HoopsHype Nate McMillan rumors


November 30, 2013 Updates

No, his lone regret came one season prior, when the Blazers acquired Wallace in a trade with Charlotte. When Wallace first joined the Blazers, McMillan brought him off the bench because he liked his presence in the second unit and didn’t want to stunt the growth of Batum. But behind the scenes, Wallace sulked, and eventually McMillan relented and shifted Batum to the second unit. “As I look back on it now, if I would have done anything different, I would have kept Nic in the starting lineup,” McMillan says. “Wallace wanted to go in the lineup, and I ended up trying to make that work. But I felt like Nic and Wesley (Matthews) were the right wings for us — and I think right now it’s showing that they’re the right wings. If I had that, to do it over again, I wouldn’t have done that. Nic was the future.” Oregonian

But what about the end? When the lopsided losses mounted? When his team quit on him? “There wasn’t anything I could do,” McMillan says. “Sometimes as a coach you get caught in the perfect storm and you’ve just got to ride it out and see where you land. And that was the perfect storm. It was a lockout season. I had lost Brandon and Greg and we had some guys who were new to the team and I didn’t really know them. I think there were guys that had other agendas and their plan wasn’t to be there long-term. I was just caught in that storm and, again, I had to ride it out.” Oregonian

November 27, 2013 Updates

When Portland acquired one-time All-Star Gerald Wallace via trade midway through the 2010-11 season, McMillan had a tough decision to make. And he made it. It’s one of the only things he regrets during his time as the Trail Blazers coach. “Really, I felt like Nicolas was going to be a good player and a talented player. Again, he was drafted with that in mind, with being a part of the future. Probably the one thing when I look back on my time in Portland that I regret was the decision to take Nicolas out of that lineup and starting Gerald Wallace,” McMillan admitted. “That was something that I was battling with the time I was there. CSNNW.com

“I knew that Nic was going to be the future. I knew Wesley [Matthews] was going to be the future. Those were the two best wings for us. But bringing in a veteran such as Gerald Wallace and trying to convince him to come off the bench and he did for about a week or two. He felt like he needed to be in the starting lineup. I went against what I really believed was right which was Nicolas and Wesley playing with LaMarcus because they defended and they shot the ball at the two and three positions. But we gave him as much as I felt like he could handle at the time.” CSNNW.com

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“We are extremely thrilled to have Nate join our staff,” said Pacers head coach Frank Vogel. “To get someone with his experience as a player and a coach will be extremely valuable to our players, to our staff and to our franchise.” NBA.com

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Indiana Pacers coach Frank Vogel isn’t wasting much time in his search to fill a recently-vacated assistant coaching slot. Vogel met with former Sonics and TrailBlazers head coach Nate McMillan on Monday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse regarding the position, a source told The Star. The two also went to dinner that night at Mo’s Steakhouse Downtown. Indianapolis Star

June 24, 2013 Updates

Irving wouldn't comment on rumors of a LeBron James return to Cleveland, said he doesn't think about it. Of course, if he did, even that could be considered tampering. The pool of candidates is shallow at this point in the offseason, but league sources made early suggestions such as Brian Shaw, Lawrence Frank, and Nate McMillan, among others. “I think they do have to go young, and Danny [Ainge] is going to want to look like a genius,” a league source said. “Brian Shaw is what I think they’d hire, but I don’t know. Danny might go outside the box a little.” Ainge, the Celtics’ president of basketball operations, and Shaw, who was drafted by the Celtics in 1988, were teammates during the 1988-89 season in Boston. Shaw, who is an assistant coach in Indiana, was a candidate for the Clippers job. Boston Globe

June 15, 2013 Updates

However, speculation about Rivers becoming the next Clippers coach to replace Vinny Del Negro still isn't a dead issue, the NBA executives said late Friday. Meanwhile, the Clippers were still trying to set up a face-to-face interview with former Portland Trail Blazers Coach Nate McMillan, a meeting that could take place next week, one executive said. Another celebrated coach looking for work is former Denver Nuggets coach George Karl. However, one executive said the Clippers "never expressed tremendous interest" in Karl. He is expected to be interviewed for the Memphis job next week. Los Angeles Times

June 13, 2013 Updates

As the Clippers continue their search for a new coach, they remain interested in Lionel Hollins and Nate McMillan, said an NBA executive who was not authorized to speak publicly on the matter. Hollins, the former coach of the Memphis Grizzlies, was scheduled to meet with the Clippers’ front office later Thursday and on Friday to present his case on why he should replace Vinny Del Negro as L.A.’s next head coach, the executive said. The Clippers are still trying to set up an interview time with McMillan, the former Portland Trail Blazers coach. McMillan is “most likely” to visit the Clippers next week, the executive said. Los Angeles Times

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