I shouldn’t have to tell you at this point that a Blazers piece by Yahoo! Sports’ Kelly Dwyer is a must read. If you want thoughtful, knowledgeable perspectives, he’s your man. And this time, he’s leaving Nate McMillan off his ballot for Coach of the Year, while still saying he’s one of the best out there:
That’s OK, because they do like to run. They also like to hold it up, run a play, and score on you. And they like winning, 50 times in 81 tries. Mainly because Nate’s kept the focus so narrow, so singular. His message has been so effective, no matter the set of ears.
And he didn’t even make my top three coaches of the year. Put him at first on your list, and clearly there’s no way I can argue against it. Just understand that for all the second-guessing we do of coaches in these pages, these coaches are often the best things this league has to offer.
And Nate McMillan might be the best of the best.
No need for any I-told-you-so’s, but next time people want to jump on the Nate bashing bandwagon after a two-game January stretch of poor defense and bad rotations, remember this season.