason Quick of NBC Sports Portland:
“The players, he says, are 100 percent behind Stotts.
“And I think it’s unanimous for a reason,’’ Lillard said. “Like I always say: we play for a great person, and whatever struggles that we have, it’s not his fault. I will tell you that: it’s not his fault.’’
This is pretty admirable of Lillard to do to stand up for his coach and is exemplary of his leadership qualities in general.
While it may be near impossible for every player on a team to fully support a coach because of playing time issues that every team deals with, the article makes it pretty clear that on the whole the team supports and respects Stotts and that should count for something, if not enough to determine his future with the team.
If you ask me, the problem lies more with the front office and overvaluing your current roster and spending too much money and giving any roster flexibility in order to lock up an average roster at best.