Pistons name Porter assistant coach
Auburn Hills, MI (Sports Network) – The Detroit Pistons announced on
Wednesday that they have signed Terry Porter as an assistant coach. Per club
policy, terms of the contract were not released.
Porter spent two seasons as head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks, leading the
team to a 41-41 record and a playoff berth in his first season there.
Before he got into coaching, Porter enjoyed a distinguished 17-year career in
the NBA, averaging 12.2 points, 5.6 assists and 1.24 steals with Minnesota,
Portland, Miami and San Antonio.
“We are pleased to add Terry Porter to our coaching staff,” said Detroit
president of basketball operations Joe Dumars. “Terry was a fierce competitor
during his playing days and he has excelled as both a head coach and assistant
coach in this league. We feel his experience is a good fit for out team.”
Porter was named an All-Star twice (1991, 1993) and made two trips to the NBA
Finals (1990, 1992). He signed with the Timberwolves before the 1995-96 season
and joined coach Flip Saunders, who is the current Pistons head coach.
Together, they led Minnesota to its first-ever playoff berth in 1996-97 and
its first winning season the following year.
“I’m excited about the opportunity that Joe Dumars and Flip Saunders have
given me,” said Porter. “The Pistons are a championship organization and I
look forward to working with the players and coaching staff.”