Terry Stotts joins elite NBA company with 500th win of his coaching career

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Terry Stotts joins elite NBA company with 500th win of his career originally appeared on NBC Sports Northwest

The Trail Blazers picked up the 125-119 win over the Dallas Mavericks on Friday.

While it was just a single win on the season, it was a very special win for Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts - It was win No. 500 of his career.

With the victory, Stotts becomes just the 35th coach in NBA history to hit the 500 mark.

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The streamers shot from the rafters after the game to mark the occasion, and his team had a special celebration waiting for him when he walked into the locker room.

I got a little bit of a dousing. You'll probably see it online here pretty soon.

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"It's pretty special. After my first two years in Atlanta, I didn't think I'd get to 100," Stotts said with a smile. "I've been in the league a long time and I'm very fortunate, especially here in Portland... obviously it's pretty special."

Stotts previously coached with the Atlanta Hawks and the Milwaukee Bucks, going a combined 115-168 over four years with those teams.

Things changed for him when he got to Portland.

He has roamed the sidelines in Rip City for the past nine seasons, with 385 of his 500 career wins coming with the Trail Blazers. 

Over those years, Stotts has been blessed with players like LaMarcus Aldridge, CJ McCollum, and Damian Lillard, all players he largely credits for his success.

"As a coach you always know your success is based on your players," Stotts said. "It's a players league and players determine your success or failure. So I've been fortunate, here in Portland especially, to have some really good players and good teammates who believe in doing things the right way and playing the right way."

Stotts' 385 wins with Portland trails only the legendary Jack Ramsay (453) for the most wins in franchise history.

Coach Stotts currently has the eighth-most wins among active head coaches. 

One of the coaches ahead of him on the active list is the guy who teams he beat on Thursday - Dallas' Rick Carlisle. 

Carlisle (815) is the 16th winningest coach of all-time and third among active coaches. Carlisle is one of the greats and he can take credit for a large part of the Stotts' success. 

Coach Stotts was on Carlisle's staff in Dallas from 2008-12. The stretch was wildly successful for Dallas, culminating with an NBA Championship in 2011. 

"Being with George Karl for 10 years and learning under him is still a big part of what I've done," Stotts said. "Being in Dallas and winning a championship and being with Rick (Carlisle) allowed me to see a different way of doing things.Then once I got here, just kind of trying to figure things out my own way and being comfortable on coaching the way I want to coach and let the chips fall where they may"

10 seasons as an assistant in Seattle, a stop in Atlanta, a layover in Golden State and a tip to Milwaukee, Stotts has a lot of experience under his belt. 

Dallas was the last stop as an assistant for Stotts. He left Carlisle's staff in the summer of 2012 to take over for the Trail Blazers. The rest, they say, is history.