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Lakers Rumors: Team Reached Out To Nate McMillan About Coach Vacancy Reviewed by Momizat on . [new_royalslider id="289"] There may be another name to add to the head coach candidate list for the Los Angeles Lakers. Recently, there has been more names cro [new_royalslider id="289"] There may be another name to add to the head coach candidate list for the Los Angeles Lakers. Recently, there has been more names cro Rating: 0
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Lakers Rumors: Team Reached Out To Nate McMillan About Coach Vacancy

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There may be another name to add to the head coach candidate list for the Los Angeles Lakers. Recently, there has been more names crossed off after Larry Brown expressed no interest in the job, and Derek Fisher took the New York Knicks job.

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While everything was informal and there is no interview scheduled, the Lakers have apparently reached out to former Portland Trail Blazers head coach, and current Indiana Pacers assistant, Nate McMillan, according to Comcast Sportsnet Northwest:

Contact was made merely on an exploratory basis to gauge his level of interest, said a source who requested anonymity. Being that the Los Angeles Lakers and Cleveland Cavaliers are the only two teams currently without a head coach, I think it’s safe to speculate that they inquired about McMillan

McMillan is definitely a new name to be mentioned, but he does check off all the boxes that the Lakers seem to be looking for. He is an experienced, tough-minded, defensive oriented head coach who connects with his players and will command respect.

McMillan has experienced varied levels of success as head coach of the Blazers as well as the Seattle Supersonics, despite some extenuating circumstances. He took over the Sonics as star Gary Payton was getting older, and eventually was traded away, yet still took the Sonics to the playoffs twice in five seasons.

He also led the Blazers to three consecutive postseason appearances before the team was ravaged by injuries to Greg Oden and Brandon Roy.

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McMillan will be facing some tough competition for the job as Byron Scott seems to be the favorite and Lionel Hollins was very successful in his last job. Nothing is for sure here, and there is no guarantee that McMillan even interviews, but he could be an interesting choice.
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  • LakersHeatBeef

    Byron Scott better get hired by the Lakers if Hollins is not getting the job.

  • roseducanna

    1- TOM THIBODEAU. 2- HOLLINS.

    • stucktrader

      we all agree with Thibs… but we know Chicago would never let a coach like that go… especially with Carmelo possibly joining them…

  • Lakerfan4life

    HIRE HOLLINS! hes a much better fit and is the best coach out of all the lakers have interviewed!

  • LegendInMyMind

    I don’t think the Lakers are really all that high on any of their candidates thus far. And neither am I. No problem with them taking their time, most of these guys aren’t going anywhere.

  • Lakers4Life

    Jeff Van Gundy all the way <3

  • J Taylor

    I wonder if this rumor is more about an assistant coach position.

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