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Nate McMillan interviews with Hawks for head coaching job

May 15, 2013, 9:57 PM EDT

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Nate McMillan interviewed with the Atlanta Hawks for their head coaching job on Wednesday, according to a report from Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.

McMillan has also interviewed with the Bucks and the Pistons, and remains in the running for each of those vacant positions, as well.

The Hawks still have their current head coach Larry Drew under contract through the end of June, but he’s not expected to be retained. Drew has been given permission to interview elsewhere during the process, although Atlanta’s GM Danny Ferry hasn’t completely ruled out bringing Drew back.

Atlanta was said to be targeting Stan Van Gundy — and, perhaps by proxy, Dwight Howard as a free agent. But Van Gundy isn’t likely to choose a return to the sidelines next season.

As for McMillan, he posted a sub-.500 record over seven seasons with the Portland Trail Blazers, and never led the team past the first round of the playoffs, while reaching the postseason there three times. He has a reputation as a defensive-minded coach and as a bit of a disciplinarian, which are both qualities the Hawks could desperately use if the team does indeed decide to make a coaching change.

  1. nawlinsmitty - May 16, 2013 at 12:32 AM

    As long as the Hawks are stuck with the present ownership, the organization will go the cheap route and hire average, recycled, inexpensive coaches. They will never get past the first round of the playoffs.

    • thatstinks - May 16, 2013 at 1:57 PM

      Danny Ferry has control & the checkbook . He will hire whoever he wants ……and they will be magnificent .

  2. money2long - May 16, 2013 at 2:10 AM

    jeff van gundy has this policy where he won’t engage teams who inquire about his coaching interest if the team contacting him already has a coach in place.

    • thatstinks - May 16, 2013 at 2:25 PM

      Sounds like Jeff Van Gundy couldn’t cut it as a Hawk .

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