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Report: Clippers interested in Nate McMillan as coach

May 24, 2013, 8:50 AM EDT

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It’s a little tough to predict where the Clippers’ coaching search might lead because hiring a coach is a task owner Donald Sterling takes on personally. He has for a long time. He was the guy charmed by Vinny Del Negro and hired him when the basketball operations people wanted to go another direction (and Sterling didn’t want to let Del Negro go, either).

But wisely it looks as if they are going after a veteran coach. Chris Broussard had this tidbit at ESPN.

The Clippers, having just released Vinny Del Negro on Tuesday, are in the early stages of their search. They are high on Nate McMillan.

Byron Scott and Golden State assistant Mike Malone are also strong candidates. Both have ties to Chris Paul as they coached him in New Orleans, and Paul is believed to be fond of each of them.

CP3’s voice will carry weight in this hire, but it is Sterling that will ultimately make the call.

This should be one of the most coveted jobs out there — the Clippers are a team on the verge of contending. The coach is going to need to find a way to get more out of (or find a way to replace) DeAndre Jordan, he’s going to have to come up with a system that both wins and placates the egos on the locker room, but there is a lot to work with here. The Clippers won 56 games and the Pacific Division last season and they should still improve next year.

McMillan would seem a good fit with Paul. If Lionel Hollins becomes available he might make the list, too.

But it’s just a little tough to make predictions when the owner is handing things personally.

  1. saint1997 - May 24, 2013 at 9:30 AM

    It’s a shame the Van Gundys aren’t interested in coaching I imagine this would be a great fit – not to mention the nice living and undoubtably fat pay cheque

  2. ulaanbaatarscot - May 24, 2013 at 9:33 AM

    This is Sterling we are talking about there is no fat pay cheque so the Van Gundy’s won’t be interested.

  3. blantoncollier - May 24, 2013 at 10:30 AM

    If CP3 approves this could be a good landing spot for Byron Scott. Good coach that wins with the right team, has relationship with Paul. Plus he comes cheap since he has time left on his contract with the Cavs.

  4. mat9844 - May 24, 2013 at 10:33 AM

    I consider the Clippers one of the most talented teams in the NBA. I hope they get someone who knows how to use this advantage and take the team to a higher level of playing. BTW good article.

    • tcclark - May 24, 2013 at 11:29 AM

      Apparently they have a thing for NC State grads

    • tcclark - May 24, 2013 at 11:30 AM

      Yeah that wasnt in response to your post. My bad

  5. qpoiu1 - May 24, 2013 at 12:55 PM

    McMillan is a nice coach but he doesn’t fit with the Clippers’ roster. He plays on such a slow pace, and this roster is more suited for an up-tempo style

  6. baylj98 - May 24, 2013 at 1:05 PM

    I have been a Clippers fan for many years. They have been an exciting team to watch the last two years since they hired Chris Paul. I love how the whole team has come together and played tough defense. They remind me of the Celtics of the 60’s era. I hope they get a coach who has them run like the old Celtics did when they won all those championships. Looking forward to another exciting year. Good luck Clippers.

  7. pistolpete0903 - May 24, 2013 at 2:46 PM

    Why not let Chris Paul coach as well??!!!
    C’mon I mean he is a good player, but at some point the GM/owner gotta put his foot down and make the decision.

  8. stayhigh_247 - May 25, 2013 at 1:18 AM

    If they land Nate I can definitely see KG and Pierce coming to the Clippers. I highly doubt they would play for some of those other names being thrown around.

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