Ex-NBA players interested in Oregon State basketball coaching job


Former NBA player, head coach Terry Porter is interested in the vacant Oregon State basketball coaching job, Portland Tribune reported.

Porter, reached Friday in Minneapolis, said he hasn’t heard from anyone at Oregon State, though several people outside the program have reached out to him.

“I’d be willing to listen,” said Porter wanted to be quoted as saying.

Porter, 51, was a two-time All-Star point guard who spent the first 10 years of his 17-year career with the Trail Blazers, helping the club reach the NBA finals in 1990 and ’92.

Porter played for Portland Trailblazers, Minnesota Timberwolves, Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs during his NBA career, averaging career high 18.2 ppg for Portland in 1992-93 season.

He played a total of 1274 NBA games (started in 732), holding averages of 12.2 ppg, 5.6 apg and 3.0 rpg in 27.8 mpg.

After retirement as a player in 2002, Porter served two stints as an NBA head coach – with Milwaukee from 2003-05 and with Phoenix in 2008-09. The former J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award winner has also been an assistant coach with Sacramento and Detroit and was No. 1 assistant with Rick Adelman at Minnesota the last four seasons.

Adelman resigned after the season and Porter, who makes his offseason home in Portland, is out of a job.

Another ex-NBA head coach, Lionel Hollins, probably isn’t, though he would entertain the idea if a representative of the OSU athletic department were to call.

Hollins, 60, has been out of coaching since not being rehired after leading Memphis to a franchise-record 56 victories in 2012-13, his fourth season running the Grizzlies.

The starting guard for the 1977 NBA champion Blazers said he had been contacted by an Oregon State booster, scouting out his interest in the OSU job.

“I told him to have someone from the school call me, and we’d see,” Hollins said. “I want to coach somewhere.”

Hollins played 10 seasons in the NBA, for Portland Trailblazers, Philadelphia Sixers, San Diego Clippers, Detroit Pistons and Houston Rockets. He averaged career high 15.9 ppg in 1977-78. Hollins played in total of 673 NBA games, averaging 11.6 ppg, 4.5 apg in 27.4 mpg. He was also selected to the 1978 NBA All-Star game.

Despite a printed report that former UCLA coach Ben Holland is Oregon State’s “target,” sources say athletic director Bob De Carolis is gathering information on potential candidates and will begin multiple interviews beginning next week.

One source said the process could take another two weeks.


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