Saturday, April 2, 2011
Mavs assistant Terry Stotts stays quiet
By Tim MacMahon
OAKLAND -- Mavericks assistant coach Terry Stotts has no interest in telling his side of the story.
Stotts ended up in the spotlight toward the end of the Mavs-Lakers altercation when he tried to play peacemaker by wrapping up L.A. forward Matt Barnes from behind. Barnes, who didn’t know who was grabbing him, responded by knocking Stotts into the nearby courtside seats.
Lakers coach Phil Jackson was critical of Stotts, saying that coaches should only grab their own players in such situations. Stotts hasn’t said a word about the incident, which resulted in the ejections of Barnes, Lakers guard Steve Blake, Mavericks guard Jason Terry and Dallas center Brendan Haywood.
“Not gonna go there,” he said with a smile when approached after the Mavs’ Saturday morning shootaround.
Haywood said he has no idea what he did to earn an ejection other than being next to referee Joey Crawford when he started tossing players.
Terry, who started the altercation with a shove in Blake’s back, found humor in the foul that was downgraded from a flagrant 2 to a flagrant 1 the next day.
“He was already falling,” Terry said. “I just assisted him.”