KERRY EGGERS ON SPORTS/Taking the reins of the Pacific Tigers has been 'a lot of fun' for ex-Wilson High, Trail Blazers star

COURTESY: UNIVERSITY OF THE PACIFIC - Damon Stoudamire returned to Portland to coach against the Pilots in his first year as head of the Pacific Tigers men's basketball team.The Pacific Tigers are near the end of their game-day shootaround at Chiles Center, and the coach is growing impatient as they work on an inbound play.

"Way too slow," he says. "Way too slow."

With greater sense of urgency, the Tigers sprint through their screens and cuts and finish the play with a dunk off a lob pass at the rim.

The coach nods his approval, then moves to the next task.

This is Damon Stoudamire's life now, as first-year head coach of a lower-echelon West Coast Conference program located in Stockton, California, once named the most miserable city in the United States by Forbes Magazine.

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