Terry Stotts has coached his final game for the Portland Trail Blazers.
The Denver Nuggets eliminated the Trail Blazers from the NBA playoffs on Thursday, advancing to the second round with a 4-2 series victory.
A day later, news reports emerged that Stotts won’t remain at the helm. He led Portland for nine seasons, taking the Western Conference club to the postseason eight times.
Solid run with Terry Stotts
With Terry Stotts guiding the team, the Trail Blazers had an extended period of success. During his tenure, the club had a 402-318 record over nine seasons.
“I have the utmost respect for Terry and what he has accomplished these past nine seasons,” team president Neil Olshey said in a statement. “This was a difficult decision on both a personal and professional level but it’s in the best interest of the franchise to move in another direction.
“Terry will always hold a special place in the Trail Blazer family and the Portland community. We relied on the integrity, professionalism and consistency he brought to the job every day and we wish he and Jan nothing but the best.”
The 63-year-old coach had two years left on his contract.
Before taking over in Portland as one of three new NBA head coaches in 2012, Stotts had a combined 18 seasons of experience as an assistant or head coach.