Trail Blazers coaching rumor: Becky Harmon and Dawn Starley are the best candidates for Portland

Only one week after the Trail Blazers Parting with Tristotz, Portland’s coach search has begun to take shape.

Spurs assistant coach Becky Harmon and South Carolina coach Dawn Starley are among the best candidates for the Trail Blazers. According to Shams Charania of The AthleticWho pointed out that Clippers assistant Chauncey Billups, Nets assistant Mike D’Antoni and Spurs vice president of basketball operations Brent Barry are also in this group.

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According to Charania, Harmon has been selected to the WNBA All-Star six times and has been a member of the coaching staff of the San Antonio Spurs since 2014. He will be interviewed for the position of head coach of the Trail Blazers and Magic.Orlando Parting with Steve Clifford After the 2020-21 season, it was reported that the two sides were inconsistent in the team’s reconstruction schedule.

Staley has been inducted into the WNBA All-Star Player and Hall of Fame five times. She has achieved long-term success at the college level in Temple and South Carolina women’s programs. Staley has turned Gamecocks into a strong national team, entering the semi-finals several times in 2017 and winning the national championship.

Billups has a reputation in the league and should be a popular target for teams hoping to fill the vacancy. Compared with other candidates, D’Antoni has significant experience advantages, including Barry, who has played in the NBA for more than a decade, but has never been a member of the coaching staff.

According to reports, Portland star Damian Lillard (Damian Lillard) “Main Input” Regarding the team’s next coach, it was initially said that he wanted the Lakers assistant Jason Kidd to get the job-Lillard later added that he also likes Billups-but Kidd quickly named him Excluded.

“Portland is a first-class organization and there will be excellent head coach candidates, but I decided not to be one of them,” Kidd told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski“No matter who they choose, there will be Terry’s big shoes to fill it.”

Lillard did not make any requests to the organization, According to Sam Amick of The Athletic, But his voice obviously has some weight. The key to the Trail Blazers will be to find a candidate who can maximize Lillard’s talent and push the team closer to the championship. 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.



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