Stotts sets a defensive tone on Day 1 of camp

Stotts sets a defensive tone on Day 1 of camp
October 1, 2013, 1:15 pm
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Stotts: Teaching, correcting mistakes

TUALATIN -- The Portland Trail Blazers knocked out their morning session of what is Day 1 of training camp in preparation for the 2013-14 NBA season.

Head coach Terry Stotts says the focus during this session was centered on defense, in particular, transition defense and pick-and-roll defense.

According to Coach, they won the day.

I thought we got accomplished what we wanted to get accomplished,” he said.

After revealing his plan to modify his defensive philosophy from last year, Stotts got right to work today. And part of that consisted of holding players accountable on the defensive end.

Defense is about communication and moving your feet. Often mental lapses are frequent on that side of the ball. You seldom see plays taken off on the offensive end.

Stotts is taking a no-nonsense approach with his team and he's instilling that on Day 1.

You can't accept certain things,” Stotts said. “You can't accept mental mistakes. You can't accept mistakes that you know better. They need to be pointed out. They need to be corrected. At this stage, it's about teaching and correcting.”

Damian Lillard said there's definitely a “level up” in competition this year due to the upgraded roster. Talent won't be the issue, it's the mental mistakes on defense. And Stotts wants to nip that in the bud.

You can't let things slide,” Stotts said. “It's too easy to let things slide.”


Stotts said Mo Williams tweaked his ankle during practice this morning. His status for this evening's session is unknown as of now. Though, Stotts didn't believe it was anything serious.

Trail Blazers owner Paul Allen was in attendance. After practice, he addressed the media. You can find that interview here.