Thursday, July 07, 2005

Blazers Hire McMillan

Passing up an opportunity to be brave and take a chance on a promising young coach, Portland instead today hired a man who's had one year of moderate success and won one playoff series in five years as a head coach, Nate McMillan.

Not only did they forego an opportunity to grab one of the NBA's bright young minds, they made an insane five-year, $30 million commitment to this coach, making him the second-highest paid coach in the NBA.

McMillan is, essentially, a slightly better version of Maurice Cheeks: a players' coach, former point guard, not necessarily an X's and O's guy. He'll do a better job of commanding the respect of the players and installing an offense. They could have done a lot worse, but I was hoping for a little more. What are your thoughts? We'll have more on this later today.

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