Mar 30, 2016; Milwaukee, WI, USA; The Milwaukee Bucks logo on the floor prior o the game against the Phoenix Suns at BMO Harris Bradley Center. Milwaukee won 105-94. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

With the start of the 2023-24 NBA season just days away, the Milwaukee Bucks received some surprising news with ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reporting that assistant coach Terry Stotts has resigned from the team.

A former head coach with the Atlanta Hawks, the Bucks and the Portland Trail Blazers, Stotts had sat out the previous two seasons after mutually parting ways with Portland following the 2020-21 season. The 65-year-old returned to join new Milwaukee head coach Adrian Griffin’s staff this past offseason, but won’t ultimately be with the team when it opens its upcoming season against the Philadelphia 76ers on Oct. 26 — and beyond.

It’s unclear why Stotts decided to resign, but the decision remains surprising nonetheless. In addition to the Bucks being considered one of the favorites to win the NBA title this season, Milwaukee recently made a blockbuster trade to acquire superstar guard Damian Lillard, who played under Stotts during the first nine years of his NBA career in Portland.

All indications are that Stotts and Lillard had a great relationship during their time together with the Trail Blazers, so it was certainly a shock to see the assistant coach resign so close to the start of the season. Shortly after Wojnarowski announced the news of Stotts’ departure, many took to social media to weigh in.


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