50. Achieving Greatness with Terry Porter


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Portland basketball icon Terry Porter was named head men's basketball coach at the University of Portland in April of 2016. Porter, a 17-year NBA veteran player and former NBA head coach, is the 21st basketball head coach in Pilot history. Porter was a standout for the Portland Trail Blazers and had his jersey retired by the franchise in 2009. During his 17-year NBA career, Porter averaged 12.2 points, 5.6 assists, 1.2 steals, made two All-Star appearances (1991, 1993), two trips to the NBA Finals (1990, 1992) and scored 15,586 career points.

In addition to his playing and coaching accolades, Porter has been one a strong advocate for various community and charitable organizations. He was a long-time team ambassador for the Trail Blazers after his playing career ended and one of the biggest community contributors of any Portland-area celebrity. He is a Boys and Girls Club Hall of Fame member, board member at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, and created the Milwaukee Scholars Fund in 1994, which provides college scholarships to minority students. He and his wife Susie have three children – Brianna, Franklin and Malcolm.


[01:30] His career background in NBA

[02:40] Privilege to coach his boys in college basketball

[04:18] Recognition received by retiring his jersey number

[06:51] How to motivate players to be a top-notch level

[07:20] Two types of Leadership or Coaching style

[09:20] Building the culture and relationship with the players

[14:40] Determining what type of player to recruit

[16:08] Coaching between amateur and professionals

[19:10] Recruitment and evaluation of players

[21:14] How to set the right goals, measure & achieve them

[23:55] Mentorship and coaching

[24:45] Managing outside distractions

[26:21] Core values he brought into his coaching style

[29:25] Dealing with players who don’t perform and are not committed

[33:36] Achieving greatness in your chosen career

[37:07] Advice to his 25-year-old self

[38:16] First Entrepreneurial endeavor

[39:20] Formal and Informal training that shaped his journey

[40:20] Biggest mistake or disappointment and what he learned from it

[43:45] Best way to reach out to Terry


[10:50] In professional sports, you’ve got to be honest and be careful with how you coach them with mistakes and how to handle criticism. Some guys you can yell at them in front of others, some guys you can't. The decisions you make are best for the group, not individual. Everybody’s got to understand that their role is valued for the organization and the team.

[25:00] On managing outside distractions:

You need to have a hard conversation with them and let them know that this will not last forever. You have to be smart on how to manage your big purchases, how you're gonna live, and the importance of taking care of your body. You should enjoy the fruits of your labor, but there’s a fine line of understanding how to enjoy and also maintain the condition of your body in order to perform the next day.

[33:31] There’s a lot of different levels of greatness. Each organization has to determine what greatness is. Improving yourself from the following year is reaching greatness. There’s a lot of victories along the way, and you might not reach the ultimate goal but if you put in the effort, dedication, and commitment to achieve a portion of those goals then that’s a form of greatness too because there are always sacrifices.

[42:27] When you face adversity, It’s how you respond to it, will you quit? or will you become more determined? Will you seek people who will help you get over adversity? You have to make sure that when you’re faced with the same scenario, you don’t commit the same mistake.


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