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Sure, the history isn't great, but at least Stotts has coached an NBA game before.
Having spent time with the Atlanta Hawks and Milwaukee Bucks means that the newest Portland coach knows what it takes to win in the NBA.
The University of Oklahoma alum will be charged with rebuilding a team that will be one of the league's youngest in 2012-13.
Not the easiest situation, but one that I think Stotts will do his best to make work and reverse the fortunes of this once-proud franchise.
According to Jason Quick of the Oregonian, one of Stotts' former players had some good things to say about his tenure with the Hawks from 2002-2004.
"I thought he was really good in a tough situation for us," said Shareef Abdur-Rahim, who was the leading scorer in Atlanta under Stotts. "He's a smart guy, really bright, prepared, organized. And as far as teaching and explaining, he was really, really good. But the main thing was, he would find creative ways of putting guys in position to succeed."
As Abdur-Rahim mentioned, the guy has a high basketball IQ and should eventually find some success with the Blazers, especially if he can put that creativity to good use with certain guys.