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LeBron: 'Stotts should have been or could have been COY'

  • LeBron: 'Stotts should have been or could have been COY'

Setting an NBA record with 73 wins wasn't enough.

LeBron James told Chris Hayes of Cleveland.com that Portland Trail Blazers bench boss Terry Stotts had a strong case for Coach of the Year that went to Steve Kerr.

Stotts finished as a close second to Kerr, who tallied 381 points against Stotts' 335.

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"I think Terry Stotts should have been or could have been Coach of the Year," James said. "I can't remember the last time that I've seen a team lose four starters and still be in the same position as far as the postseason success they had.

"I mean they lost (Nic) Batum, they lost (Wes) Matthews, they lost Robin (Lopez), and they lost LaMarcus (Aldridge) in the offseason and the only returning starter was Dame," James said.

James laid out the entire case for Stotts: he had to coach a newly-built roster on the fly and still came away with 44 wins and a trip to the second round of the playoffs. To be able to accomplish so much, so quickly, with such a young roster - Stotts would have been an extremely deserving winner.

The Blazers even took down the Cavaliers 105-76 earlier this season, to which James remarked to Haynes, "(Stotts) coached his a-- off."

James also showed love to Portland's two star guards in Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum. James said he considers Lillard an all-star despite being snubbed from this year's team, and that the Canton-native McCollum was a "stud."

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