The Portland Trail Blazers have hired a new head coach.
Terry Stotts was named the 14th head coach in franchise history Tuesday.
Stotts most recently served as an assistant coach with Dallas for four seasons from 2008 to 2012.
General manager Neil Olshey made the announcement.
"Terry is one of the elite offensive minds in the NBA, has extensive experience with multiple organizations and was instrumental in the Dallas Mavericks winning the 2011 NBA Championship," Olshey said in a prepared statement. "He understands the vision for the future of the franchise, appreciates the process involved and will create an environment on the court that will produce championship habits."
Stotts, 54, has twice served as an NBA head coach. He compiled an overall record of 115-168 in four years as the coach of the Milwaukee Bucks and the Atlanta Hawks.
Before becoming a head coach, Stotts served as an assistant under George Karl for 10 years, six with Seattle and four with Milwaukee. Those teams reached the postseason in nine of 10 seasons, including Seattle's NBA Finals appearance in 1996.
A four-year starter at the University of Oklahoma, Stotts was selected by Houston in the second round of the 1980 NBA Draft.
He played professionally for several seasons in Europe and with the CBA's Montana Golden Nuggets, coached by Karl.
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