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Report: Nate McMillan contacted about open coaching jobs

Jun 11, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

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Only two NBA coaching jobs remain open, the Los Angeles Lakers and Cleveland Cavaliers.

Could Nate McMillan end up with one of those jobs? The veteran coach has been contacted by both teams, reports Chris Haynes of

Two NBA teams with head coach openings have reached out to the representatives of Indiana Pacers assistant coach Nate McMillan, league sources informed at AmericanAirlines Arena on Tuesday night.

Contact was made merely on an exploratory basis to gauge his level of interest, said a source who requested anonymity.

Again there are two open jobs, so if two teams reached out….

McMillan is a former head coach of the Seattle Sonics and the Portland Trail Blazers who currently is Frank Vogel’s lead assistant with the Pacers. McMillan has a dozen years experience as a head coach and had a winning overall record of 478-452. His teams tended to play at a slow pace but were efficient on offense.

McMillan fits in the mold of veteran coaches that the Lakers have spoken to (Alvin Gentry, Byron Scott, Lionel Hollins, and so on). Cleveland’s search has been all over the map, including an aggressive pursuit of John Calipari.

  1. sportsfan18 - Jun 11, 2014 at 8:18 AM

    Geez, when the Lakers finally do get around to hiring a baby sitter, er coach… they’ll hear a name AFTER they’ve announced their coach and say wow, we didn’t think of him!

    Then a smart reporter will say yes, yes you did. He was the 245th candidate out of 328 that you interviewed…

    Mitch places his hand to his chin and rubs it… thinking… did I/we interview him? Or was that the year before last when we found our previous savior Mike D’Antoni? Or was it the year before that when we hired the great Mike Brown?

  2. duhwighthoward - Jun 11, 2014 at 9:12 AM

    I wonder what interviewing for the Lakers coaching job is like.
    Mitch: So we’ve only got Kobe, Nash, and Sacre under contract. What do you think you can do with that?
    Coach: Make a run at the 8th seed and then anything can happen in the playoffs?
    Mitch: Wrong answer! You’ve got to be willing to be part of the tanking, ahem, er… rebuilding process for the next two years. Trust me, we won’t fire you when Kobe’s gone and we finally have some talent again.
    Coach: Mmm, okay?
    Mitch: I’ve got some more interviews to conduct. I’ll call you. Don’t call me, okay? I’ll call you.

    • sportsfan18 - Jun 11, 2014 at 4:54 PM

      well, Mitch needs someone to tell Kobe that they are NOT tanking…

      otherwise, instead of seeing a coach choke a player, we might be seeing another Sprewell when Kobe chokes the nearest team executive…

      oh, whether they are trying to tank or not doesn’t matter…

      Their record WAS a tank like 27 & 55…

      New coach ONLY needs 28 wins to IMPROVE upon last season… and everyone likes improvement right?

      Enjoy Kobe the next couple of years Lakers fans… He’s gonna be grouchy and cranky… on his Good days…

  3. asimonetti88 - Jun 11, 2014 at 10:49 AM

    Nate McMillan would be a good hire. Obviously there isn’t a ton of players under contract right now so we don’t know what the roster will look like, but with Nash and Kobe likely to be focal points no matter what happens, Nate’s slow, deliberate pace would be good. He is also a good defensive coach. I would be extremely happy with hiring Nate.

    • sportsfan18 - Jun 11, 2014 at 4:19 PM

      Well, lucky for Nate (or whoever is the new coach) he will ONLY need 28 wins to IMPROVE upon last years total…

      The bar to step over is lying on the floor…

      • asimonetti88 - Jun 12, 2014 at 11:03 AM

        Cool story, bro.

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