Terry Porter knows his way about the NBA, having played for four teams and having coaching for two others. Porter scored over 15,000 points in his 14-year career (ten of those in Portland), and his J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award from 1993 proves that he could make a few off the court as well. Porter jumped on the phone with Samer to talk about what he’s doing right now and offer some of his opinions on NBA’s playoff contenders and his own future in pro basketball.
WL: What do you think of all the injuries that have happened to the Trail Blazers so far?
TP: Unfortunately this franchise two or three years ago was the new up-and coming-franchise. It had all those areas you need: center with Greg Oden, power forward with LaMarcus [Aldridge] and point guard with Brandon Roy. There’s a lot of still unknown in the organization. They have been unbelievable along with the players to overcome so much adversity and resiliency. They’ve shown that now closing out the first half of the season with five wins.
WL: Do you have any interest in coaching again, or will you stay broadcasting for the Trail Blazers?
TP: Well, there is still some interest in me for coaching. I’ll wait and see what opportunities present themselves. I’m also very excited about doing the broadcast thing. It’s something I’ve enjoyed that’s allowed me to stay close to the game.
WL: If you had to make a prediction, which teams do you see making it to the Finals this season?
TP: When you look out east there are four teams that have a legitimate chance to make the finals. It starts with the Boston Celtics. If everyone stays healthy you have a lot of physicality a lot of teams can’t handle with Jermaine O’ Neal and Shaq. You’ve got the skill positions: Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, Rajon Rondo.
Obviously there’s Miami with the unbelievable key players they have. Can the other pieces like the point guard and center position play up to the level for a seven-game series?