Terry Porter: Through the Years
June 7, 2008
Steve Kerr introduces Terry Porter as the new Phoenix Suns coach at a press conference on June 9.
Terry Porter answers questions during the pres conference introducing him as the Phoenix Suns head coach.
Terry Porter meets with the local media after being announced as the new Phoenix Suns head coach.
Terry Porter has signed on to become the next head coach of the Phoenix Suns.
The 45-year-old was a 17-year NBA veteran and has been both a head and assistant coach in the league.
Porter was an assistant on Flip Saunders' staff in Detroit for the past two seasons.
As a Pistons assistant, Porter worked with All-Star playmaker Chauncey Billups.
Porter's first head coaching stint was in Milwaukee, where he led the Bucks to a playoff berth in his first season at the helm.
Bucks guard Michael Redd blossomed into an All-Star under Porter's tutelage.
One-time Suns forward Tim Thomas was a captain for Porter's Bucks during his two-season stint as head coach in Milwaukee.
Porter made his head coaching start in Milwaukee after growing up in Wisconsin and playing ball at Wisc-Stevens Point.
Porter has built a reputation as a communicator who relates well with today's players.
The Suns new head coach enjoys a lighter moment on the bench.
Porter has been an active member of the community throughout his years in the NBA as a player and coach and was the recipient of the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award in 1993.
A member of the Boys and Girls Clubs Hall of Fame, Porter also participated in the NBA's Read to Achieve program.
Porter wound up as an assistant on the 2003 Western Conference All-Star team, which included Suns All-Stars Shawn Marion and Stephon Marbury, and future Suns stars Steve Nash and Shaquille O'Neal.
Porter spent the 2002-03 season in Sacramento as an assistant on Rick Adelman's Kings' staff.
Porter played out his 17-year playing career in San Antonio, where he was a teammate of Suns General Manager Steve Kerr.
Porter will now be facing off against his former Spurs head coach Greg Popovich.
Porter played against his starting point guard Steve Nash.
Although he played with Spurs greats David Robinson, Tim Duncan and Avery Johnson, Porter did not play on any of San Antonio's championship teams.
Porter averaged over 10 points in 50 games for the Heat in 1998-99.
Porter spent three seasons with the Timberwolves in Minnesota from 1995-98.
In Minnesota, Porter played with future Suns Stephon Marbury and Tom Gugliotta, as well as All-Star forward Kevin Garnett.
Porter regulary posted up with NBA legend Magic Johnson during his time in Portland.
The Trail Blazers selected Porter with the 24th overall pick in the 1985 NBA Draft and remained in Portland for 10 seasons.
As a Blazers captain, Porter helped lead Portland to the NBA Finals twice and continues to hold the NBA Finals single-game record for the most free throws made, none missed 15 (June 7, 1990 at Detroit).