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Sports Trail Blazers coaching rumors: Becky Hammon, Dawn Staley among Portland's top candidates

05:35  13 june  2021
05:35  13 june  2021 Source:   sportingnews.com

Trail Blazers beat Nuggets 115-95 in Game 4 to tie series

  Trail Blazers beat Nuggets 115-95 in Game 4 to tie series PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Usually the chants in Portland are for star Damian Lillard. On Saturday Norman Powell was treated to the crowd's adulation. Powell matched his career playoff high with 29 points and the Trail Blazers beat the Denver Nuggets 115-95 on Saturday in Game 4 to even the first-round series. “I love these types of games, these kinds of moments. It's the moment where nothing else matters," Powell said. "You get caught up in thePowell matched his career playoff high with 29 points and the Trail Blazers beat the Denver Nuggets 115-95 on Saturday in Game 4 to even the first-round series.

With the Portland Trail Blazers ' coaching search underway, San Antonio Spurs assistant coach Becky Hammon , South Carolina head coach Dawn Staley , Los Angeles Clippers assistant coach Chauncey Billups, Brooklyn Nets assistant coach Mike D'Antoni and Spurs vice president of basketball operations Brent Barry are among the initial candidates for the job Hammon will also interview for the Orlando Magic' s head coaching job, sources tell The Athletic. The Magic and coach Steve Clifford parted ways last week. Portland mutually parted ways with coach Terry Stotts two weeks ago.

Portland is currently seeking permission from their incumbent teams to interview "seven or eight candidates " to become the Blazers ' next head coach , according to NBC Sports Northwest's Dwight Jaynes. Brooklyn Nets assistant and well-respected offensive mastermind Mike D'Antoni has also been a long- rumored candidate for the Blazers . The Athletic reported on Thursday that D'Antoni, 70, has "serious interest" in becoming Portland ' s head coach . ESPN announcer Jeff Van Gundy and University of Michigan head coach Juwan Howard have also been frequently linked to the Blazers '

Only a week after the Trail Blazers parted ways with Terry Stotts, Portland's coaching search is already starting to take shape.

Spurs assistant coach Becky Hammon and South Carolina head coach Dawn Staley are among the top candidates for the Trail Blazers job, according to The Athletic's Shams Charania, who noted that Clippers assistant Chauncey Billups, Nets assistant Mike D'Antoni and Spurs vice president of basketball operations Brent Barry are also in that group.

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Hammon, a six-time WNBA All-Star who has been a member of San Antonio's coaching staff since 2014, will interview for the Trail Blazers and Magic head coaching jobs, per Charania. Orlando parted ways with Steve Clifford after the 2020-21 season, reportedly because the two sides were not aligned on the franchise's rebuilding timeline.

Nuggets beat Blazers 147-140 in 2OT, Lillard scores 55

  Nuggets beat Blazers 147-140 in 2OT, Lillard scores 55 DENVER (AP) — Michael Porter Jr.'s 3-pointer with 1:33 left in the second overtime helped the Denver Nuggets squelch an epic comeback by the Portland Trail Blazers with a 147-140 win Tuesday night in Game 5 of the first-round playoff series. “That’s what playoff basketball is," Porter said after the thriller that included a dozen lead changes and 11 ties. The Nuggets won despite Damian Lillard's franchise playoff record 55 points and NBA playoff record 12 3-pointers, including long distance shots that forced overtime and the second OT. He eclipsed the mark of 11 set by Golden State’s Klay Thompson at Oklahoma City on May 28, 2016.

Portland Trail Blazers trade, free agent, and draft rumors , updated constantly by the NBA experts at HoopsRumors.com. Trail Blazers players won’t be thinking about saving coach Terry Stotts‘ job when they open their playoff series with the Nuggets tonight, CJ McCollum tells Jason Quick of The Athletic. Stotts is rumored to be among a handful of coaches who are in jeopardy if they suffer an early exit in the postseason.

The Trail Blazers advanced to the Western Conference Semifinals for the second time in three seasons in 2015-16 after defeating the LA Clippers in the first round, despite not returning four of five starters from the previous year and possessing the third-youngest roster in the league. Prior to the Trail Blazers , he was the Head Women’ s Basketball Coach at Oklahoma Baptist University, leading the Lady Bison to 10 NAIA National Tournament appearances, including the 2009 NAIA Semifinals.

Staley, a five-time WNBA All-Star and a Hall of Famer, has a long track record of success at the collegiate level with the women's programs at Temple and South Carolina. Staley has turned the Gamecocks into a national powerhouse, reaching multiple Final Fours and winning a national championship in 2017.

Billups has established a solid reputation around the league and should be a popular target for teams looking to fill vacancies. D'Antoni has a major experience advantage over the other candidates, including Barry, who played in the NBA for more than a decade but has never been part of a coaching staff.

Portland star Damian Lillard, who is reportedly expected to have "major input" on the team's next coach, initially said that he wanted Lakers assistant Jason Kidd to get the job — Lillard later added that he also likes Billups — but Kidd quickly took his name out of the running.

Lillard wows, then turns the page with Blazers on the brink

  Lillard wows, then turns the page with Blazers on the brink Even Kevin Durant was awed by Damian Lillard’s Game 5 performance in Denver. Lillard had 55 points, including 12 3-pointers, and 10 assists in one of the best individual playoff performances ever. And yet the Trail Blazers lost 147-140 to the Nuggets in double overtime. Now the series shifts to Portland for Game 6 on Thursday night with Denver up 3-2 and the Blazers on the brink of elimination. The Suns can also clinch their series against the Lakers on Thursday night in Los Angeles. The winners of each of those first-round series will move on to meet in the Western Conference semifinals.

NBA Rumor : Becky Hammon Head Coach ? 39 rumors in this storyline. “It was just a natural thing,” says Hammon ’s father, Marty. “She was one of the two top assistants anyway. Becky Hammon on Pacers' radar for head coaching vacancy. Brooklyn’s Jacque Vaughn and Portland ’ s Nate Tibbetts.

San Antonio Spurs assistant coach Becky Hammon is among several candidates interviewing for the Indiana Pacers coaching vacancy, ESPN’ s Adrian Wojnarowski reports. The job became available when the Pacers fired fourth-year head coach Nate McMillan following a first-round playoff sweep to the Miami Heat. Hammon broke ground as the first female assistant head coach in the NBA when the Spurs hired her in 2014. If hired, she would be the first woman to coach an NBA team. Hammon previously interviewed for the Milwaukee Bucks head coaching opening in 2018.

"Portland's a first-class organization and will have great candidates for its head coaching job, but I've decided not to be one of them," Kidd told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. "Whoever they choose will have big shoes to fill from Terry."

Lillard hasn't made any demands of the organization, according to The Athletic's Sam Amick, but his voice will clearly hold some weight. The key for the Trail Blazers will be finding a candidate who can maximize Lillard's talents and push the team closer to title contention. Portland reached the playoffs in eight of Stotts' nine seasons, but it failed to make it out of the first round in four of its past five postseason trips.

Chargers QB Herbert getting better handle on new offense .
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