McMillan next up as Pacers head coach

McMillan next up as Pacers head coach

Nate McMillan named Pacers coach May 16, 2016
Nate McMillan (Photo: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

I’m glad Nate McMillan was named head coach of the Indiana Pacers today. Well, I think I’m glad.

I’m sure the 51–year-old McMillan can and will do a good job; he’s proven to be a capable coach. But I’m somewhat worried about him being able to handle what to many people seems to be inept management … aka Larry Bird running the show.

As much as I’ve admired Bird as a player and coach of the Pacers, I definitely joined the club whose members have some serious — at least head-scratching — questions about what the Hall of Famer said before, during and after the ‘non-firing’ of head coach Frank Vogel.

What Bird accomplised on the court as a player, and as head coach of the Pacers, I always was a little hesitant about criticizing him. However, after the way Vogel was let go — especially him finding out via a telephone call from Bird — well, as stated, I’m a member of the club that’s skeptical about and critical of Bird.

Notice that I didn’t even mention Bird’s ‘players only listen to their coach for 3-years’ nonsense.

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Larry Bird (Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Anyway, best of luck to Nate McMillan. He’ll probably need it, despite Bird’s confident and somewhat glowing comments about the man who was the Pacers associate head coach under Vogel the past three seasons.

“I truly believe Nate is the right coach for us at this time,” said Bird, the president of basketball operations for the Pacers. “When I heard he was interested, I got in touch with him, met with him and in our conversation I came away with all the confidence in the world in Nate to lead our franchise to where we want to go. His experience as a player, head coach and assistant coach in the NBA are valuable assets for us.”

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“I want to thank Larry, Herb Simon and the Pacers for this opportunity, which is a great opportunity,” said McMillan. “I’ve been around this franchise three years and understand what the expectations are and look forward to working hard to try to meet them. We have a good team and good base to build from. I’m very anxious to get started.”

 

Jack Windham of inquisitr.com says McMillan is opposite of the uptempo coach Bird says he sought and will be a bad fit for Indiana. Check out his column here.

Full Press Release from the Pacers
May 16, 2016
Pacers name Nate McMillan head coach

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INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Pacers announced today they have named Nate McMillan as their head coach. Per club policy terms of the contract were not released.

McMillan has spent the last three seasons as Associate Head Coach for the Pacers under Frank Vogel.

“I truly believe Nate is the right coach for us at this time,” said Pacers President of Basketball Operations Larry Bird. “When I heard he was interested, I got in touch with him, met with him and in our conversation I came away with all the confidence in the world in Nate to lead our franchise to where we want to go. His experience as a player, head coach and assistant coach in the NBA are valuable assets for us.”

“I want to thank Larry, Herb Simon and the Pacers for this opportunity, which is a great opportunity,” said McMillan. “I’ve been around this franchise three years and understand what the expectations are and look forward to working hard to try to meet them. We have a good team and good base to build from. I’m very anxious to get started.”

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The 51-year-old (8/3/64) McMillan has a vast basketball background as a player and a coach. After playing collegiately at North Carolina State, McMillan was drafted by Seattle (30th overall) in the 1986 NBA Draft. He played his entire 12-year career with the Sonics and had his number (10) retired.

He is second in franchise history in assists and steals and ranks in the top 10 in eight other categories. He was named to the NBA’s All-Defensive team twice (1994 and ’95) and led the league in steals in the 94-95 season with 2.96 per game.

After his playing days, McMillan was a Seattle assistant coach for two years and became the interim coach in 2000. He remained the Sonics’ coach until 2005 and then became Portland’s head coach until he was let go in March, 2012.

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In 2008-09, he led the Trail Blazers to a 54-28 record, the sixth-best record in franchise history. McMillan compiled a 478-452 (.514) record as a head coach for both teams. He also served as an assistant coach for the U.S. National Team where he won gold medals in the 2006 FIBA World Championships, the 2008 Beijing Olympics and the 2012 London Olympics.

McMillan was also inducted into the National Junior College Basketball Hall of Fame in 2001 after playing at Chowan College before transferring to North Carolina State.

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