How Will It Impact Damian Lillard?
Evidently, there was an undercurrent of discord between Griffin and Stotts, which surfaced rather quickly, as they worked together for just four months. While it might not be the case, such conflicts can potentially create divisions within the locker room. Players may find themselves feeling loyal to particular coaches and, in such a scenario, might feel compelled to pick sides.
This situation could be particularly delicate for a player like Damian Lillard, who spent nine years under Stotts’ guidance. However, Lillard’s recent comments suggest he’s approaching it with maturity and professionalism. He acknowledged, “I’ve been in this league long enough to know that these types of things happen. Everything continues, so you’ve got to kind of process things like this and other things that may come up and continue to move forward. For me, knowing Terry as long as I’ve known him—playing for him for nine years and him also making this transition for me easier just having a familiar face be such a huge part of it—was a good thing. I think now that I’m settled in, to see him go is unfortunate. It’s sad to see him go, but like I said, everything is still moving forward.”