According to reports, after three weeks of parting ways with Tristotz, the Trail Blazers found their next head coach.
Portland will hire Clippers assistant coach Chauncey Billups, According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, Who reported that Billups is Offered this job on friday nightThe 44-year-old player will be in the highest position on the Trail Blazers bench after playing for Tyrone Lue in his first season in the NBA coaching staff.
Billups became one of Portland’s top candidates in the early days of the Trail Blazers. He was recognized by Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard.After the Trail Blazers announced that Stotts would leave the organization, Lillard Tell Jason Quick and Charania of The Athletic He liked Billups and Lakers assistant coach Jason Kidd, who quickly ruled out his name.
“Portland is a top-notch team and there will be excellent head coach candidates, but I decided not to be one of them,” Kidd told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski Earlier this month. “No matter who they choose, there will be Terry’s big shoes to fill it.”
According to reports, Kidd has reached an agreement with the Mavericks to become the team’s head coach. According to Tim MacMahon of ESPN.
As the NBA Finals MVP and five-time All-Star selection in his career, Billups will be responsible for leading the Trail Blazers to the playoffs. Portland made the playoffs in eight of the nine seasons with Stotts, but failed to make the first round four of the past five playoff trips. After the Trail Blazers failed to beat the Nuggets entering the 2022 NBA playoffs, Stotts’s writing was on the wall, and the team did not have starters Jamal Murray and Will Button and substitutes. In the case of defender PJ Dozier.
Although Lillard has been loyal to Portland throughout his career, there is an “obvious sense of urgency” in his camp. Every timeBecause he wants to win now. The 2022-22 season will be Lillard’s first appearance during the five-year super-max renewal period, but Billups did not feel safe when he embarked on this job.
As an NBA player, he used to deal with pressure, but as the first head coach, he brought many different challenges. Lillard and the Trail Blazers will soon know whether Billups is up to the task.