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Damian Lillard shares birthday wishes for Coach Stotts

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Portland Trail Blazers head coach is celebrating his 59th birthday, and one of the team’s star players passed along his best wishes via Instagram.

Damian Lillard took to the social media platform Friday morning to talk about his coach, saying how Stotts has given him “every opportunity to become the NBA player that I have become.”

Lillard also credited Stotts with share the team with his players rather than making it “his team” as a key to making the Blazers special.

Stotts, who played college basketball at the University of Oklahoma and was drafted into but never played in the NBA, is in his fifth season leading the Trail Blazers and has taken the team to the playoffs the last three years.

The Blazers came up short against Cleveland Thursday and host the New Orleans Pelicans at the Moda Center Friday.

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